Meierhenrich, Jens

Dr Jens Meierhenrich  


Position held

Associate Professor of International Relations


Non LSE positions held

Harvard University

Assistant Professor of Government and of Social Studies


Experience keywords:

Law and Society; international courts and international organizations; international criminal court; international law; international theory; law and history

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Law; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Japan; Rwanda; South Africa; Weimar and Nazi Germany


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7129



Meierhenrich, Jens (2017) Fearing the disorder of things: the development of Carl Schmitt’s institutional theory, 1919-1942 In: Meierhenrich, Jens and Simons, Oliver, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 171-216. ISBN 9780199916931

Meierhenrich, Jens and Cole, Catherine (2017) In the theater of the rule of law: performing the Rivonia trial in South Africa, 1963-1964 In: Meierhenrich, Jens and Pendas, Devin O., (eds.) Political Trials in Theory and History. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 229-262. ISBN 9781107079465

Meierhenrich, Jens and Pendas, Devin (2017) ’The justice of my cause is clear, but there’s politics to fear’: the political trials in theory and history In: Meierhenrich, Jens and Pendas, Devin O., (eds.) Political Trials in Theory and History. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1-64. ISBN 9781107079465

Meierhenrich, Jens and Simons, Oliver (2017) “A fanatic of order in an epoch of confusing turmoil”: the political, legal, and cultural thought of Carl Schmitt In: Meierhenrich, Jens and Simons, Oliver, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 3-70. ISBN 9780199916931

Meierhenrich, Jens and Pendas, Devin O., eds (2017) Political trials in theory and history Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107079465 (In Press)

Meierhenrich, Jens and Simons, Oliver, eds (2017) The Oxford handbook of Carl Schmitt Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 570-591. ISBN 9780199916931


Meierhenrich, Jens (2015) The evolution of the office of the prosecutor at the international criminal court: insights from institutional theory In: Minow, Martha and True-Frost, C. Cora and Whiting, Alex, (eds.) The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints. Law, Meaning, and Violence. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 97-127. ISBN 9780472072514


Lewis, Kevin and Gray, Kurt and Meierhenrich, Jens (2014) The structure of online activism Sociological Science, 1. 1-9. ISSN 2330-6696

Meierhenrich, Jens (2014) Genocide: a reader Oxford University Press USA, New York, USA. ISBN 9780195377668

Meierhenrich, Jens (2014) Introduction: the study and history of genocide In: Genocide: a Reader. Oxford University Press USA, New York, USA, 3-55. ISBN 9780195377668


Meierhenrich, Jens (ed.) (2013) The practices of the international criminal court Law & Contemporary Problems, 76 (3-4). ISSN 0023-9186

Meierhenrich, Jens (2013) Foreword: the practices of the international criminal court Law & Contemporary Problems, 76 (3-4). i-x. ISSN 0023-9186

Meierhenrich, Jens (2013) The practice of international law: a theoretical analysis Law & Contemporary Problems, 76 (3-4). 1-83. ISSN 0023-9186

Meierhenrich, Jens (2013) Beyond the theater of international justice: the Rule 98bis decision in Milosevic In: Waters, Timothy, (ed.) The Milosevic Trial: an Autopsy. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 316-325. ISBN 9780199795840

Meierhenrich, Jens and Lagace, Martha (2013) Photo essay: tropes of memory Humanity: an International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 4 (2). 289-312. ISSN 2151-4364


Meierhenrich, Jens (2011) Topographies of remembering and forgetting: the transformation of Lieux de Mémoire in Rwanda In: Straus, Scott and Waldorf, Lars, (eds.) Remaking Rwanda: State Building and Human Rights After Mass Violence. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 283-296. ISBN 9780299282646


Meierhenrich, Jens (2009) The language of Klemperer In: Jones, Adam, (ed.) Evoking Genocide: Scholars and Activists Describe the Works That Shaped Their Lives. Key Publishing, Toronto, Canada. ISBN 9780978252694

Meierhenrich, Jens (2009) The study of international law In: King, Gary and Nie, Norman H. and Schlozman, Kay I., (eds.) The Future of Political Science: 100 Perspectives. Routledge, London, UK, 193-195. ISBN 9780415997010

Meierhenrich, Jens (2009) The transformation of lieux de mémoire: the Nyabarongo River in Rwanda, 1992-2009 Anthropology Today, 25 (5). 13-19. ISSN 0268-540X

Meierhenrich, Jens and Ko, Keiko (2009) How do states join the International Criminal Court?: the implementation of the Rome Statute in Japan Journal of International Criminal Justice, 7 (2). 233-256. ISSN 1478-1395


Meierhenrich, Jens (2008) Judicial networks In: Langlois, Anthony J. and Soltan, Karol Edward, (eds.) Global Democracy and Its Difficulties. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415776523

Meierhenrich, Jens (2008) Book review: the UN International Criminal Tribunals: the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone: a review essay American Journal of International Law, 102 (3). 696-703. ISSN 0002-9300

Meierhenrich, Jens (2008) The legacies of law: long-run consequences of legal development in South Africa, 1652-2000 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521898737

Meierhenrich, Jens (2008) Varieties of reconciliation Law and Social Inquiry, 33 (1). 195-231. ISSN 0897-6546

Meierhenrich, Jens (2008) The foundations of constitutionalism: an analysis of debaathification Constitutional Political Economy, 19 (4). 277-300. ISSN 1043-4062


Meierhenrich, Jens (2007) The trauma of genocide Journal of Genocide Research, 9 (4). 549-573. ISSN 1462-3528

Meierhenrich, Jens (2007) Perpetual war: a pragmatic sketch Human Rights Quarterly, 29 (3). 631-673. ISSN 0275-0392


Meierhenrich, Jens (2006) Presidential and parliamentary elections in Rwanda, 2003 Electoral Studies, 25 (3). 627-634. ISSN 0261-3794

Meierhenrich, Jens (2006) Conspiracy in international law Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 2. 341-357. ISSN 1550-3585

Meierhenrich, Jens (2006) A question of guilt Ratio Juris, 19 (3). 314-342. ISSN 0952-1917

Meierhenrich, Jens (2006) Ethics of lustration Ethics and International Affairs, 20 (1). 99-120. ISSN 0892-6794

Meierhenrich, Jens (2006) Analogies at war Journal of Conflict and Security Law, 11 (1). 1-40. ISSN 1467-7954


Meierhenrich, Jens (2004) Forming states after failure In: Rotberg, Robert I., (ed.) When States Fail: Causes and Consequences. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 153-169. ISBN 0691116717

Honeyman, Catherine and Hudani, Shakirah and Tiruneh, Alfa and Hierta, Justina and Chirayath, Leila and Iliff, Andrew and Meierhenrich, Jens (2004) Establishing collective norms: potentials for participatory justice in Rwanda Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 10 (1). 1-24. ISSN 1078-1919

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Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Mid-Career Fellowship, British Academy; Research Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust; Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, American Political Science Association; Bellagio Center Residential Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation; Faculty Fellowship, American Bar Foundation; Abe Fellowship, Social Science Research Council; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; Predoctoral Fellowship, Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences, Columbia University; Rhodes Scholarship, Rhodes Trust

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