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
These three approaches – via the power of the agents, the territory, and state building – are interdependent
Corpses and mass violence: an inventory of the unthinkable
Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus
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
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),
UN Doc S/RES/780, Resolution 780, http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/
(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