Dr Melanie Klinkner
- 01202 961857
- mklinkner at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Principal Academic In Law
- Weymouth House W405, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
- International law
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Dr Melanie Klinkner is a Principal Academic in International Law and currently holds an Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Leaders Fellowship for the creation of mass grave protection guidelines with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) as project partner. In addition, she is the Principal Investigator on a Global Challenges Research Fund project on how to humanise the process of mass grave protection and investigation from the representative perspective of victims’ families. Together with Dr Howard Davis she is author of the monograph ‘The Right to the Truth in International Law’ (published by Routledge, 2020). During Trinity Term 2018 she was a Research Visitor at Oxford University's Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. At Bournemouth University she teaches public international law, international criminal law and international human rights law.
- Schwandner-Sievers, S. and Klinkner, M., 2019. Longing for lost normalcy: Social memory, transitional justice, and the ‘house museum’ to missing persons in Kosovo. Nationalities Papers, 47 (2), 232-247.
- Klinkner, M., 2018. Reasonable truth. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 14 (3), 393-399.
- Klinkner, M., 2017. Towards Mass Grave Protection Guidelines. Human Remains and Violence.
- Klinkner, M., 2016. Karadžić’s guilty verdict and forensic evidence from Bosnia’s mass graves. Science & Justice, 56 (6), 498-506.
- Klinkner, M., 2015. Is all Fair in Love and War Crimes Trials? Regulation 55 and the Katanga Case. International Criminal Law Review, 15 (2), 396-410.
- Davis, H. and Klinkner, M., 2014. A right to truth, victims, and the ICC. Torture – Asian and Global Perspectives (Asian Human Rights Commission), 3 (3), 55-59.
- Klinkner, M., 2014. Mass Grave Investigations for International Criminal Proceedings. Torture - Asian and Global Perspectives, 3 (2), 50-55.
- Davis, H. and Klinkner, M., 2014. A Right to Truth, Victims, and the ICC. Torture, 3 (3), 56-59.
- Klinkner, M. and Wessling, R., 2013. The challenges for capacity building and subsequent impact assessment: the case of mass grave investigation training by Inforce at Bournemouth University. Science & Justice, 53, 442-444.
- Klinkner, M., 2012. Improving International Criminal Investigations into Mass Graves: Synthesizing Experiences from the Former Yugoslavia. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 4 (3), 334-364.
- Klinkner, M.J., 2012. Psycho-social aspects surrounding criminal investigations into mass graves. International Criminal Law Review, 12 (3), 409-426.
- Klinkner, M.J., 2009. Forensic science expertise for international criminal proceedings: an old problem, a new context and a pragmatic resolution. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 13, 102-129.
- Klinkner, M.J., 2008. Proving Genocide? Forensic Expertise and the ICTY. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 6, 447-466.
- Klinkner, M.J., 2008. Forensic Science for Cambodian Justice. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2, 227-243.
- Klinkner, M. and Davis, H., 2019. The Right to the Truth in International Law. Routledge.
- Klinkner, M. and Schwandner-Sievers, S., 2021. Transitional justice principles versus survivors’ experience – conflicting interpretations in Kosovo case study involving missing persons and their memorialisation. In: Rauschenbach, M., Viebach, J. and Parmentier, S., eds. Localising Memory: The Dynamics and Informal Practices of Memorialisation after Mass Violence and Dictatorship. Routledge.
- Klinkner, M., 2015. The Right to Truth, Appropriate Forum and the International Criminal Court. In: Szablewska, N. and Bachmann, S., eds. Current Issues in Transitional Justice. Towards a More Holistic Approach. Springer, 3-29.
- Klinkner, M., 2013. Scientific Evidence in International Criminal Trials. In: Weisburd, D., ed. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Springer.
- Klinkner, M. and Schwandner-Sievers, S., 2017. Grieving lost normalcy: a Kosovo case study of social memory, incomplete transitional justice and political agency. In: Sixth International Expert Seminar on Transitional Justice 25-26 September 2017 KU Leuven.
- Klinkner, M., Schwandner-Sievers, S., TIan, F. and Biran, A., 2015. Rethinking post-war reconciliation, memory and heritage via ‘gaming’ technology. In: BFX Academic Conference 2015 26-27 September 2015 Bournemouth, Bournemouth University.
- Klinkner, M., 2015. Ukraine and Russia: International (criminal) responses to hybrid war? In: International Criminal Trials: Historical Paradigms and Contemporary Dimensions 21 September 2015 Preston, University of Central Lancashire.
- Klinkner, M. and Davis, H., 2014. Institutionalising the right to the truth at the ICC. In: SLSA Conference 26-28 March 2013 York.
- Bray, M., 2014. Mass grave evidence before international criminal trials. In: Forensic Forum 2014 5 March 2014 London.
- Klinkner, M., 2012. Improving forensic investigations into mass graves for international criminal proceedings. In: European Academy of Forensic Science 20-24 August 2012 The Hague.
- Klinkner, M., 2011. The value of forensic evidence for international criminal proceedings. In: 2nd Biennial War Crimes Conference: Justice? Whose Justice? Punishment, Mediation or Reconciliation 3-5 March 2011 London.
- Klinkner, M., 2008. International Justice through Science: Investigating Human Rights Violations with or without Forensic Science? In: The 12th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research 14-17 August 2008 Adelaide.
- Klinkner, M., 2008. Proving Genocide – Cooperation between lawyers and forensic scientists under the ICTY. In: Seventh Biennial Meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars 9-13 July 2007 Sarajevo.
- Klinkner, M. and Smith, E., 2020. The Bournemouth Protocol on Mass Grave Protection and Investigation. https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/the_bournemouth_protocol_on_mass_grave_protection_. Available from: https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/the_bournemouth_protocol_on_mass_grave_protection_.
- Klinkner, M.J., 2009. Toward improved understanding and interaction between forensic science and international criminal law in the context of transitional justice. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University; Business School.
- Ellie Smith. The need for truth-telling as a part of the right to truth and its realisation at the ICC
- Luke Nwibo Eda. Missing Migrants
- Giulia Levi. Bridging post-Brexit Referendum Divides
Profile of Teaching PG
- Principles of International law, International Organisations and the WTO
- Dissertation Support and Research Methods
- International Criminal Law and International Criminal Justice
- International Human Rights Law
Profile of Teaching UG
- Advanced Criminal Law
- It remains to be seen: animation of mass grave recovery (UKRI, 01 Apr 2020). In Progress
- Protecting Mass Graves to advance Truth and Justice (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 25 Feb 2019). Awarded
- Fusion co-creation project involving BU students and partners in Kosovo: rethinking post-war reconciliation via ‘gaming’ technology (Fusion Investment Fund, 01 Nov 2015). Completed
- Rethinking Reconciliation (European Union Academic Development Scheme, 01 Feb 2015). Completed
- A victim's right to truth and the International Criminal Court (Nuffield Foundation, 01 Sep 2013). Completed
- Cambodia Field Research - financial support (Harold Wyam Wingate Foundation, 01 Jan 2007). Completed
- PhD in Law (Bournemouth University, 2009)
- MA in Philosophy, Anthropology, Biology (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 2003)
External Media and Press
- The ICC can improve its image by going after North Korea and Islamic State fighters, The Conversation, 02 Dec 2014. https://theconversation.com/profiles/melanie-klinkner-129999/articles
- MH17 and human remains, Radio Wave 105, 23 Jul 2014. http://www.wave105.com/
- International law and flight MH17, The Conversation, 18 Jul 2014. https://theconversation.com/profiles/melanie-klinkner-129999/articles
- Charles Taylor uses media hype to lobby for a prison transfer, The Conversation, 25 Jun 2014. https://theconversation.com/profiles/melanie-klinkner-129999/articles