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Recognising Sexual Violence: Developing Pathways to Survivor-Centred Justice


In the political imaginary, the meaning of justice in cases of sexual violence is usually equated with criminal justice. However, research shows that justice for survivors of sexual violence is a more nuanced and complex phenomenon. Taking survivor-centred justice seriously demands the rethinking of different justice mechanisms and the creation of different political, social and legal pathways to justice. To address the “justice deficit” in cases of sexual violence the conference will explore alternative approaches to justice as part of efforts to hold the state and offenders to account.

The conference is open to all and consists of six panels exploring the topic across different themes and regions with a particular emphasis on the Nordic context. A special Nordic workshop will also be held parallel to the conference. Expected results include a Nordic research network on the topic as well as video recordings from the conference for public dissemination.

Updated 28 October 2021