Rachel Kerr

The news of Chandra’s death was deeply shocking and profoundly saddening.  As many have said, it seems so unfair to have lost her at such a young age.  She was a fantastic colleague and a wonderful friend.  Always warm-hearted but taking no prisoners, it was always a bonus to see that she would be attending an event.  And she made conferences all the more bearable with her quick wit, and of course by finding the best dinner spots (especially in New Orleans!).  I made many other friends through Chandra, some of whom are here already, and there are others that I didn’t know she knew, which attests to the very wide circle she embraced.  She will be very much missed and leaves a gaping hole.  As a scholar, she contributed so much to the field of transitional justice as a field forged in a nexus of international law and politics, both intellectually and substantively, and also, crucially, methodologically through guides on fieldwork and recent work on carving out a more sensible approach to finding out not just if transitional justice worked, but how it operated.  She was also hugely important to me as a mentor and as a colleague and I will miss her very much.

Rachel Kerr

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