The Gender Dimension of Transitional Justice Mechanisms

Authored by: Laura C. Turano

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: International Law, Political Transitions, Transitional Justice
Country: Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda
Region: Europe and Eurasia
Year: 2011
Citation: Turano, Laura C. "The Gender Dimension of Transitional Justice Mechanisms." New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 43 (2011): 1045-86.

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Executive Summary

In recent years, violence committed against women during armed conflicts has received considerable attention. The jurisprudence that emerged from the international tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia has been touted by human rights advocates and scholars as monumental progress in the efforts to protect women's rights under international law and to recognize the scope and content of past atrocities. In this paper, I will argue that far from being a panacea, these judicial advancements merely expose the importance of evaluating the gender-sensitivity of transitional justice mechanisms.