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Beyond Rape – The evolving concept of ‘sexual violence’ under international criminal law

By Rosemary Grey

University of New South Wales

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Image - ICC

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Image – ICC

In the past two decades the international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda have developed a rich jurisprudence on sexual violence crimes,[1]  and the younger international courts, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone in particular, are beginning to follow suit.  There has also been a move to codify sexual violence crimes under international law, the current high water mark being the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Rome Statute), which entered force in 2002. Continue Reading →