Sexual Violence and Victims' Rights Colloquium

Programme Hague Colloquium II

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
(Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken)
Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, The Hague
(A three minute walk from the Hague Central Station)
Admission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be by advance registration only. Please bring your passport or identity card.
Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Campus The Hague, Leiden University
Kantoren Stichthage
Koningin Julianaplein 10
(at the Hague Central Station)
 2595 AA Den Haag

Causes and responses to systematic sexual violence, and the rights and perspectives of victims, will be the focus of the Second Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Systematic Sexual Violence. The colloquium seeks to capture and to assess:

•    New evidentiary techniques to assist the ICC Prosecutor and Court to reach high level officials responsible for systematic sexual violence
•    Causal analysis of when systematic sexual violence can be predicted to occur
•    Updates on the latest developments in international criminal law on systematic sexual violence
•    Who are victims and how do they obtain relief
•    How can awareness be raised and post-conflict remedies obtained by national and international organizations

The colloquium will bring together a diverse group of participants, including ICC, international and national court officials and personnel; national fieldworkers; government officials; academic specialists; those working with victims, NGOs, journalists, medical personnel, and activists.

DAY 1, 7 April 2011
Venue: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

(09:30) Opening Session

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs (invited)

(10:30) Session I: Causes of Systematic Sexual Violence
If sexual violence arises in quite different political situations, does that affect the expression or severity of the violence? Do causes of violence influence responses to it, whether domestic or international?
Chair and Discussant:
     Terence Halliday
     Co-Director, Center on Law and Globalization
     American Bar Foundation

Darfur: Race-based violence
     Wenona Rymond-Richmond
     University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Iraq: Religious-invoked violence
     John Hagan
     Northwestern University and Center on Law and Globalization

Democratic Republic of Congo
     Lynn Lawry
     U.S. Department of Defense and Harvard University

Rwanda: Race based conflict
    Jens Meierhenrich
    London School of Economics


(13:00) Session II: Developments from the Field on Addressing Systematic Sexual Violence

Chair and Discussant:
      To be announced

Nature of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic and ICC Charging Practices
     Mariana Goetz
     Director of Programs
     REDRESS Trust
The South Kivu Mobile Gender Justice Court
     Kelly Askin
     Senior Legal Officer, International Justice
     Open Society Justice Initiative

(14:30) Session III: Updates from the Hague Tribunals and Courts
Since the first Colloquium on Sexual Violence as International Crime in 2009, have there been important convictions on charges related to violence against women? Has the law expanded or contracted its ability to bring charges on grounds of crimes against humanity or genocide? Have there been other developments?

Chair and Discussant:
      To be announced
Michelle Jarvis
    Senior Legal Adviser to the Prosecutor
    International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Justice Teresa A. Doherty
    Special Court for Sierra Leone

Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito
     International Criminal Court

(16:00) Session IV: New Evidentiary Standards for International Tribunals
Can pattern evidence reach political and military instigators of violence against women? Are new types of evidence, from social and forensic sciences, likely to ease burdens of proof for indictments and convictions? 

Chair, Discussant, and Panel to be announced.

(17:30) Concluding Day One Reflections

Patricia Viseur Sellers
Fellow, Kellogg College
University of Oxford

(19:30) DINNER FOR PANELISTS (by invitation only)
Restaurant Garoeda
Kneuterdijk 18A
The Hague

DAY 2, 8 April 2011
Venue: Grotius Centre, Campus Den Haag, Leiden University

(8:30) Registration Opens

(9:00) Welcome to the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
Carsten Stahn
Programme Director, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
Leiden University

(9:15)  Session V: Victims, Victimhood, Victims Narratives
What does the ‘label’ victim imply? What is the connection between participation and victimhood? What is relief for a victim?

     Carsten Stahn
     Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice, Leiden University
     Programme Director, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

Thanh-Dam Truong
     Women/Gender & Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies Erasmus University of Rotterdam

Renifa Madenga
     Appeals Counsel International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
     Chair of the Sexual Violence Committee
     Former Co-director of the Msasa Project

Marlies Glasius
     Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics
     University of Amsterdam
      Niamh Hayes
     Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, Irish Centre for Human Rights
     Legal Monitoring Consultant, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice


(11:15) Session VI: The Criminal/Civil Dichotomy: Victims’ Reparations in International Criminal Law
How can the court deal with the private law concepts of reparations within the public law setting of criminal law?

      Larissa van den Herik
      Associate Professor of Public International Law
      Leiden University

Pieter de Baan
     Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims
     International Criminal Court

Mia Swart
     Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
     Leiden University

Liesbeth Zegfeld
      Boehler Advocaten and Leiden University

    Christine Schwöbel
    Research Fellow
    Leiden University


(13:30) Session VII:  Participation and Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence in International Criminal Law
What does participation and protection of victims of sexual violence before the ICC and the ECCC entail? What are the challenges and achievements so far? What can the ICC and ECCC learn from each other?

Chair and Discussant:
      Rianne Letschert
      Deputy Director INTERVICT and Professor of Victimology and International Law
      Tilburg University

Participation and protection of victims of sexual violence before the ICC
      Paolina Massidda
      Principal Counsel of the Office of the Public Counsel for Victims, ICC

Participation and protection of victims of sexual violence before the ECCC
      Silke Studzinsky
      Legal Representative for Civil Parties
      Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia


(15:45) Session VIII: Support and Outreach to Victims of Sexual Violence
What kind of support measures and outreach possibilities are available to victims of sexual violence in Kenya and Cambodia? What are the challenges and achievements so far? What can international tribunals learn from past experiences on support and outreach?

Chair and discussant:
     Renée Römkens
     Professor of Interpersonal Violence INTERVICT
     Tilburg University

Support and outreach to victims of sexual violence in Kenya
      Kim Thuy Seelinger
      Director. Sexual Violence and Accountability Project
      University of California at  Berkeley Human Rights Center

Support and outreach to victims of sexual violence in Cambodia
      Duong Savorn
      Project Coordinator
      Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP)

(17:15) Closing Reflections

With the kind support of The Municipality of The Hague

(19:30) DINNER FOR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (by initiation only)
Location to be announced


"No Hiding Place: Politically Motivated Rape of Women in Zimbabwe"
Report produced by the Research and Advocacy Unit [RAU] and the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights [ZADHR] (Dec 2010)

John Hagan, Richard Brooks, Todd J. Haugh

Remembering Leaders in the Sexual Violence as an International Crime Movement
Written by Dr. Kelly Dawn Askin; Senior Legal Officer, International Justice, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York (July 31, 2010)

SAVE THE DATE - An Interdisciplinary Colloquium: 'Systematic Sexual Violence and Victims' Rights'

7-8 April, 2011. The Hague, The Netherlands
A continuation of the discussion at the 2009 interdisciplinary colloquium on Sexual Violence as International Crime, the 2011 colloquium will focus on the causes of systematic sexual violence, institutionalized legal responses, and the rights and perspectives of victims. Specific topics to be addressed are new evidentiary standards for the International Criminal Court, the relative merits of using domestic, hybrid, international, or special courts to try cases of sexual violence; and issues related to the victims of sexual violence - providing protection for victims during legal proceedings, the toll of participating in trials, who is included as a victim and who is not, and reparations and compensation.

For further information, please sign up for program announcements by contacting The Center on Law and Globalization presents links, information and resources related to the Interdisciplinary Colloquia: Sexual Violence as International Crime:
- Sexual Violence as International Crime Colloquia Home Page
- Resources and Provisional Program for the 2011 Hague II Colloquium
- Summary of the 2009 Hague I Colloquium
- Resources from the 2009 Hague I Colloquium
- Center on Law and Globalization SMART LIBRARY on Genocide
For more information please see:
Organized by:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Grotius Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands Organized by the Center on Law and Globalization of the University of Illinois College of Law and the American Bar Foundation, The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Campus The Hague, Leiden University, The International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) and the Department of Criminal Law, Tilburg Law School.

Interdisciplinary approaches towards sexual violence as international crime

Between 16 and 18 June, more than 200 experts and participants from international organisations, the international justice community (Hague courts and tribunals, academia, NGOs) and related fields (aid workers, psychologists, journalists) gathered in The Hague for an interdisciplinary colloquium on Sexual Violence, held at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Grotius Centre and the Peace Palace. The colloquium explored possibilities and challenges concerning the treatment and prosecution of sexual victimisation as international crime. Opening presentations were made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Maxime Verhagen), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Navanethem Pillay), Judge Theodor Meron, Appeals Chamber ICTY/ICTR and the ICC Prosecutor (Luis Moreno-Ocampo).


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