Arguments, or the rhetorical construction of truth about historical events, have always lain at the heart of legal trials. In this sense, it is not bare facts in themselves but how they can be assembled into a coherent and convincing narrative that provides the foundation for law’s findings on the truth. However, through the course of the twentieth century, the materials upon which arguments could be built have radically altered. This research sets out to explore mediated evidence, the role of scientific expertise, and the ways in which they combine to create new legal assemblages.

At the same time it argues that the emergence of truth commissions and other transitional justice mechanisms provided alternate forums, which foregrounded the experience of affected communities, created spaces for considering oral traditions, cultural materials, and more-than-human witnesses as compelling evidence of historical wrongs, especially within settle-colonial contexts.

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Aspects of this research was conducted within the framework of Forensic Architecture / ERC.