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Wartime sexual violence as more than collateral damage: Classifying sexual violence as part of a common criminal plan in international criminal law

University of New South Wales Law Journal, The
Volume 40 Issue 1 (2017)

Abstract: In its first final judgment, the International Criminal Court ('ICC') convicted Congolese militia leader, Germain Katanga, for the crimes of murder, directing an attack against a civilian population, destruction of property, and pillaging, committed by members of his militia during an attack on Bogoro village in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ('DRC'). However, Katanga was acquitted of individual responsibility for rape and sexual slavery, found to have been committed by his militia during and in the direct aftermath of the attack, as these crimes were considered to be outside the ethnic cleansing common purpose under which the combatants acted. The Court's failure to connect this sexual violence to Katanga and the objectives of the attack is unsurprising. It reflects the longstanding narrative of wartime sexual violence as an inevitable collateral damage of war - a private act of unbridled male lust, not a tool for the achievement of political and military objectives.

To cite this article: Schwartz, Sarah. Wartime sexual violence as more than collateral damage: Classifying sexual violence as part of a common criminal plan in international criminal law [online]. University of New South Wales Law Journal, The, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2017: 57-88. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=771123959280542;res=IELFSC> ISSN: 0313-0096. [cited 22 Jul 17].

Personal Author: Schwartz, Sarah; Source: University of New South Wales Law Journal, The, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2017: 57-88 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0313-0096 Subject: Criminal jurisdiction; War crimes; Rape; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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