Dr Clotilde Pegorier

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

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    Wednesdays 10am-12pm (Spring and Summer Terms)



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

Transitional Justice, media and the arts

Invited presentation, 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

July 2017: 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

June 2016: The Criminalisation of Denial Revisited: Contemporary Reflections in the Wake of Perinçek, International Network of Genocide Scholars, Fifth Global Conference on Genocide, Jerusalem.


June 2015:Regulating Exclusion: Article 1 (F) (a) of the Refugee Convention and the Doctrine of International Criminal Law, IMISCOE Annual Conference, Geneva.

Geneva, Switzerland, 2015

June/July 2012:Double Killing: Confronting Denial and Securing Memory , International Network of Genocide Scholars Conference on Genocide: Knowing the Past, Safeguarding the Future, San Francisco.


September 2011:The Spectrum of Violence: Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and the Question of Intent, Workshopon Genocidal Intent, University of Leicester.

Leicester, United Kingdom, 2011

April 2010: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 Organisations: International and Regional Institutions (HU200)

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)

  • French Constitutional Law (LW106)

  • International Criminal Law (LW805)


Journal articles (3)

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)

(2013). Ethnic Cleansing. Routledge. 9780415529730

Book chapters (4)

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). Reflections on Genocide Denial and the Legality of its Prohibition. In: Holocaust and Genocide Denial: A Contextual Perspective. Editors: Behrens, P., Jensen, O. and Terry, N., . Routledge. 1138672734

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

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Wednesdays 10am-12pm (Spring and Summer Terms)