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The Geopolitics of Black Bones that Matter. Vital Topics Forum on “Geopolitical Lives”. American Anthropologist | ACCESS

New frontiers in international human rights: Actionable nonactionables and the (non)performance of perpetual becoming. Journal of Human Rights. Vol. 21. Issue 2, pp 141-157, | PDF

Rendering the Absent Visible: Victimhood and the Irreconcilability of Violence. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Special Issue 28 (S1). | PDF

Up the Down Escalator: #TheorizingWhileBlack and the Politics of International Legality. Reflections. TWAILR: Reflections #38/2021 | ONLINE

“Towards Reflexivity in the Anthropology of Expertise and Law.” American Anthropologist. Introduction to Special Section: Cultural Expertise. Vol. 122. Issue 3, pp 584-587 | PDF

The beauty….is that it speaks for itself’: geospatial materials as evidentiary matters. 2019. Kamari Clarke and co-authored with Sara Kendall. IN Legal Materialities.  Law Text Culture Journal. Special Issue. Special Issue Editors: Hyo Yoon Kang and Sara Kendall. Law, Text, Culture. Volume 23. Legal Materiality. Article 7. | PDF

Affective Justice: The Racialized Imaginaries of International Justice. Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR). Vol. 42. Issue 2, pp 244-267 | PDF

“Rethinking Sovereignty through Hashtag Publics: The New Body Politics.” Cultural Anthropology – Openings and Retrospectives. Vol. 32. Issue 3, pp 359-366. ISSN 0886-7356, online ISSN 1548-1360. | PDF

“Beyond Genealogies: Expertise and Religious Knowledge in Legal Cases Involving African Diasporic Publics.” Transforming Anthropology. Vol. Number 0, pp. 1-26, ISSN 1051-0559, electronic ISSN 1548-7466. The American Anthropological Association. | PDF

Clarke, Kamari M. “The Urgency of New Historiographies in International Relations.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Vol. 36. Issue 1, pp 213-219 | PDF

Clarke, Kamari Maxine.  “Refiguring the perpetrator: culpability, history and international criminal law’s impunity gap.” The International Journal of Human Rights 19 (5): 592-614. | PDF

with Sarah-Jane Koulen. “The Legal Politics of Article 16: The International Criminal Court, the UN Security Council and Ontologies of Contemporary Compromise.” African Journal of Legal Studies 7(3): 297-319. | PDF

Notes on Cultural Citizenship in the Black Atlantic World. Introduction. Cultural Anthropology 28 (3): 464-474.  | PDF

Assemblages of Experts: The Caribbean Court of Justice and the Modernity of Caribbean Postcoloniality.  Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 17 (2-41): 88-107.  |  PDF

with Deborah Thomas. Globalization and Race: Structures of Inequality, New Sovereignties, and Citizenship in a Neoliberal Era. Annual Review of Anthropology 42: 302-25.  |  PDF

Thoughts on Jean Comaroff’s Political Economy of Zombies. In Religion and Society: Advances in Research 3(1): 26-30.  |  PDF

Kony 2012, The ICC and the Problem with the Peace and Justice Divide. The Annual Ben Ferencz Session: Africa and the International Criminal Court at the 106th American Society of International Law (ASIL) Proceedings of the Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. Pp. 309-313. March 28-30, 2012.  |  PDF

The Rule of Law Through Its Economies of Appearances: The Making of the African Warlord. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies Winter 18(1): 7-40.  |  PDF

Constituting Terms for International Change: Reflecting on Strategies for Women’s Rights. American Society of International Law 10 (March 24-27, 2010): 561-564.  |  PDF

The Politics of Faith and the Limits of Scientific Reason: Tracking the Anthropology of Human Rights and Religion. Religion and Society: Advances in Research 1 (2010): 110–130.  |  PDF

Rethinking Africa through its Exclusions: The Politics of Naming Criminal Responsibility. “Rethinking Africa in the Neoliberal World.” Jean Comaroff, Achille Mbembe, Jesse Shipley. Anthropological Quarterly 83(3): 625–652.  | PDF

Toward a Critically Engaged Ethnographic Practice. Current Anthropology:  A Journal of the Human Sciences. The Wenner Gren Foundation For Anthropological Research 51 (S2): S301-S312.  |  PDF

New Spheres of Transnational Formations: Mobilizations of Humanitarian Diasporas.   Transforming Anthropology18(1): 48-65.  |  PDF

Transnational Yorùbá revivalism and the diasporic politics of heritage. American Ethnologist 34 (4): 721-734.  | PDF

Internationalizing the Statecraft: The ICC, Religious Revivalism, and the Cultural Politics of Genocide. The Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review 28 (2): 279-334.  |  PDF

The Globalization of Human Rights. Anthropology News. American Anthropological Association 47(5): 5.  |  PDF

Governmentality, Modernity, and the Historical Politics of Oyo-Hegemony in Yoruba Transnational Revivalism.  Anthropologica: The Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society. Volume 44-42: 271-293. PDF

In Preparation

(with Sarah-Jane Koulen). “Transitional Justice IN the Elgar Concise Encyclopedia of Law and Anthropology.

(with Omowumi Asubiaro Dada). The African Court of Human and People's Rights IN the Edward Elgar Encyclopedia on Law and Peace

‘A dead child is better than a missing one’: Religiosity, Technology and the Hope for Justice Beyond Law In Reckoning with Law in Excess Juristocratic Mobilizations between Apotheosis and Disenchantment. Editor(s): Olaf Zenker and Mark Goodale. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

(with Ariana Hernandez-Reguant) Fear and Laughter: Racialization’s Affective Logics IN Cambridge Handbook on Race & Ethnicity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

The Responsibility to Protect and the Geopolitics of African Transitional Justice IN The Cambridge History of Rights. Volume V – Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Editors: Samuel Moyn and Meredith Terretta

Transitional Justice through the Institutionalization of Emotional Affects IN The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice. Editors: Jens Meierhenrich, Alexander Laban Hinton, and Lawrence Douglas. London: Oxford University Press


Preface IN Cultural Expertise, Law and Rights: A Comprehensive Guide. Editor: Livia Holden. Routledge | ACCESS


(with Ayodele Akenroye) Deconstructing the Complexities of Violence: Uganda and the Case Against Dominic Ongwen IN Narratives of Mass Atrocity: Victims and Perpetrators in the Aftermath. Editors: Sarah Federman and Ronald Niezen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Emotion, Affect, and Law IN Oxford Handbook of Law & Anthropology. Editors: Marie-Claire Foblets, Mark Goodale, Maria Sapignoli and Olaf Zenker. Oxford University Press; London

Critical Race Theory. (Kamari Clarke and Ifrah Abdillahi) IN Routledge Handbook of Law and Society. (edited with Mariana Valverde, Kamari Clarke, Eve Darian-Smith, and Prabha Kotiswaran). Routledge Press.


Chapter 10 African Withdrawals and Structural Inequities. In The International Criminal Court: Contemporary Challenges and Reform Proposals. Brill/Martinus Nijhoff


“Founding Moments and Founding Fathers: Shaping Publics through the Sentimentalization of History Narratives.” In The New Histories of International Criminal Law: Retrials. Oxford University Press. Editors Immi Tallgren and Thomas Skouteris

“Silencing the Guns: The Malabo Protocol, the Rome Statute, and Disputes over Designing African Security, Governance and Peace.” In African Court Compendium. Editors Charles Jalloh, Kamari Clarke, Vincent Nmehielle. Cambridge University Press.


“Afterward: Re-situating In-Justice” IN Pursuing Justice in Africa. Editors Karekwaivanane and Jessica Johnson. Ohio University Press; Athens.

“Violence.” In Critical Terms for African Studies. Editors Gaurav Desai and V.Y. Mudimbe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


“Rethinking Liberal Legality Through the African Court of Justice and Human Rights: Resituating Economic Crimes and Other Enablers of Violence” IN International Criminal Law in Context. Editor Phillip Kastner. Routledge.


“History and Sentimentality in Rule of Law Movements” IN Africa and the ICC: Perceptions of Justice. Editor Kamari Clarke, Abel Knottnerous and Eefje de Volder. Cambridge/London: Cambridge University Press.

“Looking Forward, Anticipating Challenges: Making Sense of Disjunctures in Meanings of Culpability.” IN The International Criminal Court in Africa: One decade on. Editor Evelyn Ankumah. Intersentia Press. ISBN 978-1-78068-417-8 I Pp. xxxviii- 676.

“Why Africa?” IN Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court. Editor Richard H. Steinberg. Brill Nijhoff. Leiden: Boston.

“Transnational Ifa: The Readings of the Year and the Contemporary Economies of Orisa Religious Knowledge” IN Ifa Divination, Knowledge, Power and Performance. Editors Jacob K. Olupona and Rowland O. Abiodun. Indiana University Press. Bloomington. pp. 260-273.


“‘We Ask For Justice, You Give us Law’: The Rule of Law, Economic Markets and the Reconfiguration of Victimhood. Chapter 11.” IN Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions. Editors Christian De Vos, Sara Kendall and Carsten Stahn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp 272-301.


(with Deborah Thomas). Globalizing Race IN Race: Are We So Different? Edited by Alan H. Goodman, Yolanda T. Moses, and Joseph Jones. Pp. 235-237. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell Publishing.

Toward a Critically Engaged Ethnographic Practice IN Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge. Edited by Rebecca Hardin and Kamari Clarke. Pp. 137-159. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

(with Rebecca Hardin). Introduction IN Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge. Edited by Rebecca Hardin and Kamari Clarke. Pp. 3-36. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.


The Cultural Aesthetics of Sàngó Africanization IN Sango in the African and African Diaspora. Pp. 213-232. Edited by Joel E. Tishken,, Toyin Falola and Akintunde Akinyemi.

Oyotunji Village: A Movement in the Making IN African American Religious Culture Encyclopedia Project. BC-CLIO World Religions Project


The International Criminal Court: A Path to International Justice? IN Paths to International Justice: Social and Legal Perspectives. Edited by Marie-Bénédicte Dembour and Toby Kelly. Pp. 134-160. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Ritual Change and the Changing Canon. Divinatory Legitimization of Yorùbá Ancestral Roots in Oyotunji African Village IN Òrìşà Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yorùbá Religious CultureEdited by Jacob Kẹhinde Olupona and Terry Rey. Pp. 286-319. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.


Mapping Transnationality:  Roots Tourism and the Institutionalization of Ethnic Heritage IN Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness.   Edited by M. Kamari Clarke and Deborah Thomas. Pp. 133-153. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Yoruba Aesthetics and the Making of Trans-Atlantic Imaginaries IN Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics.  Edited by Sarah Nuttall. Pp. 290-315. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


Yoruba Aesthetics and the Making of Trans-Atlantic Imaginaries IN African Aesthetics: Essays on Beauty and Ugliness.  Edited by Sarah Nuttall. Amsterdam: The Prince Claus Fund; London: Phaidon; South Africa: Kwela Books.


To Reclaim Yoruba Traditions is to Reclaim the Gods of Africa: Reflections on the Uses of Ethnography and History in Yoruba Revivalism IN Feminist Fields: Ethnographic Insights. Edited by Rae Anderson, Sally Cole, and Heather Howard-Bobiwash. Pp. 229- 242. Broadview Press: Peterborough.

2023. (With Deborah Thomas) Can Anthropology Be Decolonized? Sapiens. | LINK 

2020. Racing National Security Symposium: Negotiating Racial Injustice: How International Criminal Law Helps Entrench Structural Inequality. Just Security.  | LINK

2020. Affective Justice: Book Symposium: A Response.  | LINK

2019 In Opinio Juris on Phil Clark’s ‘Distant Justice.’ | LINK

2015 Clarke, Kamari Maxine. “Power Politics and Its Global Shadows: From Margins to Center.” Review of Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics by James G. Stewart. New York: Oxford University Press. Online Symposium: Whither the International Criminal Court.  |  PDF

2014  Clarke, Kamari. M. “Accountability and the Expansion of the Criminal Jurisdiction of the African Court.Arguendo Roundtable (online). American Bar Association  | PDF

2014 Clarke, Kamari M. 2014. “Justice Can’t Prevail in a Vacuum.” New York Times, Opinion Pages, Room for Debate. December 11, 2014.  |  LINK

2013 Clarke KM. “Treat Greed in Africa as a War Crime.” New York Times, Jan. 29, OpEd pp. A27 | PDF

2013 How Police Use Religion to Deceive Suspects. Huffington Post. 3/21/2013 | PDF

2013 “Is the International Criminal Court (ICC) targeting Africa inappropriately?” UCLA School of Law Debates.March 2013-July 2013. | LINK

2012 Kony 2012, the ICC & peace/justice divide, Part one of two. May 18, 2012  |  PDF

2012 Attending to the language of justice. Part two of two. May 19, 2012  |  PDF

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