Criminalising Peacekeepers - Modernising National Approaches to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
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“This valuable book offers a bracing perspective on the vexed issue of accountability of UN peacekeepers for sexual exportation and abuse. It pinpoints the weaknesses of the current system and argues persuasively for transnational regulation, with women’s human rights at its centre.” (Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University, Australia)
“Combining deft analysis of international and domestic jurisprudence with a sound understanding of peacekeeping practices in the field and the challenges confronting the global community, this important book sheds new light on the problem of responding to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers. It offers careful and balanced analysis as well as a set of practical steps that could be taken to prevent abuse by holding perpetrators accountable. This book will be welcomed and must be read by both general readers and those that have grappled – thus far unsuccessfully – with this issue for years.” (Professor Alex Bellamy, Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia; Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, New York, USA, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia)
Argues for the ability for states to prevent and punish criminal conduct by their peacekeepers
Draws on aspects of international law (including transitional justice), international relations, criminal law and peace and conflict studies
Melanie O'Brien is a Research Fellow in the TC Beirne School of Law and researcher in the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, The University of Queensland, Australia. She has worked for Anti-Slavery Australia and the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.