It's our great pleasure to welcome Dr. Sara Kendall (left) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Sara's a Researcher at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden Law’s Hague campus. There Sara assesses the extent to which International Criminal Court's judicial processes respond to the contexts in which it intervenes. In her introductory post below, written from Nairobi, she examines that issue with respect to Kenya – a situation in which, as Sara explains, an ICC Pre-Trial Chamber yesterday issued a major decision.
Sara has published frequently on international criminal justice issues.
She joined the Grotius Centre after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, where she also taught. In Berkeley’s interdisciplinary Rhetoric department, she specialized in socio-legal studies and political theory, with further reading in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law. Sara conducted a year of fieldwork in Sierra Leone for Berkeley’s War Crimes Studies Center, monitoring and reporting on the work of the Court, as field research for her dissertation, Contested Jurisdictions: Legitimacy and Governance at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.