Dr Sévane Garibian

Sévane Garibian is Doctor of Law from the Universities of Paris X and Geneva, Assistant Professor (Grantholder of Excellence UNIGE 2011) at the University of Geneva and Lecturer at the University of Neuchâtel, where she teaches Legal Philosophy and International Criminal Law. Her work focuses on issues related to Law facing State Crimes (domains: International Criminal Justice, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, “Memory Laws”). Swiss National Science Foundation post-doctoral Research Fellow (2008-2012), Visiting Fellow at the University of Buenos Aires (2008-2011) and at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (starting from 2012), Sévane Garibian is the author of numerous papers and contributions to anthologies, as well as two books: Le crime contre l’humanité au regard des principes fondateurs de l’Etat moderne. Naissance et consécration d’un concept, Schulthess, LGDJ, Bruylant, Geneva, Paris, Bruxels, 2009, and Normas, valores, poderes. Ensayos sobre Positivismo y Derecho internacional (co-author Alberto Puppo), Fontamara, Doctrina Juridica, México, 2010. She has also co-edited, with Elisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Cadáveres impensables, cadáveres impensadosEl tratamiento de los cuerpos en las violencias de masa y los genocidios, Mino y Davila, Buenos Aires, 2013. She is currently editing La mort du bourreau. Justices et vengeances face aux crimes de masse to be published with Editions Petra, Paris. Please follow the link for more information.

Her contribution to the Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide project is particularly focused on questions raised by the absence of corpses – the disappeared “body of the crime” – and the way to deal with it through the language of Law: how does Law embody and incorporate disappearance and its victims? What is its scope, impact and limits? In which ways can Law represent a resistance to disappearance, in the very specific context of post-mass violence or genocide built on the systematic effacement of its victims’ bodies/corpses?

Sévane has recently published:

‘De la rupture du consensus. L’affaire Perinçek, le génocide arménien et le droit pénal international’, in Le génocide des Arméniens. Cent ans de recherche 1915-2015, Armand Colin, Paris, 2015, pp. 212-221.

‘Truth versus impunity: Post-transitional justice in Argentina and the “human rights turn”‘, African Yearbook of Rhetoric, vol. 6, no.1, 2015, pp. 63-73.

‘La consécration juridique de témoins oubliés: le juge argentin face au génocide des Arméniens’, in Béatrice Fleury et Jacques Walter dir.,Carrières de témoins de conflits contemporains (2). Les témoins consacrés, les témoins oubliés, PUN-Editions universitaires de Lorraine, Nancy, 2014, pp. 161-174.

‘Ghosts Also Die. Resisting Disappearance Through the ‘Right to the Truth’ and the Juicios por la verdad in Argentina, Journal of International Criminal Justice, vol. 12, n° 3, 2014, pp. 515-538: http://jicj.oxfordjournals.org/content/12/3/515.full.pdf+html.

‘Vérité vs. impunité. La justice (post-)transitionnelle en Argentine et le human rights turn’, in Kora ANDRIEU et Geoffroy LAUVAU dir., Quelle justice pour les peuples en transition? Pacifier, démocratiser, réconcilier, Presses Universitaires de la Sorbonne, Paris, 2014, pp. 91-109.

‘La mémoire est-elle soluble dans le droit ? Des incertitudes nées de la décision n° 2012-647 DC du Conseil constitutionnel français’, Droit et Cultures, n° 66, 2013 / 2, pp. 25-56 : http://droitcultures.revues.org/3135.