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The Women of Lockerbie, Deborah Baley Brevoort

When we read cases, it can be easy to separate ourselves from the traumatic and emotional aspects of these events. This is especially true in public international law, where cases and responses of international institutions are so-often framed around state actions and not people. Deborah Baley Brevoort’s, The Women of Lockerbie is a play (informed by Greek tragedies) set in the aftermath of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, and it tells a story of the women in Lockerbie and the families of the victims. It raises questions about who we hear from in international law, who international is for, and who is still being ignored.

- Dr Ruth Houghton, Newcastle Law School

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