Author Archives: Zachary Manfredi

About Zachary Manfredi

Zachary Manfredi received his law degree from Yale Law School in 2017 and is currently a doctoral candidate in rhetoric at the University of California-Berkeley. While at Yale he was a Hansell Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges and a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. He also holds an M.Phil. in Political Theory from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar and co-founded the International Criminal Court Observers project.

Sharpening the Vigilance of the World: Reconsidering the Russell Tribunal as Ritual

Abstract: In the late 1960s Russell-Sartre Tribunal gathered a group of philosophers, lawyers, activists and historians to assess the culpability of the United States for war crimes committed in Vietnam. While traditionally dismissed by commentators as a “show trial,” the gathering provided inspiration for numerous twentieth and twenty-first century “peoples’ tribunals.” This article argues that both the legal and theoretical dimensions of the initial Tribunal’s work have been underappreciated. Specially, the piece builds on Talal Asad’s theory of “ritual” to show how the tribunal cultivated Continue reading → Continue reading →