Legal Note No. 1: Conflict related sexual violence

This legal note considers the key themes and contexts within which conflict related sexual violence occurs. It examines key international legal instruments relevant to this area and explores mechanisms for their implementation. It concludes with suggestions for prevention and proposes further gender-specific ways to ensure legal accountability for crimes.

Keywords: conflict, sexual violence, accountability, impunity, women, peace, security, gender based rights, gender based violations, international criminal law, international human rights law, redress, justice.

Accountability Unit - Legal Note No. 1 - September 2016