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Why exhume? Why identify?
Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

cases – as almost all of the texts gathered here indicate  – in which the stakes of diplomacy, of the quasi-diplomacy of non-governmental organizations, but also those of geopolitics, are involved. Questions of a specifically legal nature concerning the legality of exhumations and identifications ordered or protected by national and international courts also arise within this context. For this logic remains in broader terms the logic of transitional justice. These three approaches  – via the power of the agents, the territory, and state building  – are interdependent

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Corpses and mass violence: an inventory of the unthinkable
Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Commission for Corpses of Deportees in Germany. In its quest for the identification of the remains of French deportees throughout the territory of the former Reich, the Commission exhumed and identified thousands of corpses between 1946 and 1957, bringing a fund of unprecedented expertise into the areas of diplomacy and science. It falls to the anthropologist to clarify in the final and frank analyses the ethical and epistemological difficulties that give rise to these singular objects of corpses en masse. The impacts for re­ searchers and societies are considered: in

in Human remains and mass violence
The forensic and political lives of secondary mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Admir Jugo and Sari Wastell

), Trial Chamber, 27 February 2003, § 15. D. Campbell, ‘Apartheid cartography: the political anthropology and spatial effects of international diplomacy in Bosnia’, Political Geography, 18:4 (1999), 404. Sentencing Judgment, Prosecutor v. Biljana Plavšić (IT-00-39&40/1-S), §§ 15–17. UN Doc S/RES/780, Resolution 780, http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/ doc/UNDOC/GEN/N92/484/40/IMG/N9248440.pdf?OpenElement (accessed 28 October 2012). UN Doc S/1994/674/Add.2 (vol. V), Final Report of the United Nations Commission of Experts Established Pursuant to Security Council Resolution 780

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