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Professor Lars Waldorf


Department: Northumbria Law School

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.


Lars Waldorf

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

  • Law PhD January 16 2014
  • Law June 01 1989
  • Government BA June 01 1985

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