The hidden dangers of conspiracy theories

9 November 2020

“Those who can make you believe absurdities; can make you commit atrocities” (Voltaire). When reading about the Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide it is difficult to understand how such events could ever have taken place. How can a society turn on a particular group and send them to death camps? How can neighbours kill each other after living in harmony for years?

Claire Boost

Claire M. H. Boost is a PhD Candidate within the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University, researching the legitimisation strategies developed and implemented by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Alongside her research, Claire teaches two courses: International Criminal Law and 'Atrocity Triangle' (the supranational criminology of gross human rights violations); and supervises bachelor and master theses on topics related to international criminal law, transitional justice, supranational criminology and the criminal justice system in Rwanda. Furthermore, Claire serves on the Board of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights and is a member of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Researchers.