IntLawGrrls readers in the Toronto area are warmly invited to attend an upcoming panel discussion on ‘Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Conflict: Lessons from International Criminal Tribunals’. It will take place on March 7, 2017, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility (1 Devonshire Place, Toronto).
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 recent book (co-edited with ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz), Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY. Responses will be provided by Linda Bianchi (formerly of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, now Canadian Department of Justice) and Valerie Oosterveld (University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, Canada) on whether the ICTY’s lessons can be applied on a global scale.
This event is co-organized by the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law and the Munk School of Global Affairs, with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The event is free but attendees should register.