SAIFAC invites you to submit an abstract for a paper on International Law and Justice for Victims of the Gross Human Rights Violation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, a conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27 – 29 November 2019. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 March 2019 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The conference is co-organised and supported by: SAIFAC (the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law), a Centre of the University of Johannesburg; SARCIL (the South African Research Chair in International Law); and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa.
The central question of the conference is whether the international legal framework currently adequately addresses sexual and gender-based violence by achieving justice for its countless victims. The focus of the conference will be on the achievement of justice for victims based on three main themes, namely accountability (individual criminal prosecution and state responsibility); reparation for victims; and the positive role that international law can play in addressing the culture of denial and social stigma attached to these violations, and in restoring the dignity of its victims.