Nergis Canefe

Middle Eastern scholar and artist specializing in war crimes, mass political violence, global politics of dispossession and public ethics. Professor of Politics, Public Policy and Law, York University, Canada. Her latest book is Crimes Against Humanity: The Limits of Universal Jurisdiction in the Global South. IWM Resident Research Fellow 2021 and 2022.


Cover for: Accounting for war crimes

The war crimes charges brought by the ICC against Putin are a breakthrough. But built-in safeguards of national interest, combined with an incomplete patchwork of mechanisms and jurisdictions, mean a long way ahead before Russia is prosecuted under international law for the crime of aggression.

Cover for: Life as death

Life as death

How Afghan refugees aren’t offered real solutions

More than half a million Afghans were displaced in 2021, adding to many more forced to flee over decades of uninterrupted violence. But offers to accommodate Afghanistan’s ‘living dead’ are often conditional on obscure definitions of neediness.