Book launch and conference on ‘Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict’ at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Prof. Louise Chappell attended the book launch and conference on ‘Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict’ at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on 7-8 October 2016.  The Conference sought to explore the following topics: 1) an Overview to the Issues Involved in Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence; 2) sexual Violence in Armed Conflict in the Asian Context; 3) building Bridges between International and National Practitioners; and 4) "Comfort Women": sexual slavery in Asia during World War II.

Prof. Chappell presented on ‘Gender misrecognition in international criminal law.’  Her presentation highlighted that women's experiences of war and conflict have been ignored or marginalised in international law - including in relation to their experiences of sexual and gender-based atrocities. Practices of misrecognition, misrepresentation and maldistribution have carried through to contemporary legal practices, even where new standards have been encoded. Addressing these legacies is key to addressing the gender injustices of law and advancing prosecutions for conflict-related crimes of sexual and gender based violence.

The Conference also featured a keynote address by former ICTY Judge and current ICC Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, and the book launch of Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (OUP 2016), co-edited by ICTY Chief Prosecutor Baron Serge Brammertz.

 

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

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