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The Prosecution Of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Sexual violence has been a widespread feature of contemporary conflicts. How to provide justice for these harms has now become a highly visible issue. Are we witnessing a new age of accountability for gender harms in conflict, as its advocates claim? Or does international criminal justice reproduce existing gender inequalities, as its critics argue? Is it ‘gender’ justice or gendered justice?

The Gender of Justice (GoJ) project studies the ‘gender’ of international justice for sexual violence in armed conflict. Working at the intersection of law, sociology, feminist and transitional justice scholarship, the research programme develops a new field of inquiry to move past the disparate disciplinary problems that have dominated the study of the prosecution of sexual violence in war. It does this by building an innovative and practical ‘gender justice’ research framework that engages with the thoroughly social nature of ‘gender justice’. The multidisciplinary research team builds this framework by undertaking a unique mixed-method case study of international prosecutions of war-time sexual violence before the ICTY, and national prosecutions before the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BWCC).

Funded by the European Research Council and established by the European Commission.