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Agathe C. Mora

Agathe C. Mora
Name
Agathe C. Mora
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Social Anthropology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
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Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
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Research Interests
Anthropology of Law, Bureaucracy, property restitution, Transitional justice, Anthropology of institutions, Evidence, Kosovo, Europe
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/community_and_representation/research_student_profiles/social_anthropology/agathe_c._mora

PhD Title

Property in Transition: Evidence, Justice and the Law in Post-War Kosovo

Short biography

I am a legal anthropologist working on post-conflict property ‘restitution’, bureaucratic practices, evidence making, and transitional justice. My research is set in Kosovo, the site of the largest European Union rule of law mission outside its member states. More specifically, my PhD thesis (provisionally) entitled ‘Property in Transition: Evidence, Justice and the Law in Post-War Kosovo’ is an ethnography of the inner workings of the quasi-judicial, administrative mechanism for the resolution of immoveable property disputes set up by the UN after the war: the Kosovo Property Agency (KPA).

I am currently writing up my PhD thesis, supervised by Prof. Toby Kelly and Prof. Emeritus Anthony Good. I received the 2015 RAI Arthur Maurice Hocart Essay Prize for my essay: ‘"We Don’t Work for the Serbs, We Work for Human Rights": Justice and Impartiality in Transitional Kosovo'. From February 2014 to June 2015, I was based at the Law and Anthropology department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. Prior to the PhD, I completed a Masters by Research in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK. I received my BA in Sociology and Anthropology from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Publications

Mora, Agathe (accepted by editor) ‘We Don’t Work for the Serbs, We Work for Human Rights’: Justice and Impartiality in Transitional Kosovo. In Grasping ‘Everyday Justice’: An Ethnographic Approach. S. Brunnegger, ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Mora, Agathe (2016) Interrogating #Evidence: Epistemological Challenges in the Contemporary World. Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art & World (allegralaboratory.net)

Mora, Agathe (2016) Towards ‘Reasonable Certainty’: Documents, Files and the Legal Making of Trust at the Kosovo Property Agency (KPA). Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Working Paper No. 170, Halle (Saale), Germany

Mora, Agathe (2013) The Fates Behind the Numbers – Interviews with Claimants and Respondents to the Kosovo Property Agency quasi-judicial process. Swiss Development Cooperation, Pristina

Conference Papers and Presentations

'Dealing with Uncertainty in Post-War Kosovo: Files as Evidence in a Transitional Judiciary', Guest Seminar Lecture, Freie Universitat Berlin, 15 Dec. 2015

'Routine Mediators: Files as Evidence in a Transitional Judiciary'. Invited session ‘Interrogating Evidentiary Familiarities’, sponsored by the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology and American Ethnological Society, AAA Annual Conference, Denver CO, 18-22 Nov. 2015

'"We Don’t Work for the Serbs, we Work for Human Rights": Property Restitution and Transitional Justice in Post-War Kosovo'. Grasping Everyday Justice: An Ethnographic Approach. CRASSH, University of Cambridge, UK, 6 Feb. 2015

'"You Have to Do your Job, Even if it Doesn't Mean Justice": Politics of Spatiality and Technicalisation at the Kosovo Property Agency'. Invited Speaker, Empirical Legal Research Network, Law School, University of Edinburgh, UK, 12 Nov. 2013

'“Anything you say can and will be used against you”: ethical conundrums of researching lawyers in a hybrid institution'. APAD Colloque 2013, Montpellier, France, 13-15 June 2013

Chair of the Panel on ‘Adivasis in the Interstices of the Law in Jharkhand’ - LASSnet 2010 conference ‘Siting the Law’, FLAME, Pune, India, 27-30 Dec. 2010

Panel Organisation

Invited Session ‘Interrogating Evidentiary Familiarities’, With Kate Sullivan, sponsored by the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology and American Ethnological Society, AAA Annual Conference, Denver CO, 18-22 Nov. 2015.

Grants/Awards

Winner of the 2015 RAI Arthur Maurice Hocart Essay Prize

Doctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Law and Anthropology Department, Halle, Germany (Feb 2014- June 2015)

Tweedie Exploration Fellowship, University of Edinburgh (2012)

Studentship from the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, for PhD studies (2011-2015)

Studentship from the Ministère de la Communauté Français de Belgique (2009)

Studentship from the De Beauvoir family, Belgium (2009)

Teaching experience

2013-2014: Social Anthropology 2: 'Into the Field', term 1 - Tutor

2011-2012: Social Anthropology 1A, term 1 - Tutor

Consultancy

S&D Consulting, Pristina, Kosovo. 'Production of Concept Notes to Inform the Development of the Ministry of Justice’s National Strategy on Property Rights for Kosovo', USAID. October 2015 - June 2016

Swiss Development Cooperation, Pristina, Kosovo. ‘The Fates Behind the Numbers’: Interviews with Claimants and Respondents to the Kosovo Property Agency quasi-judicial process. August 2012 - November 2013

Telluris India NGO, in collaboration with the Tribal Research Institute of Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. ‘Pilot study on Barriers in Learning for tribal children’, 2005-2007