‚Building a Feminist Approach to International Criminal Law’, Kirsten Campbell (University of London)
February 21 @ 13:00 – 14:30
In 2015, the Women’s Court for the former Yugoslavia was held in Sarajevo. The Women’s Court was the first women’s court held in Europe, and the first truth commission held in the region of the former Yugoslavia. Established by regional non-governmental organisations to address the perceived failure of international criminal justice, the Women’s Court claimed to be a new feminist approach to justice. What is the relationship between this feminist approach to justice and international criminal law? And how might this feminist approach to justice be the basis for building a feminist approach to international criminal law? This lecture explores these questions, examining the critique of international criminal law and the alternative model of gender justice offered by the Women’s Court. It asks whether how this model might help build a feminist approach to international criminal law.
Kirsten Campbell is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has doctorates from the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics, and has previously practised as a commercial litigation lawyer. She has published extensively in the areas of gender, conflict-related sexual violence, international criminal law, and transitional justice. She was the principal investigator of the European Research Council funded project, ‘The Gender of Justice’, which analysed the prosecution of sexual violence in armed conflict through a case study of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Bosnian court.