Prior to the passage of the Rome Statute in 1998, women’s human rights activists engaged in a campaign to demand prosecution of gender-based crimes in the proposed International Criminal Court. Because of this campaign, the International Criminal Court is the first international criminal justice mechanism that explicitly takes into account gender concerns in both its administrative structure and its general subject matter jurisdiction. The International Criminal Court serves as a symbol of a legal system that takes the concerns and needs of women seriously. Join leading experts and practitioners in international criminal law and feminist jurisprudence for a full day exploration of a deceptively simple question: Has the ICC’s symbolic potential as an institution committed to holding accountable perpetrators of mass sexual and gender-based crimes translated into reality?
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Symposium: Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in the ICC: Translating Promises into Reality
Women and International Law Program and the War Crimes Research Office of the American University Washington College of Law will host a symposium on "Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in the ICC: Translating Promises into Reality," October 14, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Why attend?