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Sexual Violence in Conflict: What Use is the Law?

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Professor Anne-Marie La Rosa, Senior Diplomatic Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Madeleine Rees, Secretary-General, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Margaret Purdasy, Legal Counsellor, UK Mission in Geneva
Chair: Baroness Patricia Scotland QC, Chair of the Advisory Board and Co-President, Chatham House; Founder and Patron, Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence


Despite widespread international attention and condemnation, sexual violence in armed conflict remains pervasive. At this event, the panel will explore the role of international humanitarian law (IHL) in banning and criminalizing sexual violence in armed conflict, examining the IHL framework and its relationship to human rights law. They will stress the importance of understanding the complex legal framework surrounding this issue, in order to respond effectively to the needs of victims of sexual violence.

The audience is expected to include those working in the area of sexual violence in conflict and gender-based violence from government, NGOs, academia, armed forces and embassies. 

The International Security Department and the International Law Programme are hosting this event in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed. The live stream will be made available at 09:30 GMT on Friday 23 January.