In her research, Dr. Renana Keydar focuses on questions of justice in the wake of violent conflicts, adopting an interdisciplinary perspective of law and literature. In her current research she is examining the multiplicity of voices that are heard in legal processes related to mass atrocities—in international courts, local courts, and truth and reconciliation commissions.
Keydar completed her doctoral studies in comparative literature at Stanford University. Her dissertation was on the changes in the perception of justice following mass atrocities, from the Nuremberg trials to the truth and reconciliation commissions in South Africa. Prior to that she completed her studies in law and political science cum laude at Tel Aviv University and served as the legal advisor in the High Court of Justice Department of the State Attorney’s Office.
In the academic year 2015–2016 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From the 2016–2017 academic year she will be a member of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, at the Hebrew University. At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute she heads the research group titled The Future of Justice: Interdisciplinary Aspects of Justice in Contemporary Conflicts.