Event: Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Conflict – Lessons from International Criminal Tribunals

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For all interested and in Toronto (or nearby!), I have co-organized an event with Valerie Oosterveld at the Munk School of Global Affairs on the prosecution of sexual violence crimes. The event, which would not have been possible without the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant fund, will take place 7 March 2017, from 4-6pm.

The event is headlined by Michelle Jarvis, Deputy to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Linda Bianchi of the Department of Justice, Canada, and Valerie Oosterveld of Western University’s Law Faculty.

Here is the abstract of what promises to be a fascinating and timely event and discussion:

Over the past two decades, international criminal tribunals have adopted groundbreaking judgments convicting individuals for rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage committed during armed conflict and genocide in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere. At the same time, these tribunals have had some very public setbacks, with sexual violence cases dismissed, charges acquitted, and investigations failed. What lessons can be learned from these experiences that can inform future cases at the International Criminal Court and other tribunals?

This session will feature a keynote address by Michelle Jarvis, Deputy to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on her new book, “Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY”. Responses will be provided by Linda Bianchi (formerly of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, now Department of Justice) and Valerie Oosterveld (Western Law) on whether the ICTY’s lessons can be applied on a global scale.

For all interested, please see the events page here. Hope to see some of you there!

Mark

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About Mark Kersten

Mark is a researcher, consultant and teacher based at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on the nexus of international criminal justice and conflict resolution. Specifically, Mark's work examines the politics of the International Criminal Court and the effects of its interventions on peace, justice and conflict processes.
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One Response to Event: Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Conflict – Lessons from International Criminal Tribunals

  1. Mirjana says:

    Would it be possible to follow the sessions via live stream?

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