School of Transnational Governance

Digital Dialogues Series addresses national accountability for sexual violence in conflict

Together with the UN Team of Experts and other renowned academic institutions, the School of Transnational Governance launched a new webinar series on national efforts to address impunity for conflict-related sexual violence.

The Digital Dialogue Series is hosted by the UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration at the Institute for Public Health,Washington University, in collaboration with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and the European ’s University Institute's School of Transnational Governance (STG).

The initiative celebrates the launch of a Special Issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice, marking the first of a comprehensive webinar series addressing national accountability to tackle sexual violence in conflict. The Digital Dialogues aim to bring together scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to advance the debate on the issue in an effort to identify future actions to address the related challenges.

The inaugural webinar kicked off successfully with over 900 registered participants and hundreds of people following the discussion on Facebook Live. From September 2020, a total of six webinars will follow on a monthly basis. All events will be live streamed and made available for academic and training purposes.

A driving force behind this initiative and its implementation is  Prof. Ruth Rubio Marín, who leads the work of the STG's Gender Governance area.  Professor Rubio Marìn will moderate the January 2021 panel on “The Importance of Label: the political and normative need to prosecute slavery in the 21st century”.

More information on the series and the recording of the first webinar can be found on the dedicated Digital Dialogues Series webpage.

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