Mark Kersten is a Fellow, researcher, and consultant based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, as well as the Deputy Director of the Wayamo Foundation.
Mark’s research and work focuses on: the investigation and prosecution of international crimes; mass atrocity responses and prevention; the effects of judicial interventions by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on conflict, peace, and justice processes; capacity-building and domestic accountability for international crimes; and the nexus between mass atrocities and transnational organized crimes.
In 2011, Mark founded the blog Justice in Conflict, which regularly publishes articles on the challenges of pursuing transitional justice in the context of ongoing violent political conflicts. His work has also appeared in various academic journals and edited volumes, as well as in media publications such as The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. His full academic CV can be found here.
Mark has taught courses on genocide studies, the politics of international law, diplomacy, and conflict and peace studies at the London School of Economics, SOAS, and the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict, and Justice. He holds an MSc and Phd in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) from the University of Guelph.
In 2016, Oxford University Press published Mark’s book, Justice in Conflict – The Effects of the International Criminal Court’s Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace. The book seeks to re-imagine how to study the effects of the ICC on conflict, peace, and justice processes and applies a novel analytical framework to the cases of northern Uganda and Libya.
Mark has previously been a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project in Uganda, and as researcher at Justice Africa and Lawyers for Justice in Libya in London.