Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Go On! "Reforming Laws on Sexual Violence"

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia of interest.) In October 2000 the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, however the questions surrounding sexual violence and how the law ought to respond in order to both prevent and punish sexual violence continues to be contentious in both the international and domestic legal systems.
On 27 June 2008 the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork (Ireland) will hold a conference entitled "Reforming Laws on Sexual Violence: International Perspectives," at which international and domestic experts will consider questions and issues relating to legal responses to sexual violence. The papers presented will consider the treatment of sexual violence in ad hoc tribunals, sexual violence and peacekeeping, transitional justice and responses to sexual violence, and the reform of the Irish criminal legal system in this relation.
This one-day conference is supported by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and forms part of Ireland’s chair of the Human Security Network. Full conference details, including booking form, are available here. Conference speakers include:

► Judge Teresa Doherty (Special Court for Sierra Leone)
Kelly D. Askin (Open Society Initiative, and an IntLawGrrl)
► Prof. Doris Buss, Carleton University, Canada
Amira Khair Khair, ICC Women/Sudan
Madeleine Rees, Head of Women’s Rights and Gender Unit, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
► Col. Ben Klappe, Military Judge/Judge in the District Court Arnheim/Netherlands Defence Academy
► Lt. Col. Oliver Barbour, Irish Defence Forces (GBV Consortium)
► Prof. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Minnesota/Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster
► Prof. Penny Andrews, Valparaiso University (USA)/La Trobe University (Australia)
► Dr. Milena Pires, Timor-Leste
James Hamilton, Director of Public Prosecutions
► Dr. Tom O’Malley BL, National University of Ireland, Galway
Pauline Walley, Senior Counsel
Details on registration here.

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