Jo Bluen

Jo Bluen

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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English, French
Key Expertise
crimes against humanity, Nuremberg Trials, international criminal law

About me

Jo is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations at LSE and a former editor of Millennium Journal of International Studies

Prior to commencing the PhD, Jo worked for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa on projects on sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and on the geopolitics of international justice and as a newspaper columnist for South African daily newspaper, the Business Day.

Jo holds a BA (Hons) in international relations, French literature and law from the University of Cape Town, and a double Masters degree in International Affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University.

Research topic

Empirically tracing archival material from the Nuremberg Trials, the International Law Commission of the United Nations, and the International Criminal Court, Jo’s research examines how global apartheid and colonial crimes against humanity shape and are shaped by international criminal law, and how these sustain legal regimes of law fare, violence and dispossession, while also tracing moments of rupture within and resistance to these regimes. 

Teaching experience

  • IR323 - Gendered/ing International Politics (LSE)
  • IR100 - International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates (LSE)
  • POL 1004F – Introduction to Politics (University of Cape Town)
  • POL 3030F – Conflict in World Politics (University of Cape Town)

Academic supervisor

Professor Tarak Barkawi

Research Cluster affiliation

Theory/Area/History Research Cluster

Dr Kirsten Ainley



Expertise Details

crimes against humanity; Nuremberg Trials; international criminal law