Ms Alice Panepinto
Alice joined the Durham Law School as a PhD candidate in October 2010. She holds a law degree from the University of Turin, Italy, and an LLM from SOAS, University of London, where she focused on Public International Law, Law and Society in the Middle East, Human Rights and Islamic Law.
Before returning to academia, Alice completed a traineeship on international peace and security issues at the Delegation of the European Commission to the UN and a legal research internship at the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (Interights). She has also worked for the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation as a research and training assistant.
Alice is exploring transitional justice mechanisms in post-conflict scenarios in Islamic contexts.
The first phase of her research seeks to frame transitional justice in connection with the main pillars of international law, with a focus on international human rights law. This will lay the foundations for critiquing a one-size-fits-all approach to transitional justice, and exploring how the specific needs of given scenarios can be harmonised with the overarching tenets of international law. In that regard, Alice is evaluating the extent to which the principles of Islamic law could sustain transitional justice mechanisms from below (bottom-up approach) in Islamic contexts, corroborating what international law defines from above.
Research Group Membership
- Law and Conflict at Durham
- Human Rights Centre
- Islam Law and Modernity
- International Security, Interdependence and Organisation (At Durham's School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA))
- Law of the International Community
- Comparative Law, including Islamic Law
- Human Rights
- International and EU Public Law
- Transitional justice
- Panepinto, A. (2012). The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice Without Lawyers. International Criminal Law Review 12(1): 101-103.
- Panepinto, A. (2012), Developing the Rule of Law and Human Rights through Transitional Justice: Dealing with Post-Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa, Annual Student Conference: Dealing with the Past: Human Rights and Transitional Justice. Human Rights Law Centre, Nottingham University, Nottingham, England.
- Panepinto, A. (2012), Gender Equality in the Workplace: Exploring the Hidden Traps, The First Conference of the United Arab Emirates Gender and Women’s Studies Consortium (sponsored by the American University of Sharjah and the University of Southern Maine). AUS, Sharjah, UAE.
- Panepinto, A (2011), Exploring Transitional Justice and Islamic Law While Ticking the Human Rights Boxes, Durham University Human Rights Centre Workshop. Durham, England.
- Panepinto, A. (2011), Transitional Justice in Islamic Settings, 2nd Symposium of the Young Penalists/Jeunes Pénalistes de l’Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP). Centre d’Études Juridiques et Politiques de l’Université de La Rochelle, France.
- Panepinto, A. (2011), Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Islamic Contexts, Pre-Conference MPhil / PhD Workshop, The International Law Association - British Branch Annual Conference. University of Sheffield, England.
- Panepinto, A. (2009), Faithful to Humans: Combining International Human Rights Standards and the Fundamental Principles of Islamic Law, Israeli Law and Society Association International Conference: Secularism, Nationalism and Human Rights: Law and Politics in the Middle East and Europe. Tel Aviv University.