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TLI Seminar Series: Dr Holly Porter 'Justice after rape in northern Uganda'

Location
SW1.18 (Somerset House East Wing) Strand Campus
Category
Lecture
When
16/10/2017 (17:00-19:00)
Registration URL
http://bit.ly/2j07lm2
Description
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Holly Porter is a Research Fellow in the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship with the Institute of Development Policy and Management (University of Antwerp) and the Conflict Research Group (Ghent University). Dr. Porter’s research has focused on gender, sexualities, violence, and local notions of healing and justice in northern Uganda where she has lived for more than ten years. Previously, she has worked in South Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, and Palestine in the fields of access to justice, gender-based violence, transitional justice, peacebuilding and human rights. 

This semester the Transnational Law Seminar Series will explore the shifts in the locus of criminal accountability for international and transnational crimes. In international criminal law, there are notable moves towards domestic and regional criminal courts and a recent re-introduction of the potential for hybrid criminal courts in Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. At the same time, the debates around who should have to account for their actions are broadening with states, corporations and shareholders included in a frame that has historically focused on senior military, political and religious leaders. This seminar series explores the changes that are happening in the law and interrogates the specific actors involved in these shifts in the location of criminal accountability. It includes lawyers, anthropologists, political scientists and journalists in a wide-ranging exchange on the actors, norms and processes at play.

Speaker: Dr Holly Porter (London School of Economics)

Title: ‘Justice after rape in northern Uganda’ 

Abstract: After Rape: Violence justice and social harmony in Uganda

Following the ICC intervention in 2005, Northern Uganda has been at the heart of international justice debates. The emergent controversy, however, missed crucial aspects of Acholi realities: that the primary moral imperative in the wake of wrongdoing was not punishment but, instead, the restoration of social harmony. Drawing upon abundant fieldwork and in-depth interviews with almost 200 women, Holly Porter examines issues surrounding wrongdoing and justice, and sexual violence and rape among the Acholi people in Northern Uganda. This intricate exploration offers evidence of a more complicated and nuanced explanation of rape and its aftermath, suggesting a re-imagining of the meanings of post-atrocity justice, whilst acknowledging the role of sex, power and politics in all sexual experiences between coercion and consent.  

 


 

Biography

Holly Porter is a Research Fellow in the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship with the Institute of Development Policy and Management (University of Antwerp) and the Conflict Research Group (Ghent University). Dr. Porter’s research has focused on gender, sexualities, violence, and local notions of healing and justice in northern Uganda where she has lived for more than ten years. Previously, she has worked in South Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, and Palestine in the fields of access to justice, gender-based violence, transitional justice, peacebuilding and human rights.

 

 

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