Transitional Justice for Male Victims of Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence?

International Journal of Rule of Law, Transitional Justice and Human Rights, Forthcoming

Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 16-16

13 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2016

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Philipp Schulz

Ulster University at Jordanstown, Transitional Justice Institute, Students

Date Written: September 15, 2016

Abstract

Globally, conflict-related “sexual violence is committed against men more frequently than is often thought” (Sivakumaran 2007). However, this growing attention has not yet translated into sufficient policies or transitional justice instruments for male sexual violence victims. Only very limited research specifically analyzes justice and accountability for male victims of sexual violence. Throughout this restricted body of literature, a heavy emphasize is placed on retributive justice and judicial accountability. Such a narrow focus, however, risks ignoring other potential transitional justice mechanisms which may theoretically offer redress and accountability for male victims.

Against this backdrop, this paper proposes to discuss some of the challenges male victims of SGBV face in accessing justice and legal protection. Moreover, the paper argues to consider non- or semi-judicial transitional justice mechanisms to provide redress for male victims of sexual violence, and calls for victim-centric empirical research to establish male victims’ perspectives with regards to transitional justice.

Keywords: Gender, masculinity, transitional justice, sexual violence

Suggested Citation

Schulz, Philipp, Transitional Justice for Male Victims of Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence? (September 15, 2016). International Journal of Rule of Law, Transitional Justice and Human Rights, Forthcoming; Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 16-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2839320

Philipp Schulz (Contact Author)

Ulster University at Jordanstown, Transitional Justice Institute, Students ( email )

Antrim
United Kingdom

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