It is with great sadness that the Leuven Institute of Criminology – Human Rights and Transitional Justice Research Line learned of the sudden passing of Chandra Lekha Sriram. Chandra was a highly respected and prolific scholar on transitional justice and peacebuilding, who we greatly valued as a wonderful colleague. We had the honour of welcoming Chandra at the University of Leuven in September 2015 as a keynote speaker at the symposium on ‘Human Rights, Development and Transitional Justice’, and our paths crossed regularly at various conferences across the globe. For some of us, she was also a close collaborator and friend. She will be greatly missed, for her sharp and creative intellectual contributions, her mindboggling ability to juggle multiple projects, her dedication to supporting fellow (junior) scholars, her often irreverent attitude towards the idiosyncrasies of academia, and her off-beat humour. We send our deepest condolences and sympathy to her mother and close friends and will forever remain inspired by her life and work.
Valerie Arnould and Stephan Parmentier, on behalf of the Research Line on Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Leuven Institute of Criminology, University of Leuven