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Deploying Justice: Strategic Accountability for Wartime Sexual Violence

Loken, M; Lake, M; Cronin-Furman, K; (2018) Deploying Justice: Strategic Accountability for Wartime Sexual Violence. International Studies Quarterly , 62 (4) pp. 751-764. 10.1093/isq/sqy039.

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Abstract

Why do governments and militaries publicly condemn and prosecute particular forms of abuse? This article explores the Sri Lankan government's decision to promote limited legal accountability for state-perpetrated rape committed in a country otherwise renowned for widespread impunity. We argue that rather than representing a turn against impunity, the symbolic stance against conflict-related sexual violence in a small number of high-profile cases served an explicitly politico-military agenda. The state deployed legal accountability in specific cases to garner political legitimacy among key domestic audiences. The Sri Lankan government drew on the symbolism of female victimhood to mobilize support at a time when support for military counterinsurgency was waning. We show that governments can uniquely instrumentalize sexual violence cases to establish moral authority and territorial legitimacy. Through an examination of the domestic legal response to state-perpetrated human rights abuses, we illustrate the many ways in which women's bodies—and the law—can be mobilized in war to serve military ends.

Type: Article
Title: Deploying Justice: Strategic Accountability for Wartime Sexual Violence
DOI: 10.1093/isq/sqy039
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/isq/sqy039
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10065527
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