Kirsten J. Fisher
Kirsten J. Fisher
Assistant Professor in Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan & Executive Director, Canadian Yearbook of Human Rights


Current Research Areas

  • Transitional Justice
  • Post-Atrocity Accountability
  • Theories of International Criminal Law
  • Post-Conflict Social Reconstruction
  • Africa
  • Restorative Justice

Kirsten J. Fisher is an Assistant Professor in Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and the Executive Director of the University of Ottawa's Canadian Yearbook of Human Rights.

Operating across traditional disciplines and subfields, she works on issues of global governance and human rights, justice after atrocity, and post-conflict social reconstruction, particularly in Africa. She is the author of Transitional Justice for Child Soldiers (Palgrave 2013) and Moral Accountability and International Criminal Law (Routledge 2012), and is the co-editor/co-author of Transitional Justice and the Arab Spring (Routledge 2014). Her articles have appeared in journals including International Criminal Law ReviewContemporary Political TheoryFinnish Yearbook of International Law, and International Journal of Law in Context.

Much of her work is informed by field research conducted in northern Uganda, where communities are still grappling with how to achieve post-conflict and social justice in the aftermath of two decades of conflict and atrocity.

Prior to beginning at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Fisher held research positions in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research at the University of Helsinki, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa.

Funding for her research, over different periods, has been generously provided by the Canadian Consortium on Human Security (CCHS), the Human Security Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), the Academy of Finland, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

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