Dr Clotilde Pegorier

Essex Law School
Dr Clotilde Pegorier
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    5S.7.20, Colchester Campus

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    Tuesdays 9-11am (in person or via Zoom) or by appointment



After completing her Bachelor degree in International and European Law at the University of Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La défense (Paris X) and the University of Hamburg, obtained in the framework of a double degree in French and German Law, Clotilde subsequently studied for both a Master degree in Environmental Law at the University of Artois, and an LLM in International and Comparative Public Law at the University of Exeter, which she passed with distinction in 2006. In 2011, she completed her PhD in International Criminal Law at the same institution with a thesis, written under the supervision of Prof. Caroline Fournet, on the legal qualification of ethnic cleansing. From October 2009 to June 2014, Clotilde was employed first as a Research Fellow, then as a Senior Research Fellow, by the Chair for European, International and Public Law at the University of Lucerne, where she not only conducted research in International and European Law but also undertook the coaching of two international moot court competitions: the European Law Moot Court and the Concours René Cassin (European Convention on Human Rights). In March 2014, she took up a position as Research Fellow at the Chair for Criminal and International Criminal Law at the University of Zurich, where her focus was Swiss Criminal Law, International Criminal Law and the European Convention on Human Rights. In September 2015, Clotilde joined the University of Essex as a member of the teaching team on the LLB English and French Law (Maitrise). Clotilde is a member of: - the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INOGS) - the Center for Human Rights Studies of the University of Zurich - the IMISCOE network (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion network) - the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex - International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) - FBLS (French and British Lawyers Society) - SLS (Society of Lergal Scholars)


  • Bachelor degree (University of Paris Nanterre (Paris X) and the University of Hamburg), 2004

  • Master degree (University of Artois), 2005

  • LLM University of Exeter 2007

  • PhD (University of Exeter), 2011

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2017

Research and professional activities

Research interests

International Criminal Law

International Humanitarian Law

Human Rights Law

Refugee Law

Law and Literature

Transitional justice

Current research

Clotilde's current research project centres on media representations of mass violence and international crimes across select aesthetic genres (including graphic fiction and theatre).

Conferences and presentations

Reenacting Incitement: Milo Rau, Hate Radio

14th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 16/7/2019

Transitional Justice, media and the arts

6th Global Conference on Genocide, ‘Genocide and Mass Violence: diagnosis, treatment, and recovery? Humanities, social and medical sciences facing extreme violence’, Medical Faculty of Aix-Marseille University (France), 4-7 July 2018, 6/7/2018

Reading the Law of Genocide through the Lens of Literature

Thirteenth meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Annual Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane., Brisbane, Australia, 2017

The Criminalisation of Denial Revisited: Contemporary Reflections in the Wake of Perincek

International Network of Genocide Scholars, Fifth Global Conference on Genocide, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, 2016

Regulating Exclusion: Article 1 (F) (a) of the Refugee Convention and the Doctrine of International Criminal Law

IMISCOE Annual Conference, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 2015

Double Killing: Confronting Denial and Securing Memory

International Network of Genocide Scholars Conference on Genocide: Knowing the Past, Safeguarding the Future, San Francisco, San Francisco, United States, 2012

The Spectrum of Violence: Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and the Question of Intent

Workshopon Genocidal Intent, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom, 2011

Comments on the Denial of the Armenian Genocide: the French Refusal to Criminalise and the Legal and Moral Consequences

First International Graduate Students Conference for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester USA, Worcester, United States, 2010

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Human Rights & Social Justice: Structures, Theory and Practice (HU200)

  • Human Rights and the Arts (HU932)

  • Law and Literature (LT394)

  • French Constitutional Law (LW106)

  • French Administrative Law (LW206)

  • Current Challenges in the Law of Armed Conflict (LW804)

Previous supervision

Claire Mary Morris
Claire Mary Morris
Thesis title: Examining the Icc’S Impact on the Rule of Law in Côte D’Ivoire and Libya: Catalysts, Multi-Level Judicial Dialogue and Local Ownership in Prosecuting and Judging International Crimes
Degree subject: Law
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 22/9/2020


Journal articles (5)

Pegorier, C. and Waldorf, L., (2022). Dis-Affective Justice in Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako (2006). Pólemos. 16 (2), 229-246

Pegorier, C. and Howe, S., (2020). Law, Narrative and Critique in Contemporary Verbatim Theatre. Pólemos. 14 (2), 385-405

Pegorier, C., (2019). Law, Literature and Genocide: Rupert Bazambanza’s Smile Through the Tears. Pólemos. 13 (1), 167-189

Pegorier, CMR., (2018). Speech and Harm: Genocide Denial, Hate Speech and Freedom of Expression. International Criminal Law Review. 18 (1), 97-126

Fournet, C. and Pégorier, C., (2010). ‘Only One Step Away From Genocide’:The Crime of Persecution in International Criminal Law. International Criminal Law Review. 10 (5), 713-738

Books (1)

Pegorier, C., (2013). Ethnic Cleansing. Routledge. 9780203522776

Book chapters (6)

Pegorier, C., (2022). Ethnic Cleansing. In: Elgar Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Editors: Binder, C., Nowak, M., Hofbauer, JA. and Janig, P., . Edward Elgar Publishing. 9781789903614

Howe, S. and Pegorier, C., (2021). In/Humanidad. Figuras de la Enemistad alrededor de 1800. In: Los Discursos Sobre El Otro: Cambios y continuidades en las retóricas de la dominación. Editors: González, ÁS., Urricelqui, L., Gourhand, V. and Abbt, C., . Laertes S.L. de Ediciones. 123- 140. 978-84-7612-063-7

Fournet, C. and Pégorier, C., (2017). Combating genocide denial via law: État des lieux of anti-denial legislation. In: Holocaust and Genocide Denial: A Contextual Perspective. Editors: Jensen, O., Behrens, P. and Terry, N., . Taylor & Francis. 211- 229. 9781317204169

Pegorier, CMR., (2017). Genocide and/or Ethnic Cleansing: Recognition, Prevention and the Need for Definitional Clarity?. In: Last Lectures on the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide. Editors: Totten, S., . Routledge. 67- 72. 1315409755. 9781315409757

Fournet, C. and Pegorier, C., (2016). Combating genocide denial via law: État des lieux of anti-denial legislation. In: Holocaust and Genocide Denial: A Contextual Perspective. Editors: Behrens, P., Jensen, O. and Terry, N., . Routledge. 1138672734

(2012). Women and Transitional Justice. In: Women and Transitional Justice: The Experience of Women as Participants. Routledge. 119- 136. 9780203077627

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