Sévane Garibian is a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professor of Law at the University of Geneva and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Neuchâtel. She is currently leading an SNSF funded research program at the University of Geneva: “Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights : Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice”. She is the author of numerous multilingual publications and has notably guest-edited a special issue on “Human Remains and Commemoration” for Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Manchester University Press, 2015). See list of publications.
Her work focuses on law facing state crimes (domains: International Criminal Justice, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Philosophy of Law). She is particularly interested in the relationship between law, history and (forensic) science in the legal treatment of contemporary mass crimes and of their traces and legacies, their denial and their memorialization. In the research project she is currently leading, she questions the right to truth, the State obligation to investigate associated with it and the obstacles to their implementation in situations of mass crimes impunity. She also initiates work on the legal status of human remains and the law of the dead.