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Institute of Advanced Study

Rethinking Rape Law Conference

2nd-3rd July 2008

Calman Learning Centre

On the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda's ground-breaking Akayesu judgment, an international conference is being held in Durham University to rethink rape law from national, international and European perspectives. The conference will debate rape law reform at the national level, examine the different policies and practices across Europe and consider recent developments in international law and policy. It will ask, how crucial are women judges, lawyers and activists to securing lasting change?

The conference will be opened by Judge Navanethem Pillay, of the International Criminal Court and formerly of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, who will reflect on the part she played in securing, in Akayesu, the first international conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity based on rape. Other key speakers include Professor Catharine MacKinnon, a scholar and activist of global renown who has been one of the most important and influential commentators on the Akayesu judgment, as well as on sexual violence generally, Jessica Neuwirth of Equality Now, Prof Karen Engle of Texas University, the Solicitor General Vera Baird QC MP and Prof Liz Kelly of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.

For further details please see Rethinking Rape Law Conference Webpage