Sari Wastell is first and foremost a legal anthropologist, with a broad range of interests in African ‘customary’ law, constitutionalism, international humanitarian law and comparative jurisprudence.
Dr Sari Wastell convenese the BA Anthropology programme.
She teaches the following courses:
- Anthropology of Rights
- Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Anthropology and Sociology
Areas of supervision
Current PhD students supervised:
When is Law and Custom not Customary Law?
Presuming Scale, Making Diversity: On the Mischiefs of Measurement and the Global: Local Metonym in Theories of Law and Culture
Testifying to Trauma: The Codification of Trauma in Humanitarian Law
The Mouth that Tells No Lies: Kingship, Law, and Sovereignty in Swaziland
Thinking Through Things
Missing Persons Ossuaries and Societal Safety - When Security and Justice Have No Gender
Being Swazi, Being Human: Custom, Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Swaziland
'The Creativity of Social, Political and Religious Life'
'The Legal Thing in Swaziland: Res Judicata and Divine Kingship'
Conference or Workshop Item
Primary, secondary and tertiary mass graves in Bosnia
Sari Wastell is first and foremost a legal anthropologist, with a broad range of interests in African ‘customary’ law, constitutionalism, international humanitarian law and comparative jurisprudence. Her initial doctoral research was carried out in Swaziland, culminating in her forthcoming book, The Mouth that Tells No Lies: Kingship, Law and Sovereignty in Swaziland (Left Coast Press). This work concerned itself with the intersections of divine kingship, sociality and law and the sorts of knowledge practices and political improvisations that emerged from their interplay. Her more recent research focuses on war crimes prosecutions in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the war crimes prosecutions being conducted in the national jurisdictions of the ex-Yugoslav states. Additionally, she has worked in Euskadi (the Basque Country) for over a decade, predominantly around the topics of nationalism and historical consciousness.