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Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY

Edited by Baron Serge Brammertz, Michelle Jarvis

Abstract

Sexual violence directed at both females and males is a reality in many conflicts throughout the world today, but accountability for the perpetrators of such violence remains the exception rather than the rule. While awareness of the problem grows, more effective approaches are urgently needed for the investigation and prosecution of conflict-related sexual violence crimes. Upon its establishment in 1993, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) began the challenging task of prosecuting the perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence crimes, alongside the many other atrocities committed during the conflicts there. This book documents the experiences, achievements, challenges, and fundamental insights of the OTP in prosecuting conflict-related sexual violence crimes at the ICTY over the past two decades. It draws on an extensive dossier of OTP documentation, court filings, trial exhibits, testimony, ICTY judgments, and other materials, as well as interviews with current and former OTP staff. The book provides a unique analytical perspective on the obstacles faced in prioritizing, investigating, and prosecuting conflict-related sexual violence crimes. 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. The book presents concrete recommendations to inform future work being done at national and international levels, including that of the International Criminal Court (ICC), international investigation commissions, and countries developing transitional justice processes.

Bibliographic Information

Baron Serge Brammertz, editor

Michelle Jarvis, editor


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Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY edited by Brammertz, Baron Serge; Jarvis, Michelle (1st April 2016)