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Kirsten Campbell BA(Hons), LLB(Hons), BLitt, DPhil, PhD, Barrister and Solicitor

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PositionReader
Department Sociology
Email k.campbell (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7720

Kirsten’s research and teaching is in the field of contemporary social theory.  Kirsten's work has a theoretical focus upon gender and law, which her empirical research explores through the study of international criminal law and transitional justice.  She has an ongoing interest in methodological issues in feminist and socio-legal research. 

Kirsten is currently the principal investigator of the European Research Council funded project, the Gender of Justice.  This four year project studies the prosecution of sexual violence in armed conflict through a case study of sexual violence prosecutions before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Bosnian courts.

Kirsten’s research includes a major study of the models of subjectivity and sociality that inform international criminal justice, which is the subject of her forthcoming book, The Justice of Humans.  She has also recently completed a socio-legal study of transitional justice in Spain and Bosnia (European Research Council funded).

Prior to joining the Department, Kirsten taught sociology at Brunel University, and also practised as a commercial litigation lawyer.  She has received doctorates in modern languages from the University of Oxford and in law the London School of Economics.

Teaching

Kirsten’s teaching specialisations are inclassical and contemporary social theory, gender studies, socio-legal studies, and transitional justice. Kirsten was awarded the Peake Teaching award for teaching excellence, and was previously the Director of Undergraduate Programmes.

Areas of supervision

Feminist, psychoanalytic and socio-legal theory, theories of subjectivity, war crimes, sociology of conflict, international criminal law and transitional justice.

Awards, grants and media appearances

  • The Gender of Justice:  The Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, principal investigator, European Research Council, 2013-2016.
  • Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts:  Transitional Justice and the Legal Shaping of Memory after Two Modern Conflicts, senior researcher, European Research Council, principal investigator, Dr Sari Wastell, 2009-2013.
  • Regulating Armed Conflict:  From the Laws of War to Humanitarian Law, principal investigator, Economic and Social Research Council, 2006 – 2007 (awarded an ‘outstanding’ grade).
  • The Codification of Trauma in Humanitarian Law, International Collaborative Research Grant, project co-director and researcher, Goldsmiths College and Institute of Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, Wenner Gren Foundation, 2005–2008.
  • Law After Eichmann, project co-director, Hanadiv Foundation, Slovenia, 2006.
  • Teaching Theory:  Seminars on Jacques Lacan, international research collaborator. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Alberta, 2001-2004.

Research Interests

Kirsten’s research explores changing forms of subjectivity and justice.  Her qualitative empirical work investigates this issue through studying the intersection of gender, international criminal law, and transitional justice.  She has an ongoing concern with feminist and socio-legal methodologies.

Kirsten is currently the principal investigator of a European Research Council funded project, ‘The Gender of Justice’.  This four-year project studies the prosecution of sexual violence in armed conflict through case studies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Bosnian courts. 

Kirsten completed a major study of the models of subjectivity and sociality in international criminal justice.  This is the subject of her forthcoming book, The Justice of Humans.  Kirsten has also recently finished an ERC-funded socio-legal study of transitional justice in Spain and Bosnia (‘Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts’).  This work built on Kirsten’s previous ESRC-funded research on shifts in the legal regulation of armed conflict, ‘Regulating Armed Conflict’.

This research develops Kirsten’s earlier work on new forms of feminist subjectivity and sociality.  Her book, Jacques Lacan and Feminist Epistemology, developed a social theory of feminist transformations of gendered subjects and social relations.  Feminist Theory described this approach as offering ‘a new project for third-wave feminism’.

 

 

Publications

Book

Lacan and Law
Campbell, Kirsten. 2016. Lacan and Law. London: Routledge Cavendish. ISBN 9781845681067

Testifying to Trauma: The Codification of Trauma in Humanitarian Law
Campbell, Kirsten; Starman, Hannah and Wastell, Sari. 2015. Testifying to Trauma: The Codification of Trauma in Humanitarian Law. London: Routledge Cavendish. ISBN 978-0-415-45947-1

Jacques Lacan and Feminist Epistemology
Campbell, Kirsten. 2004. Jacques Lacan and Feminist Epistemology. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-30087-2

Edited Journal

After ‘68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Politics
Campbell, Kirsten and St Louis, Brett, eds. 2008. After ‘68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Politics, New Formations, 65.

Out of Conflict: Peace, Change and Justice
Campbell, Kirsten and Bell, Vikki, eds. 2004. Out of Conflict: Peace, Change and Justice, Social and legal studies, 13(3). 0964-6639

Book Section

The making of international criminal justice: towards a sociology of the ‘legal field’
Campbell, Kirsten. 2018. The making of international criminal justice: towards a sociology of the ‘legal field’. In: Mikkel Jarle Christensen and Ron Levi, eds. International Practices of Criminal Justice. Routledge. ISBN 9781138688377

Ethical Challenges: Researching War Crimes
Campbell, Kirsten. 2017. Ethical Challenges: Researching War Crimes. In: Malcolm Cowburn; Loraine Gelsthorpe and Azrini Wahidin, eds. Research Ethics in Criminology: Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 150-165. ISBN 9781138803695

Feminism and Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Campbell, Kirsten. 2015. Feminism and Lacanian Psychoanalysis. In: Samo Tomšič and Andreja Zevnik, eds. Jacques Lacan: Between Psychoanalysis and Politics. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 234-253. ISBN 978-0-415-72433-3

What Do Women Want? Feminist Epistemology and Psychoanalysis
Campbell, Kirsten. 2014. What Do Women Want? Feminist Epistemology and Psychoanalysis. In: Mary Evans; Clare Hemmings; Marsha Henry; Hazel Johnstone; Sumi Madhok; Ania Plomien and Sadie Wearing, eds. The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. Los Angeles/London: Sage, pp. 93-113. ISBN 9781446252413

Testimonial Modes: Witnessing, Evidence, and Testimony before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Campbell, Kirsten. 2014. Testimonial Modes: Witnessing, Evidence, and Testimony before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. In: Antony Rowland and Jane Kilby, eds. The Future of Testimony: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Witnessing. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 83-109. ISBN 9780415854450

From Legitimacy to Legality: The Problem of the Global Legal Form
Campbell, Kirsten. 2010. From Legitimacy to Legality: The Problem of the Global Legal Form. In: C.J Thornhill and S. Ashenden, eds. Legality and Legitimacy: Normative and Sociological Approaches. Berlin: Nomos, pp. 255-275. ISBN 9783832953546

Jacques Lacan
Campbell, Kirsten. 2005. Jacques Lacan. In: T. Carver and J. Martin, eds. Continental Political Thought. London: Palgrave. ISBN 9781403903686

The plague of the subject: subjects, politics, and the power of psychic life
Campbell, Kirsten. 2004. The plague of the subject: subjects, politics, and the power of psychic life. In: M Breen and W Blumenfeld, eds. Butler Matters: Judith Butler’s impact since Gender Trouble. Aldershot: Ashgate. ISBN 9780754638858

Politics, Identities and Research
Campbell, Kirsten; Ali, S.; Branley, D. and James, R.. 2004. Politics, Identities and Research. In: C Seale, ed. Researching Society and Culture. London: Sage, pp. 21-32. ISBN 9780761941972

The Pedagogical is the Political.
Campbell, Kirsten. 2002. The Pedagogical is the Political. In: J Jagodzinski, ed. Pedagogical Desire: Transference, Seduction, and the Question of Authorial Ethics. Westport, London: Bergin & Garvey, pp. 74-89. ISBN 9780897897655

New Feminist Communities.
Campbell, Kirsten. 2002. New Feminist Communities. In: M Strysick, ed. Politics of Community. CO: Aurora, pp. 221-41. ISBN 9781888570632

Theorizing Possibility: Julia Kristeva and Feminist Epistemology.
Campbell, Kirsten. 1998. Theorizing Possibility: Julia Kristeva and Feminist Epistemology. In: John Lechte and M Zoumazi, eds. After the Revolution: On Julia Kristeva. Sydney: Artspace, pp. 159-169. ISBN 9781876017378

Article

Testemunhar o trauma: das formas legais às formas transformadoras no testemunho sobre a violência sexual em tempo de guerra na ex-Jugoslávia/ Testifying to Trauma: Witnessing Conflict before the Law
Campbell, Kirsten. 2017. Testemunhar o trauma: das formas legais às formas transformadoras no testemunho sobre a violência sexual em tempo de guerra na ex-Jugoslávia/ Testifying to Trauma: Witnessing Conflict before the Law. e-cadernos ces, ISSN 1647-0737

Gender Justice Beyond the Tribunals
Campbell, Kirsten. 2016. Gender Justice Beyond the Tribunals. American Journal of International Law Unbound, 110, pp. 227-233. ISSN 0002-9300

Reassembling International Justice: The Making of ‘the Social’ in International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice
Campbell, Kirsten. 2014. Reassembling International Justice: The Making of ‘the Social’ in International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 8(1), pp. 53-74. ISSN 1752-7716

The City of Law
Campbell, Kirsten. 2013. The City of Law. International Journal of Law in Context, 9(2), pp. 192-212. ISSN 1744-5523

The Making of Global Legal Culture and International Criminal Law
Campbell, Kirsten. 2013. The Making of Global Legal Culture and International Criminal Law. Leiden Journal of International Law, 26(1), pp. 155-172. ISSN 0922-1565

The Laws of Memory: The ICTY, the Archive, and Transitional Justice
Campbell, Kirsten. 2013. The Laws of Memory: The ICTY, the Archive, and Transitional Justice. Social and Legal Studies, 22(2), pp. 247-269. ISSN 0964-6639

Victims and Perpetrators of International Crimes: The Problem of the 'Legal Person'
Campbell, Kirsten. 2012. Victims and Perpetrators of International Crimes: The Problem of the 'Legal Person'. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 2(2), pp. 325-351. ISSN 1878-1373

Women, Gender, and Conflict: Reflecting upon the Gendered Harms of War
Campbell, Kirsten. 2009. Women, Gender, and Conflict: Reflecting upon the Gendered Harms of War. ASPASIA: International Yearbook of Central, Eastern and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History, 3, pp. 213-217.

After '68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Political Projects
Campbell, Kirsten and St Louis, Brett. 2008. After '68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Political Projects. New Formations, 65, pp. 7-18.

The Gender of Transitional Justice: Law, Sexual Violence and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Campbell, Kirsten. 2007. The Gender of Transitional Justice: Law, Sexual Violence and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The International Journal of Transitional Justice, 1(3), pp. 411-432. ISSN 1752-7716

The Balance of Terror: Torture, Terrorism, and Security
Campbell, Kirsten. 2007. The Balance of Terror: Torture, Terrorism, and Security. Law, Culture and the Humanities, 3(1), pp. 155-169. ISSN 17439752

The Spoils of War
Campbell, Kirsten. 2005. The Spoils of War. Economy and Society, pp. 495-507. ISSN 0308-5147

The Promise of Feminist Reflexivities: Developing Donna Haraway's Project for Feminist Science Studies
Campbell, Kirsten. 2004. The Promise of Feminist Reflexivities: Developing Donna Haraway's Project for Feminist Science Studies. Hypatia A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 19(1), pp. 162-182. ISSN 15272001

The Trauma of Justice: Sexual Violence, Crimes against Humanity and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Campbell, Kirsten. 2004. The Trauma of Justice: Sexual Violence, Crimes against Humanity and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Social & Legal Studies, 13(3), pp. 329-350. ISSN 09646639

Out of Conflict: Peace, Change and Justice
Campbell, Kirsten and Bell, Vikki. 2004. Out of Conflict: Peace, Change and Justice. Social and Legal Studies, 13(3), pp. 299-304. ISSN 0964-6639

Rape as a Crime against Humanity: Trauma and Justice in the ICTY
Campbell, Kirsten. 2003. Rape as a Crime against Humanity: Trauma and Justice in the ICTY. Journal of Human Rights, 2(4), pp. 507-515. ISSN 1475-4835

Legal Memories: Sexual Assault, Memory, and International Humanitarian Law
Campbell, Kirsten. 2002. Legal Memories: Sexual Assault, Memory, and International Humanitarian Law. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 28(1), pp. 149-176. ISSN 00979740

The Politics of Kinship: Antigone’s Claim
Campbell, Kirsten. 2002. The Politics of Kinship: Antigone’s Claim. Economy and Society, 31(4), pp. 642-650. ISSN 0308-5147

The Plague of the Subject: Psychoanalysis and Judith Butler’s Psychic Life of Power
Campbell, Kirsten. 2001. The Plague of the Subject: Psychoanalysis and Judith Butler’s Psychic Life of Power. International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, 6(1-2), pp. 35-48. ISSN 1566-1768

The slide in the sign; Lacan's glissement and the registers of meaning
Campbell, Kirsten. 1999. The slide in the sign; Lacan's glissement and the registers of meaning. Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 4(3), pp. 135-143. ISSN 0969-725X

Report

Written and Oral Expert Evidence (invited), House of Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Campbell, Kirsten. 2015. Written and Oral Expert Evidence (invited), House of Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Other. -, -.

Joint Evidence Submission, with Womens’ International League for Peace and Freedom, House of Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Campbell, Kirsten and Women's Interational League for Peace and Freedom, -. 2015. Joint Evidence Submission, with Womens’ International League for Peace and Freedom, House of Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Other. -, -.

Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Campbell, Kirsten and Wastell, Sari. 2008. Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Technical Report. Wenner Gren Foundation.

Other

Preliminary Decision, Judicial Council of the Women’s Court for the Former Yugoslavia
Bunch, C; Campbell, Kirsten; Mlinarevic, G; Otto, D; Perovic, L; Rakic Vodinelic, V and Terselic, V. 2015. Preliminary Decision, Judicial Council of the Women’s Court for the Former Yugoslavia. -.

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