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Peacekeeper or Perpetrator? CSDRG event

Franklin Wilkins Building 1.10
22/01/2018 (12:30-14:00)
Chair: Dr Christine Cheng
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UN peacekeeping operations are aimed at protecting civilians within the most fragile, low-income countries, and are supported by a broad network of UN agencies, funds and programmes. A small minority of the hundreds of thousands of UN personnel involved in those operations perpetrate sexual exploitation and abuse. Although this issue has received significant attention in recent years – from the UN, the media, academics, and civil society – few concrete steps have been taken that provide interventions to prevent or respond to the myriad of problems identified. This project takes one aspect of the problem, and provides context-specific practical mechanisms to improve prevention, protection and safeguarding of children.


Rosa Freedman is the inaugural Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development at the University of Reading. She received her LLB, LLM and PhD from the University of London and is a member of Gray’s Inn. Freedman’s research focuses on the UN and human rights, in particular the impact of politics upon the creation and protection of international human rights law. She has published extensively on the UN human rights bodies and on UN peacekeeping and accountability for human rights abuses committed during such operations, including two monographs, two co-edited collections, and articles in American Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law and Human Rights Quarterly, amongst others. She frequently appears in international and national media, works closely with the UN and with state governments and sits on the advisory boards of international NGOs. Freedman is a member of Research Council peer-review colleges, the Academic Council of the United Nations, the European Society of International Law, and the Society of Legal Scholars.

Sarah Blakemore is director of Keeping Children Safe, a global organisation that works with thousands of organisations in nearly every country in the world to safeguard all children from exploitation, abuse and violations of their human rights. As a result of that work, some 134 million children each year are now better protected from exploitation and abuse. Sarah has worked for the Campaign to Ban Landmines-Cluster Munition Coalition, End water Poverty, Oxfam, and Save the Children, amongst others. She is an advocacy and communications specialist with extensive experience of civil society capacity-building and strategic leadership to integrate a range of tactics: research, policy analysis, lobbying, coalition-building, communications, and mobilising capabilities to deliver policy change. Sarah has worked with all types of relevant stakeholders, from policymakers in international institutions and state governments, through to grassroots organisations in nearly every country across the world."

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