Dr Peter Manning

Centre for Human Rights and LSE100

London School of Economics and Political Science

p.manning (at) lse.ac.uk


Cheoung Ek Genocide Memorial, Phnom Penh.    (Peter Manning 2008)

Peter received his PhD from LSE in 2014 and continues to work as an LSE Fellow. His doctoral research focused on the relationship between the Khmer Rouge Trials and memory in Cambodia: how do the Khmer Rouge Trials organise a particular reading of Cambodia's past political violence and why?  How is this account of past political violence mediated with the Cambodian public? To what extent are localised memorial accounts in conflict with the Trials' sanctioned reading of past political violence? And what implications may these conflicts have for the normative aims of the Khmer Rouge Trials? Peter's thesis was supervised by Dr. Claire Moon.

Peter is a member of the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights research group Atrocity, Suffering and Human Rights and co-curated the LSE Human Rights Centre display of the 'Reflections of the Khmer Rouge' exhibition (original exhibition by DC-Cam). In 2008/9 Peter was appointed Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Development, Phnom Penh. Peter has taught undergraduate seminars on the 'Key Issues in Contemporary Societies', 'Key Concepts in Sociology', 'Sociological Analysis' and 'Atrocity, Suffering and Human Rights' courses, as well as the interdisciplinary LSE100 'Understanding the causes of things' course. In 2009/10 Peter won an LSE Teaching Excellence prize and in 2011/12 Peter was awarded an LSE Outstanding Commendation for his teaching contribution.

Peter's broader research interests include the sociology of human rights and transitional justice; memory studies; the perpetration of atrocity; social theory; and qualitative research methods. Peter continues to work on the Cambodian context; though is also developing research on questions of human rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Peter has presented his research at events such as the Berlin Roundtables on Memory Politics, University of Westminster's 'Spaces of Reckoning' conference, Oxford Transitional Justice Research's seminar series, and the British Sociological Association annual conference. Peter is currently co-editing a book project funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education that brings together Cambodian contributors' analyses of the Khmer Rouge Trials.

Articles, book chapters, commentary

(2014) 'Trials and Tribulations' in The Conversation

(2012) 'Governing memory: Justice, reconciliation and outreach at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia'. Memory Studies. 5 (2)

(2012) "Legitimacy, Power and Memory at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia" in Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice. Palmer, N. P. Clark and D. Granville (Eds). Intersentia.

(2011) “Moving Forward Through Justice” Human Rights and Memory Politics in Justice and Reconciliation Oxford Transitional Justice Research Working Papers on Justice and Reconciliation in Cambodia

Book Reviews

(2012) Human Rights and Memory by Levy, D. and N. Sznaider. 2010. The Pennsylvania State University Press. British Journal of Sociology 63 (3) 


keywords: memory; atrocity; human rights; transitional justice; cambodia

Visitors at the Tuol Seng Museum of Genocide Crimes, Phnom Penh.              (Peter Manning 2008)