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Jerusa Ali

PhD Candidate (Legal Studies)

Fields of interest

  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL)
  • International Legal Theory
  • International Criminal Justice ‘from below’

Doctoral Project

International Criminal Law ‘On the Ground’: An Examination of the Crime of Persecution in Nigeria

 Jerusa’s doctoral research project explores the crime against humanity of persecution through a re-examination of its historical origins; an analysis of the gaps and ambiguities in the contemporary adjudicative practices of international courts and tribunals; and a case study of cultural persecution in the situation ‘on the ground’ in Nigeria. Her aim is to produce a historical overview and a contemporary analysis of the crime against humanity of persecution from a critical non-Western perspective (TWAIL: Third World Approaches to International Criminal Law). The results of her research will contribute to the growing body of literature on critical approaches to international criminal law. As part of her research, Jerusa will be working with Dr. W.O. Egbewole at the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin in Spring 2016. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at Carleton, Jerusa worked as a Foreign Service officer and as an adjunct instructor in international law and international relations.

Doctoral committee

Professor Doris Buss (Supervisor, Legal Studies)

Dr. Christiane Wilke (Legal Studies)

Dr. Kamari Clarke (Global and International Studies)

Dr. Pius Adesanmi (African Studies/ Literature)

Dr. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole (Jurisprudence and International Law)


  • LLM International Human Rights Law, School of Law, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • MA International Relations, School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and the Environment, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
  • BSc Foreign Service, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, United States
  • Certificate in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, ICU, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Awards and Scholarships

  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2015-2016)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) (2014-2017)
  • Chevening Scholarship (British Council) (2002-2003)

Recent presentations and publications

Doris Buss and Jerusa Ali ‘Rwanda: Women’s Political Participation in Post-Conflict State Building’ in Naomi Cahn and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (ed.s) Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2016).

‘Kimathi wa Waciuri’s Ghost: the Longue Durée and Indigenous Durée as Method in International Legal History’ Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA) Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, 3-5 June 2015.

‘A TWAIL Critique of International Criminal Law in the Longue Durée’, Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual, the American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, 21-24 February 2015.

Jerusa Ali, Review of Tuba Inal ‘Looting and Rape in Wartime: Law and Change in International Relations’ Canadian Yearbook of International Law/Annuaire canadien de droit international, 52, (2014) pp 619-625. doi:10.1017/cyl.2015.8.