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Lars Waldorf


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Research interests

Human rights, law and humanities, legal empowerment, peacebuilding, resistance studies, transitional justice


Before joining Northumbria, Lars Waldorf taught law at Essex, Dundee, York, and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. He has worked mostly on accountability and empowerment in Rwanda and then Sri Lanka. In an earlier life, he was a poverty and civil rights lawyer in the US.

Lars has been Principal Investigator on two AHRC-funded grants -- "Performing Empowerment" and "Performing/Informing Rights" -- that helped empower people with conflict-related disabilities in Sri Lanka and Nepal through a combination of inclusive dance and rights education. He is also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

His current research and impact work brings together art, law, and resistance studies in the aftermath of Sri Lanka's 2022 occupy movement. As part of that, he is co-curating "Artful Struggles 2024: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka" with Dr Nilanjana Premaratna for GemArts at the Gateshead Central Library in June and July 2024.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, The National University of Ireland Galway

Award Date: 16 Jan 2014

Law, Harvard University

Award Date: 1 Jun 1989

Government, BA, Harvard University

Award Date: 1 Jun 1985


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