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Reader in Law, King's College London

Dr Nicola Palmer is a Reader in law at King’s College London and the author of 'Courts in Conflict: Interpreting the Layers of Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda' (OUP, 2015). She has written on questions of the relationship between international criminal law and border control, resistance to mass violence and legal pluralism in Rwanda. Most recently her work has been published in journals including Theoretical Criminology, The Leiden Journal of International Law and Transnational Legal Theory. Her research has been supported by the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Rhodes Trust.

Dr Palmer was previously the Global Justice Research Fellow at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford and convenor of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) network. She received her doctorate in law from Oxford in 2011. Prior to this, she worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN ICTR), following her undergraduate in law and economics at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Since 2014, Dr Palmer has worked as an international research advisor on the Aegis Trust’s Research, Policy and Higher Education (RPHE) programme, engaging in an innovative peer-to-peer exchange with Rwandan researchers aimed a re-directing knowledge flows on post-conflict reconstruction.


  • –present
    Reader in Law, King's College London


  • 2011 
    University of Oxford, D.Phil