Accountability for conflict-related sexual violence in Sri Lanka by Priya Gopalan

Guest blogger Priya Gopalan explores the need for accountability for conflict-related sexual violence in Sri Lanka. Priya is a former ICTY prosecutor who now works as a human rights and international law practitioner specialising in gender issues. Priya’s blog highlights strategies for promoting the successful prosecution of conflict-related sexual violence at the domestic level and includes guidance from experience at the international level in prosecuting these crimes.

Expert peer-to-peer meeting in The Hague on investigating and prosecuting conflict-related sexual violence

On 31 May 2016, the Prosecuting Conflict-related Sexual Violence (PSV) Network, in conjunction with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and The Hague Institute for Global Justice, is organising a peer-to-peer discussion with the aim of connecting practitioners from different jurisdictions in and around The Hague dealing with conflict-related sexual violence crimes. Invitees include practitioners from international criminal courts and tribunals and international and national organisations and other actors involved in the investigation and prosecution of conflict-related atrocities. The meeting is an initial step to building an enduring network of prosecutors and other relevant practitioners, facilitated by the PSV Network.

Publication and launch of the book “Prosecuting Sexual Violence before the ICTY” (OUP, April 2016)

The peer-to-peer meeting will be followed at 18.30h on 31 May 2016 by a public launch at The Hague Institute for Global Justice of the publication of the book “Prosecuting Sexual Violence before the ICTY”, documenting the experience and fundamental insights of the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor in prosecuting these crimes over the past two decades. The launch includes a panel discussion about strategies for addressing challenges to prosecuting conflict-related sexual violence drawing on insights from the ICTY OTP legacy process.