Jeremy Sarkin


Jeremy Sarkin is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Nova University of Lisbon in Portugal. He has undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from South Africa, a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and a Doctor of Laws degree on comparative and international law. He is admitted to practice as an attorney in the USA and South Africa. He practiced at the New York bar during 1988 and 1989. He then spent time working at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland. He served as National Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of South Africa from 1994-1998. He served as Chairperson-Rapporteur of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. He served as an acting judge in 2002 and 2003 in the High Court in South Africa. He is member of a number of editorial boards, including Human Rights Quarterly, Human Rights and International Legal Discourse, Southern African Public Law, the Journal of African Union Studies, Memory Politics and Transitional Justice book series (Palgrave MacMillan), and Acta Criminologica: African Journal of Criminology and Victimology. He has published 19 books and more than 300 articles. Some of his books are: Africa’s Role In, and Contribution To, International Criminal Justice (2020); The Global Impact and Legacy of Truth Commissions (2019); Germany’s Genocide of the Herero (2011); Reparations for Colonial Genocides (2009); Human Rights in African Prisons (2008); Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground (2007); and Carrots and Sticks: The TRC and the South African Amnesty Process (2004). He is a co-general editor of the Intersentia book series on Transitional Justice. He serves on the boards of a number of NGOs, including the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in South Africa.

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