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Sofie Budhoo Bjerregaard

PhD Student

Sofie Budhoo Bjerregaard


My current research activities revolve around transitional- and restorative justice measures in Northern Uganda. More specifically, my Ph.D. project aims to ethnographically examine how the International Criminal Court's 'Access to Justice project' (AJP) will affect local social dynamics and long-term sustainable peace in the Odek sub-county in Northern Uganda. After recent critiques that The ICC represents a particularly problematic kind of distant justice process, the court initiated the Access to Justice Project in 2017 in Northern Uganda. The AJP aimed at rendering the trial of Dominic Ongwen visible and meaningful to local victims in Northern Uganda and represented an unprecedented level of outreach and involvement of locals in any ICC court proceeding. An independent impact assessment shows that the AJP was generally experienced as positive while it simultaneously increased expectations of reparations amongst Ongwens victims. Furthermore, the data shows that local tensions have started to arise concerning the division and management of reparations. This can potentially threaten the chances of creating long-term sustainable peace in Northern Uganda. Thus, for the next four years, I will be following and investigating the long-term effects of the AJP in Odek, Northern Uganda.

My Ph.D. project is a part of the IRFD-funded mixed method research project 'After Access to Justice' which I will conduct in collaboration with my supervisor Christian B. N. Gade.

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