Director of the Centre for International Studies
Chair of the Management Committee
Jens Meierhenrich is also an Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously taught for a decade at Harvard University, where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government.
He is the author of The Legacies of Law: Long-Run Consequences of Legal Development in South Africa, 1652-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which won the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published during the previous year in politics, government, or international affairs.
His other books include The Remnants of the Rechtsstaat: An Ethnography of Nazi Law (Oxford University Press, 2018), Lawfare: A Genealogy (Cambridge University Press, 2019), The Violence of Law: The Formation and Deformation of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda, 1994-2012 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and, as editor or co-editor, Genocide: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt (Oxford University Press, 2016), Political Trials in Theory and History (Cambridge University Press, 2016), The Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019), The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2019), and The Law and Practice of International Commissions of Inquiry (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Professor Meierhenrich is co-editor of "Cambridge Studies in Law and Society," the venerable book series at Cambridge University Press, and has conducted archival, ethnographic, or other in-depth field research in Argentina, Cambodia, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Rwanda, South Africa, and also in several international organizations. He served as a Visiting Professional in Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, where he worked with Luis Moreno Ocampo, its first Prosecutor, and is also the editor of a special double issue of Law & Contemporary Problems on “The Practices of the International Criminal Court.”
He is presently completing his much-awaited genocide trilogy — comprising The Rationality of Genocide, The Structure of Genocide, and The Culture of Genocide (all to be published by Princeton University Press) — and recently spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton to work on his next monograph, an ethnography of the International Criminal Court.