Public Talk: Informers Up Close

Informers play a pivotal role in shaping the dynamics of repressive regimes, influencing the course of history, often at the expense of individual freedoms. In this public talk, Mark A. Drumbl will present his upcoming book Informers up Close: Stories from Communist Prague co-authored with Barbora Holá, which delves into the case study of Communist Czechoslovakia (1945-1989). The research draws from secret police archives, oral histories, and an extensive array of secondary sources to uncover the motivations that drive individuals to become informers and the repercussions of their actions on society.

Mark A. Drumbl is the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director of the Transnational Law Institute at Washington and Lee University, Virginia, USA. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford, Université de Paris, Free University of Amsterdam, University of Melbourne, and Queen’s University Belfast. He has written over 100 articles and book chapters. He authored Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (CUP, 2007) and Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy (OUP, 2012), both of which have been extensively reviewed. His work has been relied upon by national and international courts, he has served as an expert witness in trial litigation and as an expert in treaty drafting, represented clients in genocide prosecutions and public inquiries, and consulted with the UN and OSCE.

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