Kent Law School

Critical perspectives research led teaching


 

About

Biography

Sara Kendall studies the discursive forms and material practices of international law and global governance. After earning her doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley, where she wrote her dissertation on the Special Court for Sierra Leone, she worked as a researcher in the Department of Public International Law at Leiden University, where she studied the effects of International Criminal Court interventions in Kenya and Uganda. She also taught international relations at the University of Amsterdam before coming to Kent.  She is currently working on a book-length project on the International Criminal Court, in which she uses approaches and insights drawn from the humanities, the interpretive social sciences, and critical legal theory.  


Research

Sara’s research addresses legal responses to – and complicity with – forms of violence, broadly understood. One strand of this research has focused on the ways in which the juridical field attempts to contain or respond to mass atrocity, specifically through the sub-fields of international criminal law and international humanitarian law. Her current research project focuses on the ‘restorative turn’ in international criminal law through a reading of International Criminal Court practices. A second strand focuses on law’s production and reproduction of violence through recourse to humanitarian logics, and in particular, on the role of humanitarianism in justifying (state) violence from the colonial period to the present.

Sara has published on the implications of the victim as a legal category in international criminal law, the political economy of international criminal tribunals, legal pluralism and ‘hybridity’ at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the rise of expert knowledge in post-Cold War constitution-drafting practices. Her work has appeared in Law and Contemporary Problems; Leiden Journal of International Law; African Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Law, Culture and the Humanities;and Studies in Law, Politics and Society. Her current book-length project explores the effects of International Criminal Court interventions based upon observations of the court’s work in Uganda, Kenya, and the Netherlands.

Research Areas: International (criminal) law, global governance, critical theory, political theory, anthropologies of law


Major projects

· AHRC funded research network on 'Legal Materialities', together with Dr. Hyo Yoon Kang. Grant period: 2017-2019.

The Legal Materiality Network will be an interdisciplinary forum for exchange that foregrounds the material dimensions of law in light of the transformations affecting many aspects of law, challenging its concepts and practices, such as property or territory. The legal materiality network will reconceptualise law as an assemblage of materials, norms, discourses and knowledge practices. It will formulate new approaches to make sense of law’s changing materiality, from textuality to diverse matters and media.

More information about the network is available here

· SSHRC (Canada) Insight Development Grant collaborator, 'Feeling Life: Biopolitics, Literature, and Humanitarian Sentimentality', together with Professor Stuart Murray, Carleton University, Department of English Language and Literature).

This Canadian research council project explores the affective forces behind contemporary biopolitical/humanitarian interventions, and in particular, how “humanitarian sentimentality” functions implicitly as a moral justification for political or even military actions in the name of humanity or human life itself. The project explores the nineteenth century literary production of humanitarian sentimentality and its contemporary biopolitical manifestations.

· Researcher, Netherlands Scientific Organization (NWO) funded project based at Leiden University, investigating the social, political, and legal effects of International Criminal Court interventions.

Sara's co-edited volume Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions (Cambridge University Press, December 2015) is available for download here.

 


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Publications

 

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Kendall, S. (2016). Unsettling Redemption: The Ethics of Intrasubjectivity in 'The Act of Killing'. MediaTropes 6:22-44.
Kendall, S. (2016). On Academic Production and the Politics of Inclusion. Leiden Journal of International Law [Online] 29:617-624. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156516000224.
Kendall, S. and Nouwen, S. (2016). Speaking of Legacy Towards an Ethos of Modesty at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. American Journal of International Law [Online] 110:212-232. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5305/amerjintelaw.110.2.0212.
Kendall, S. (2015). Commodifying Global Justice: Economies of Accountability at the International Criminal Court. Journal of International Criminal Justice [Online] 13:113-134. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqu079.
Kendall, S. (2015). "Constitutional Technicity": Displacing Politics Through Expert Knowledge. Journal of Law, Culture, and Humanities [Online] 11:363-377. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1743872113496518.
Kendall, S. and Nouwen, S. (2014). Representational Practices at the International Criminal Court: the Gap Between Juridified and Abstract Victimhood. Law and Contemporary Problems 76:.-.
Kendall, S. (2014). "UhuRuto" and Other Leviathans: the International Criminal Court and the Kenyan Political Order. African Journal of Legal Studies 7:.-.
Kendall, S. (2011). Donor's Justice: Recasting International Criminal Accountability. Leiden Journal of International Law 24:.-.
Kendall, S. (2010). Hybrid Justice at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Studies in Law, Politics and Society 51:.-.
Book section
Kendall, S. (2017). Cartographies of the Present: 'Contingent Sovereignty' and Territorial Integrity. in: Kuijer, M. and Werner, W. eds. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2016. Springer, pp. 83-105. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6265-207-1_4.
Kendall, S. (2016). Archiving Victimhood: Practices of Inscripton in International Criminal Law. in: Motha, S. and van Rijswijk, H. eds. Law, Memory, Violence: Uncovering the Counter-Archive. Routledge.
Kendall, S. (2016). Beyond the ICC: State Responsibility for the Arms Trade in Africa. in: Africa and the ICC: Perceptions of Justice. Cambridge University Press.
Kendall, S. (2015). Beyond the restorative turn: the limits of legal humanitarianism. in: De Vos, C., Kendall, S. and Stahn, C. eds. Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 352-376. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139924528.
Kendall, S., De Vos, C. and Stahn, C. (2015). Introduction: Contested Justice. in: Contested Justice: the Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-20.
Kendall, S. (2014). Critical Orientations: A Critique of International Criminal Court Practice. in: Schwobel, C. ed. Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law. Routledge.
Kendall, S. (2014). Marketing Accountability at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. in: Jalloh, C. ed. The Sierra Leone Special Court and its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law. Cambridge University Press.
Kendall, S. (2013). The Libyan Civil War and the Rise of the "Responsibility to Protect". in: Hwang, Y. -J. and Cerna, L. eds. Global Challenges: Peace and War. Brill.
Kendall, S. and Sesay, A. (2011). "Seeing Justice Done": Outreach and Civil Society at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. in: Albrow, . and Seckinelgin, . eds. Global Civil Society 2011: Globality and the Absence of Justice. Palgrave Macmillan.
Edited book
De Vos, C., Kendall, S. and Stahn, C. eds. (2015). Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions. [Online]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139924528.
Review
Kendall, S. (2012). New Histories of the Present: Revisiting Post-World War II Juridical Forms. Melbourne Journal of International Law 13:349-357.
Kendall, S. and De Vos, C. (2012). Foregrounding the 'Local': Place-based Approaches to Transnational Justice. The International Journal of Transitional Justice 6:.-.
Kendall, S. (2008). Review of Antony Anghie, Imperialism Sovereignty, and the Making of International Law. Journal of Law, Culture, and Humanities 4:119-122.
Total publications in KAR: 22 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching and Supervision

Undergraduate modules

LW506: International Law

LW643: International Law and the Use of Force


Postgraduate modules

LW846: International Criminal Law
LW844: Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems


Supervision

International law, legal theory and philosophy, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, global governance, critical and political theory, colonial legacies in law

 

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Other Academic Activities

Other positions at Kent Law School


Additional Academic Positions

  • Associated Researcher, Vrije University, Amsterdam
  • General Editor, Leiden Journal of International Law (Cambridge University Press)
  • Member, Editoral Board, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Member, Organising Committee, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities
  • Collaborator, SSHRC (Canada) Insight Development Grant, 'Feeling Life: Biopolitics, Literature, and Humanitarian Sentimentality'
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