Dr. Valerie Arnould is Legal & Policy Advisor on Transitional Justice at Avocats sans Frontières. She is also an Affiliated Senior Researcher with the Leuven Institute of Criminology at the University of Leuven, where she is also the editor-in-chief of the Leuven Transitional Justice Blog.
From 2014 to 2021, she worked as Senior Research Fellow with the Africa Programme at the Egmont Institute.
Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of East London, where she worked on a collaborative research project investigating the impact of transitional justice on democratic institution-building, as well as a Guest Lecturer on transitional justice at the Brussels School of International Studies – Kent University and a Visiting Lecturer on the human rights programme at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
From 2007 to 2012, she worked as a risk analyst on francophone Africa at a London-based strategic intelligence company.
She holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, and BA and LLM degrees in international relations and international law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Her areas of expertise are political and security dynamics in Central Africa, transitional justice, and human rights in peacebuilding.
– 15 December 2021 : Valerie Arnould interviewed Wouter De Vriendt, president of the Special Parliamentary Commission on Belgium’s colonial past (watch here)
-26 March 2021: Valerie Arnould participated in a Round Table on “La lutte contre l’impunité en République Démocratique du Congo” organised by Marie Arena, Députée européenne belge S&D and MEP. Watch the video.
-27-27 January 2021: Valerie Arnould participated in the Table ronde d’experts sur la justice transitionnelle en RDC organised by CAD-Congo, Trial International, l’Institut Francophone pour la Justice et la Démocratie (IFJD), la Conférence Épiscopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO) et l’Église du Christ au Congo (CJPS/ECC).
-27 June 2020: Valerie Arnould presented a paper on ‘Justice Norms and Politics at the UN Security Council’ at the annual meeting of the United Nations Academic on the United Nations Council System.
-10 June 2020: Valerie Arnould participated in a consultation on the Security Council and Transitional Justice organised by the Security Council Report.
- Building blocks for regional cooperation on Transitional Justice Africa Policy Briefs
- “Punishing bad things is not such an easy task” : a conversation with Philippe Sands Other publications
- Review of ‘The President on Trial: Prosecuting Hissène Habré’ Other publications
- Developments in the Field of Transitional Justice Africa Policy Briefs
- Reflections on a Decentralised Approach to Transitional Justice in the DR Congo Africa Policy Briefs
- Regrets, apologies and repair for Belgium’s colonial harms Commentaries
- Going the Extra Mile for the 2020 Elections in the Central African Republic Africa Policy Briefs
- Human Rights matter more than ever in the Covid-19 era Commentaries
- Regionalisation of Transitional Justice Frameworks in Africa and Europe Commentaries
- Security forces’ strategies of resistance to transitional justice Africa Policy Briefs
- Do transitional justice measures help foster democratic security forces? Other publications
- Untangling justice, peace and amnesties in the Central African Republic Africa Policy Briefs
- The pitfalls of an overreliance on the International Criminal Court Commentaries
- Blind vertrouwen op het Internationaal Strafhof helpt niet in de strijd tegen straffeloosheid Commentaries
- EU Policies in the DRC: Misaligned Ambitions Other publications
- African Futures: Horizon 2025 Other publications
- A Court in Crisis? The ICC in Africa, and Beyond Egmont papers
- Building (regional) bridges for transitional justice Africa Policy Briefs
- Africa Uprising? The protests, the drivers, the outcomes Other publications
- Rethinking what ICC success means at the Bemba Trial Commentaries
- Transitional justice in peacebuilding: dynamics of contestation in the DRC Other publications
- EU policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Try and fail? Other publications
- Burkina Faso looking ahead: prospects for change or much of the same? Commentaries
- Transitional justice and democracy in Uganda: between impetus and instrumentalisation Other publications
- The uncertain promise of hybrid justice in the Central African Republic Africa Policy Briefs
- Transitional justice’s uneven path in the DRC Commentaries
- Burkina Faso’s popular revolution fraying at the edges Commentaries
- The limits of international criminal justice: Lessons from the Ongwen case Commentaries
- Is Big Brother in trouble? Regionalisation of the Boko Haram crises challenges Nigeria’s leadership position Commentaries
- Burkina Faso after Compaoré: Continuity through change? Commentaries
- Pathways of impact : How transitional justice affects democratic institution-building Other publications
- Transitional Justice and Democratisation Processes in sub-Saharan Africa Other publications
- Influence groups and key players in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s mining sector Other publications
- Uganda’s elusive peace deal. LRA rebels dodge final agreement Other publications
- Instability in North Kivu. Fears of another Congo war Other publications
- Amnesty, peace and reconciliation in Algeria Other publications
- Vol. LIX, Issue 2 (2006): Justice after civil wars. Truth Commissions’ and War Crimes Tribunals’ contribution to post-conflict reconciliation Studia Diplomatica
- Global governance: the next frontier, a concept on global governance as a guide for a new ambition in international diplomacy Egmont papers