Book Launch: Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY with Judith Gardam

 

On 28 October 2016, the AHRCentre hosted the launch of the newly released book Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (OUP 2016) with co-editor Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The book documents the experiences, achievements, challenges, and fundamental insights of the Office of the Prosecutor in investigating and prosecuting conflict-related sexual violence crimes at the ICTY over the past two decades. While ICTY has made great strides in developing international criminal law in this area, this volume exposes the pressing need for determined and increasingly sophisticated strategies in order to overcome the ongoing obstacles in prosecuting conflict-related sexual violence crimes.

Prof. Louise Chappell, on behalf of the AHRCentre, was delighted to welcome international law expert, Emeritus Professor Judith Gardam, University of Adelaide, to provide her remarks on the edited volume. Prof. Gardam stated: “Michelle Jarvis and her colleagues’ work at the Tribunal has quite simply changed the world and we can see from this book how they achieved this against the odds. No longer can those involved in armed conflict regard gender-based violence as part of the price of doing business, as the spoils of war or just boys being boys. They can no longer feel confident that despite some public posturing at the end of the day impunity remains the norm. Michelle and her colleagues should be congratulated on what they have achieved and is so vividly brought to life in this book.”

Read the full remarks by Prof. Judith Gardam on the book Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY (Eds Baron Serge Brammertz and Michelle Jarvis) by clicking here. 

 
 

Acknowledgement

This Workshop is linked to an Australian Research Council Discovery Project: DP 140102274. For more information on this research, please visit: http://www.ahrcentre.org/topics/transformative-reparations-combat-sexual-violence-against-women-post-conflict-settings