Thematic Investigations and Prosecution of International Sex Crimes: Some Critical Comments from a Theoretical and Comparative Perspective
In M. Bergsmo (ed.), Thematic Prosecution of International Sex Crimes, Beijing 2012, 291-315
26 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2012
Date Written: July 3, 2012
The increasing awareness with regard to sexual violence in situations of armed conflict brings up several challenges and questions on best investigative practices. Thematic investigations may offer a suitable approach, but they have to be refined taking into account theoretical considerations and comparative experiences. With this aim in mind, the present paper proceeds in a threefold manner. In the introduction, three points are set out regarding what we know for sure amounts to sex crimes. In the second part, the possibly still existing disproportion between the number of sex crimes and investigations is addressed and explanations attempted. In the third and last part, the concept of thematic investigations/prosecutions is defined and justifications for a so defined concept are presented.
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