Dr Rachel Ibreck

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Position Senior Lecturer
Email r.ibreck (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Rachel Ibreck

My work explores the politics of human rights, justice and memory in Africa, focusing on sites of atrocity, conflict, and displacement, including in Rwanda, South Sudan, and Egypt. I am interested in non-violent political agency, and in interactions between local activists and authorities and international peacebuilding and human rights interventions.

My research draws on ethnography, collaborative action, and archival approaches, and has received funding from Volkswagen Stiftung/ Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, Social Science Research Council, Justice and Security Research Programme (LSE), and Global Challenges Research Fund.

I have published a book, South Sudan’s Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline (Zed Books, 2019), and articles in academic journals, including The Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Memory Studies, Journal of Civil Society and African Affairs. I am a co-editor of the Journal of Genocide Research and an associate editor of Politics.

Teaching and Supervision

I teach Global Governance and World Order (second year); Contentious Politics in Africa (third year) and The Politics of Human Rights Activism (MA).

I supervise research on human rights, conflict, genocide, humanitarian response, migration, the politics of law and justice, and African politics.

Publications and research outputs


Ibreck, Rachel. 2019. South Sudan's Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline. London: Zed Books. ISBN 9781786993397

Edited Journal

Ibreck, Rachel; McCorley, Ciara and Lodge, Tom, eds. 2013. Social Movements and Political Change in Africa, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 31(2). 0258-9001

Book Section

Ibreck, Rachel. 2018. Victims and Survivors from Cyangugu, Rwanda: The Politics of Testimony After Genocide. In: Vincent Druliolle and Roddy Brett, eds. The Politics of Victimhood in Post-conflict Societies, Comparative and Analytical Perspectives. Palgrave, pp. 301-325. ISBN 978-3-319-70202-5

Ibreck, Rachel and de Waal, Alex. 2018. A Human Security Strategy for the European Union in the Horn of Africa. In: Mary Kaldor; Iavor Rangelov and Sabine Selchow, eds. EU Global Strategy and Human Security Rethinking Approaches to Conflict. Routledge. ISBN 9781138098961

Ibreck, Rachel. 2017. Contesting Dispossession: Land rights activism in Gambella, Ethiopia and Pujehun, Sierra Leone. In: Dip Kapoor, ed. Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession. London, Uk: Zed Books, pp. 251-275. ISBN 9781783609444

Ibreck, Rachel. 2016. Memory. In: Tim Allen; Anna Macdonald and Henry Radice, eds. Humanitarianism: a dictionary of concepts. Routledge: Routledge. ISBN 9781857432817

Ibreck, Rachel. 2015. A Right to Land? Activism against land grabbing in Africa. In: Alex de Waal, ed. Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism. London: Zed Books. ISBN 9781783602728

Ibreck, Rachel. 2012. The Time of Mourning: The Politics of Commemorating the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda. In: Philip Lee and Pradip Thomas, eds. Public Memory, Public Media and the Politics of Justice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 98-120. ISBN 978-0-230-35406-7

Ibreck, Rachel. 2011. The Resistance Memorial, Bisesero, Rwanda. In: Maggie Andrews; Charlie Bagot-Jewitt and Nigel Hunt, eds. Lest We Forget: Rethinking Cultures of Remembrance. Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press, pp. 210-214.


Ibreck, Rachel. 2023. Protecting Women from Violence in the United Nations Protection of Civilians Sites, South Sudan? Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, ISSN 1750-2977

Ibreck, Rachel and Seeka, Angelina. 2022. Civicness in exile: The solidarities and struggles of South Sudanese refugees in Cairo. Journal of Civil Society, 18(2), pp. 219-238. ISSN 1744-8689

Ibreck, Rachel and de Waal, Alex. 2022. Introduction: Situating Ethiopia in Genocide Debates. Journal of Genocide Research, 24(1), pp. 83-96. ISSN 1462-3528

Ibreck, Rachel. 2018. [Review] Investing in Authoritarian Rule: Punishment and Patronage in Rwanda's Gacaca Courts for Genocide Crimes by Anuradha Chakravarty. Inside Rwanda's Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice after Genocide by Bert Ingelaere Madison. Courts in Conflict: Interpreting the Layers of Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda by Nicola Palmer. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 56(01), pp. 169-174. ISSN 0022-278X

Ibreck, Rachel and Pendle, Naomi. 2017. Community Security and Justice under United Nations Governance: Lessons from Chiefs’ Courts in South Sudan’s Protection of Civilians Sites. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 6(1), 16. ISSN 2165-2627

Ibreck, Rachel and Pendle, Naomi. 2016. Customary Protection? Chiefs’ Courts as Public Authority in United Nations Protection of Civilian Sites, South Sudan. The Justice and Security Research Programme(34), ISSN 2051-0926

de Waal, Alex and Ibreck, Rachel. 2013. Hybrid social movements in Africa. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 31(2), pp. 303-324. ISSN 0258-9001

de Waal, Alex and Ibreck, Rachel. 2013. Alem Bekagn: The African Union's accidental human rights memorial. African Affairs, 112(447), pp. 191-215. ISSN 0001-9909

Ibreck, Rachel. 2013. International Constructions of National Memories: The Aims and Effects of Foreign Donors' Support for Genocide Remembrance in Rwanda. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 7(2), pp. 149-169. ISSN 1750-2977

Ibreck, Rachel. 2010. The politics of mourning: Survivor contributions to memorials in post-genocide Rwanda. Memory Studies, 3(4), pp. 330-343. ISSN 1750-6980


Ibreck, Rachel and de Waal, Alex. 2021. Foundational justice: a strategy for peace in the Horn of Africa. Other. Conflict Research Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Ibreck, Rachel; Pendle, Naomi; Robinson, Alice and The Bridge Network. 2021. Bridging divisions in a war-torn state: Reflections on education and civicness in South Sudan. Discussion Paper. Conflict Research Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Ibreck, Rachel; Logan, Hannah and Pendle, Naomi. 2017. Negotiating Justice: Courts as local civil authority during the conflict in South Sudan. Discussion Paper. Justice and Security Research Programme, LSE, London.

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