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What Does a Gender Perspective Bring to Crimes Against Humanity Genocide, and War Crimes?

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, LSE

Speakers

Patricia Viseur Sellers

Patricia Viseur Sellers

Visiting Professor in Practice

Akila Radhakrishnan

Akila Radhakrishnan

President of the Global Justice Centre

Chair

Christine Chinkin

Christine Chinkin

Professorial Research Fellow

The event marks the public launch of the Gendered Peace project which is funded by the European Research Council. 

In 2014 the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched its Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes to strengthen “expertise and commitment to the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes”.  Notwithstanding this ambition, five years on, the Court’s track record remains disappointing and it would appear that much more work must be done.  

This event is designed to open up a discussion on the multi-dimensional nature of the core categories of international offences through a gender perspective to evaluate progress, identify setbacks and explore future options.  What does a gender analysis add to our understanding of these offences?  How can international criminal law better deliver on gender justice?

The Gendered Peace project will interrogate concepts of gender within contemporary forms of violence and map the nature of gendered violence in different spaces and manifestations over time. 

Speakers

Patricia Viseur Sellers is an international criminal lawyer.  She is the Special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Patricia is a Visiting Professor in Practice with the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College of the University of Oxford where she teaches international criminal law and human rights law.  Patricia was the Legal Advisor for Gender, Acting Head of the Legal Advisory Section and a prosecutor at the Yugoslav (ICTY) Tribunal from 1994 until February 2007.  She developed the legal strategies and was a member of the trial teams of Akayesu, Furundzija, and Kunarac.  Patricia advises governments, such as Colombia, Guatemala, Libya, and Kenya, international institutions, such as the UN and OSCE, and civil society organisations on international criminal law and humanitarian law.  She has been a Special Legal Consultant to UNWomen, to the Gender and Women’s Rights Division of the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and to the Secretary’s General’s Special Representative to Children in Armed Conflict.

Akila Radhakrishnan is the President of the Global Justice Center. She directs GJC’s strategies and efforts to establish legal precedents protecting human rights and ensuring gender equality. In 2010, Akila helped to conceptualize GJC’s Abortion Access in Conlfict program to ensure access to abortion services for girls and women raped in war as a matter of right. She has authored numerous shadow reports, legal briefs and advocacy documents and provided legal expertise to domestic and international stakeholders and policymakers, including the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, the European Union and state governments. Akila has been published widely on issues of international law, gender equality and human rights, including in the New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, Women Under Siege, Ms. Magazine, and Rewire.

Prior to the Global Justice Center, she has worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, DPK Consulting and Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP. Akila received her J.D. with a concentration in international law from the University of California, Hastings and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from the University of California, Davis.

Christine Chinkin CMG FBA is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she leads three major projects: ‘A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security’ funded by the AHRC, ‘Gendered Peace’ funded by the ERC and the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub. Christine was Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security from 2015-2018. She has been a consultant or advisor to UN bodies on a range of issues including human trafficking gender-based persecution in armed conflict, peace agreements and gender and violence against women. Christine was a member of the UN fact-finding missions to Gaza in 2007 (Beit Hanoun) and 2009 (the Goldstone Report). She was scientific advisor to the Council of Europe Committee that drafted the Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the 'Istanbul Convention'). Christine is a Fellow of the British Academy, a barrister and an academic member of Matrix Chambers. She was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to advancing women's human rights worldwide.

 

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