CCDP seminar series

UN & AU Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse & Exploitation: Regulation & Accountability

Róisín Burke
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Room P1-847, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

The CCDP Research Seminar Series showcases the latest work of CCDP researchers and affiliates, including doctoral candidates at the centre, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members. The Spring 2019 series includes presentations of work at the empirical and theoretical forefront of research exploring the complex relationships between security and development. All seminars take place between 16:15 and 17:30 and will be followed by informal drinks.

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There are numerous legal difficulties with the legal frameworks, policies and systems presently un place to deal with sexual offences by peacekeepers in many contexts. Particular focus to date has been placed on the United Nations. Less considered are the parallel regulatory frameworks operative in the context of peacekeeping done beyond the United Nations by regional organisations. This seminar will trace some of the developments within the UN system in the last few years in response to sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers. The speaker will also speak about some aspects of the developing framework governing African Union peacekeeping personnel.

You can find here the paper behind this presentation published by the Journal of International Peacekeeping. Róisín Burke is intending to expand this research into a larger project in collaboration with the University of Tokyo.

Róisín Burke is currently a Visiting Fellow at the CCDP. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury School of Law. Róisín is an Attorney at Law in New York State. Previously she worked as a Political Advisor at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, and has worked with the international criminal courts. She completed a doctorate at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, University of Melbourne Law School in 2012 on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Military Contingents which was published by Brill in 2012. She holds an LLMin International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Her research interests and recent publications are in the areas of women, peace and security; international humanitarian law; peace operations; rule of law and legal pluralism; and public international law