Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective

 

Since the International Criminal Court (ICC) was first mooted in the 1990s, gender-oriented scholars and activists have been interested, and involved. These actors successfully campaigned for the inclusion of sexual violence crimes in the ICC Statute, along with provisions aimed at protecting victims’ rights and securing a gender balance on the bench. In the Court’s first decade of operations, these same actors have been closely monitoring the implementation of the gender elements of the Statute. They lobbied former Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to pursue sex crimes in the Court’s early cases, and have strongly supported his successor, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, in her stated goal of focusing on these crimes during her time in office. 

While these gendered reflections on the ICC have been important and fruitful, there is further scope for a wider focus and greater nuance. It is troubling to observe gender justice scholars and activists using the…

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