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Hazel Cameron


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Hazel Cameron is a lecturer within the School of International Relations and current Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. She was awarded her PhD at the University of Liverpool in December 2009 and thereafter commissioned by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) to undertake a scoping exercise of the prevalence of trafficking of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Glasgow. She took up her current post at the University of St Andrews in February 2011. Her previous teaching experience was within the School of Law, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, the Department of Politics, University of Stirling and the Department of Applied Social Science also at the University of Stirling where she taught 'crimes of the powerful', and 'social science research methods'.

Hazel Cameron is affiliated to the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), a community of scholars working to advance current understandings of state crime.The International State Crime Initiative is based at King's College London and partnered with University of Hull, University of Ulster and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.





IR2005: MA Theoretical approaches to International Relations (Lectures in Postcolonialism)

IR2006: MA Issues in International Relations (Lectures in Definitions and Theory of State Crime)

IR3035: MA Peace Processes and Violence

IR3050: MA State, Power, Crime

IR5003: M.Litt Regional Security (RSCT: Africa)

IR5151: M.Litt Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies  (Lectures Cultures of Violence)

IR5727: M.Litt Civil War, Genocide and Transformation: Rwanda





Main research interests include state crime; global elite bystanders; state and corporate complicity in political violence; torture; genocide; war crimes; and crimes against humanity. Area of particular research interest is sub-Saharan Africa.

Hazel's current research is a study of 'Impunity in Harare', which focuses on state crimes within the borders of Zimbabwe committed by various actors during the period spanning the British self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia (1953 -1965); the period of independence, civil war and the government of Ian Smith in Rhodesia; post-independence Zimbabwe and the government of Robert Mugabe (1980-1999); economic challenges, hyperinflation, farm invasions, and electoral violence (1999-2008). A field trip to Zimbabwe in November/December2011 revealed visible ethnic tensions in Matabeleland arising from impunity and lack of recognition of the state crimes of Gukuruhundi  1983-1987. 

Hazel has written a monograph of her doctoral research titled Britain's Hidden Role in the Rwandan Genocide which is a systematic and detailed socio-legal analysis of the policies of the British Government towards civil unrest in Rwanda throughout the 1990s, culminating in genocide in 1994.


Cameron, H., (2012), Britain's Hidden Role in the Rwandan Genocide: The Cat's Paw, London, Routledge

The book has been nominated for the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Hart Book Prize 2014.


Cameron, H., (2012), 'British State Complicity in Genocide: Rwanda 1994' State Crime Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1

Cameron, H., (2012), 'J. Stearns, Dancing in The Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great Wars of Africa', State Crime, 1:2

Cameron, H., (2011), 'Germany's Genocide of the Herero: Kaiser Wilhelm II, His General, His Settlers, His Soldiers by Jeremy Sarkin', The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 100: 416  

Cameron, H., (2010), ‘The Hidden Role of Britain in Rwandan State Violence’, Criminal Justice Matters, 82

Book Chapters

Cameron, H., (2012), ‘International Actor’s and The Scramble for Congo’s Riches’, in Scarnecchia, T., and Flaschka, M.J., (eds), Politics of Instability: Sexual Violence, Political Corruption, and International Complicity in the Democratic Republic of Congo’, Kent, Kent State University Press


Sub-Honours Adviser to the Faculty of Arts 

Collaborations and Studies Abroad Coordinator, School of International Relations

Editorial Positions

Editorial Advisory Board, State Crime Journal

Editorial Advisory Board, Genocide Studies International 


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