Rape, Sexual Violence and Transitional Justice Challenges: Lessons from Bosnia Herzegovina, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Rape, Sexual Violence and Transitional Justice Challenges

Lessons from Bosnia Herzegovina, 1st Edition

By Janine Natalya Clark

Routledge

243 pages

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It is estimated that 20,000 people were subjected to rape and other forms of sexual violence during the 1992–1995 Bosnian war. Today, these men and women have been largely forgotten. Where are they now? To what extent do their experiences continue to affect and influence their lives, and the lives of those around them? What are the principal problems that these individuals face? Such questions remain largely unanswered. More broadly, the long-term consequences of conflict-related rape and sexual violence are often overlooked. Based on extensive interviews with male and female survivors from all ethnic groups in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), this interdisciplinary book addresses a critical gap in the current literature on rape and sexual violence in conflict situations. In so doing, it uniquely situates and explores the legacy of these crimes within a transitional justice framework. Demonstrating that transitional justice processes in BiH have neglected the long-term effects of rape and sexual violence, it develops and operationalizes a new holistic approach to transitional justice that is based on an expanded conception of ‘legacy’ and has a wider application beyond BiH.

Table of Contents

List of figures Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Setting the Foundations 1. Rape and Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Historical Overview 2. The Long-Term Effects of Rape and Sexual Violence: A Legacy Gap 3. Survivors of War Rape and Sexual Violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Long-Term Psychological Effects and Contributory Contextual Stressors 4. The Wider Impact of War Rape and Sexual Violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Survivors and their Families 5. Prosecuting Crimes of Rape and Sexual Violence: Macro Developments, Micro Realities 6. Reparations, Rape and Sexual Violence: Developments and Setbacks in Bosnia- Herzegovina 7. Transitional Justice and Survivors’ Long-Term Needs: Mapping and Operationalizing a New Holistic Approach Conclusion: Final Reflections Index

About the Author

Janine Natalya Clark is a Reader in Gender, International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice at the University of Birmingham, UK.

About the Series

Transitional Justice

The study of transitional justice has emerged as one of the most diverse and intellectual exciting developments in the social sciences in the last two decades. From its origins in human rights activism and comparative political science the field is increasingly characterised by its geographic and disciplinary breadth. Routledge’s Transitional Justice series publishes innovative work across a range of disciplines working on transitional justice related topics: including law, sociology, criminology, psychology, anthropology, political science, development studies and international relations.

The series includes titles which address larger theoretical questions on transitional justice, including the intersection of notions such as justice, truth, accountability, impunity and the construction of transitional justice knowledge. It also contains critical and theoretically informed empirical work on the workings of institutions such as truth commissions, community based reconciliation, victim empowerment, ex-combatant demobilisation, or regional discussions on practical programmes in particular areas. Finally, the series covers the legal aspects of transitional justice; although, avoiding dry, overly technical or dull legal texts, it specialises in a style of legal scholarship that reflects the energy and vitality of this exciting field.

For further details on the series please contact the Series Editor.

Kieran McEvoy

Professor of Law and Transitional Justice

School of Law

Queens University Belfast

BT7 1NN

44 (0) 2890973873

k.mcevoy@qub.ac.uk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW051000
LAW / International
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
POL061000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOC051000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
SOC060000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sexual Abuse & Harassment