2009 ILSA Spring Conference- Washington, D.C.


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50 Years of the Jessup: Reflections on the Past, Visions of the Future

Post-Conflict Obligations of States: Gender-based violence during conflicts and the consequences for such crimes under international law.

Thursday, March 26 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm


Andrea Friedman, Senior Counsel, Global Justice Center

Katherine Gallagher, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

Vasuki Nesiah, Director of International Affairs, Brown University

Moderator: Megan Sheffer, ILSA Student Vice-President

Summary of Panel:

Rape as war tactic and sexual slavery have been a part several major recent conflicts, including those in Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and now in Sudan and Congo. This panel will discuss the 2003 Jessup Problem which focused on violence against women during and after violent conflict. The panel will answer the following questions: What legal consequences exist for the use of systematic rape as a war tactic? After a conflict ends, if the winning party grants amnesty to the rapists, is that amnesty upheld under international law? What are the legal consequences when a country exploits vulnerable communities by engaging in human trafficking and sexual slavery? What responsibilities do states have to prevent, discourage, or punish systematic violence against women during and after violent conflict?

Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037

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March 25, 2009