Responses to Conflict-related Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Responses to Conflict-related Sexual and Gender-based Violence

UNSW Australian Human Rights Centre and the Gendered Violence Research Network

6 June 2014

 

The UNSW Australian Human Rights Centre and the Gendered Violence Research Network (a joint initiative of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law), organised a joint Mini-Symposium on Responses to Conflict-related Sexual and Gender-based Violence on 6 June 2014. The workshop showcased the strength of expertise and diversity of scholarship across the University on conflict-related sexual violence by considering the importance of adopting positions that address and link up the spectrum of violence against women both at national and international levels.


The mini-symposium featured three panels. The first panel focused on gender justice and the International Criminal Court (ICC), including presentations on the prosecution of sexual and gender violence crimes at the ICC, the capacity of international(ised) criminal tribunals to award ‘transformative’ reparations, and intersection of stigma related to sexual violence crimes and the justice process. The second panel turned towards criminal justice in the Asia-Pacific region, specifically the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the development of substantive international criminal law regarding sexual violence and the broader quest for justice by survivors of sexual violence. The final panel expanded understandings of justice to other dimensions of security, such as the gender dimensions of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) regime, sexual violence in armed conflict and other humanitarian crises, and engaging men in efforts to address sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Sri Lanka.


While the mini-symposium could not showcase all of the University’s work on conflict-related sexual violence, the conversations and discussions that emerged from the symposium strengthened the links between our researchers and further entrenched UNSW’s growing reputation as a hub for expertise in the field of sexual and gender-based violence at all levels.