Resolution 978HD


Using video documentation taken by Finnish policeman Thomas Elfgren, Resolution 978HD focuses on the trial of François Bazaramba, a Rwandan citizen who sought asylum in Finland in 2003, where he was convicted for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In a bizarre geographical inversion, the Finnish trial took place from 2009 to 2010 in improvised courts in Rwanda and Tanzania, with the legal proceedings transmitted to and from Bazaramba’s Helsinki jail cell via Skype and other video conferencing technologies.

Universal jurisdiction, the legal principle by which the trial was conducted, is often presented as a form of “juridical utopia” whereby the most heinous of acts, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, can be tried without regard for national borders. Whereas most universal jurisdiction cases are brought to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Bazaramba trial presents a unique example of a decentered legal process. Its unprecedented use of technology reconfigured the space of law and established an unexpected connection between peripheries.


Model Court:

  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan
  • Sidsel Meineche Hansen
  • Lorenzo Pezzani
  • Oliver Rees

"Resolution 978HD" – Video

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