Transformative Reparations for Sexual Violence Crimes in Conflict Settings: Building New Conceptual Frameworks

On Tuesday, 12 May 2015, the Australian Human Rights Centre, in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law hosted a roundtable workshop, entitled “Transformative Reparations for Sexual Violence Crimes in Conflict Settings: Building New Conceptual Frameworks”. The workshop was organised as part of an Australian Research Council funded research project led by Prof Louise Chappell, Prof Andrea Durbach and Assoc Prof Sarah Williams which is investigating the capacity of international criminal justice mechanisms to address sexual violence post-conflict via the design and implementation of ‘transformative’ reparations.

The workshop brought together international and Australian experts on gender violence in conflict settings, transitional justice and reparations to explore the concept of ‘transformation’ and the role and limitations of international justice tribunals in impeding or assisting the transformation of the structural conditions that enable violence during and post-conflict. Keynote speaker, A/Prof Frédéric Mégret, Faculty of Law McGill University, Canada considered some of the challenges that limit the ICC’s capacity to award reparations, New-York based Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Director, Liesl Gerntholz spoke about the challenges of documenting sexual violence against women in conflict settings and legal adviser on international justice at Amnesty International, Jonathan O’Donohue considered innovative approaches to realising the ICC reparations mandate. Case studies discussed included South Africa, Cambodia and Timor Leste and participants also provided multidisciplinary perspectives on the design and content of reparations, including psycho-social responses and theatre as a form of symbolic reparation.


Download the agenda here.

Download participant's biographies here.