Event – CGS Seminar Series – From zero tolerance to zero progress? Analysing UN policy on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers.
From zero tolerance to zero progress? Analysing UN policy on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers
21 April, 2016
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, Room 101
For over ten years, the UN Secretary General has been reporting to the General Assembly on the progress made in implementing the ‘zero tolerance’ policy on sexual exploitation and abuse. These reports document statistics on allegations made against UN peacekeepers. Data is often presented as an impartial reality: “the truth”. This presentation will examine the UN’s use of these statistics and questions about their reliability. It will also consider the role that this UN data plays in relation to efforts to develop new legal arrangements to address sexual exploitation and abuse.
Kate Grady is a Lecturer in Law at SOAS University of London. Kate’s research interests are predominantly in English criminal law, international criminal law and peace and security. Her PhD, entitled ‘Sex, Law and Blue Helmets: Understanding and Addressing the Problem of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Committed by United Nations Military Peacekeepers’, was undertaken with an Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholarship. Kate is a member of the Policy Advisory Group of the United Nations Association UK. Prior to joining SOAS, Kate practised at the bar specialising in criminal defence and human rights cases, and worked for the Law Commission.
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