Line Engbo Gissel


  • Universitetsvej 1, 14.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde



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Personal profile


I research the legalisation and judicialisation of politics and the politics of international law, focusing on 1) transitional justice theory; 2) the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other international justice institutions; and 3) African government relations with international courts.

My new book, Africa and the Backlash Against International Courts (London: Zed Books, 2020), co-written with Peter Brett, studies African government relations with the ICC and sub-regional courts in Africa, a relationship marked by different experiences of backlash. We argue against explanations focusing on sovereingty and direct focus toward strategies of legitimation and equal participation in world politics.

My first book studies the impact of ICC involvement on peace processes in Kenya and Uganda, The International Criminal Court and Peace Processes in Africa: Judicialising Peace (Routledge, 2018). It formulates a theory about when and how ICC involvement respectively harms and enables a political settlement to take place.

This academic year (2020/2021) I am teaching International Law for the Social Sciences (BA); International Politics (BA); International Institutions and Global Governance (BA); and Case Study Methods (MA).

External positions

Council Member, Rådet for International Konfliktløsning

3 Nov 2018 → …


  • Economics, Politics
  • African Politics
  • African States
  • Civil War
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Kenya
  • Peace Processes
  • Uganda
  • Law, Ethics
  • Human Rights
  • International Criminal Court
  • International Judicial Interventions
  • International Justice
  • Legalisation of Politics
  • War Crimes Tribunals

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