Darfur Model, Rwanda, and the ICTR: John Hagan's Sociology of Genocide Continued

Joachim J. Savelsberg, Brooke B. Chambers

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Core contributions from John Hagan's scholarship on genocide are at stake in this article. First, this article examines, for the Rwandan genocide, the applicability of Hagan and Wenona Rymond-Richmond's multi-level causal model of genocide, developed in Darfur and the Crime of Genocide. Asking how causal factors and processes highlighted in that model play out in scholarship on the Rwandan genocide, it moves toward answering the question of external validity versus historical specificity. Second, the article examines, again with a focus on Rwanda, the relationship between social scientific explanation and judicial thought. While it highlights - in line with the first author's previous work - how judicial narratives address or select out core factors highlighted in the Darfur model, the article focuses - in line with Hagan's Justice in the Balkans - on the question of what knowledge social science can nevertheless gain from court proceedings. An analysis of a sample of cases processed by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda identifies overlaps with social science analyses, but it also highlights distinctions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1232-1250
Number of pages19
JournalLaw and Social Inquiry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 27 2023

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