Joanna Buckley speaks at Conference on Reproductive Violence in International Criminal Law


Photo by Marina Riera on Human Rights Watch

Joanna Buckley was invited to speak at an international conference in The Hague on “Reproductive Violence in International Criminal Law” on 11 June 2024. The event was organised by, inter alia, the International Institute of Social Studies, the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, and The University of Sydney.

The conference brought together legal practitioners, scholars, activists, and survivors to engage in a comprehensive exploration of reproductive violence, its adjudication within the existing international criminal law framework, and to explore the need for potential legal reform. Joanna addressed the use of reproductive violence by the Khmer Rouge regime and the approach adopted by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to those crimes.

Joanna is a leading practitioner in International Criminal Law, with a particular focus on conflict-related sexual violence. She has recently been involved in a ground-breaking application to the UN Committee against Torture on behalf of five Yazidi women who were kidnapped, enslaved and tortured by ISIS.

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