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Gender Issues, Stocktaking and the Kampala ICC Review Conference

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Gender issues were very much in evidence at the 1998 Rome Diplomatic Conference during the drafting and adoption of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). For example, difficult discussions surrounded the inclusion of provisions on the selection of a "fair representation of female and male judges", on the crime against humanity and war crime of forced pregnancy; and on the term ‘gender’ itself. Negotiations also took place on provisions related to other crimes against humanity and war crimes of sexual and gender-based violence, as well as on gender-sensitive participation of victims in the proceedings of the Court, victim protection, and composition of the staff of the Registry and the Office of the Prosecutor. Given the number of gender-related provisions, it is not surprising that the Rome Statute has been hailed for its attention to issues of gender. This attention to gender was not as evident at the Review Conference of the Rome Statute in June 2010 in Kampala, Uganda. While nearly all of the issues discussed in Kampala had gendered aspects, gender issues only really came to the fore in the stocktaking exercise, particularly under the theme of “the impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities”. This chapter outlines and examines the discussion of gender issues within the context of the official stocktaking exercise on victims, as well as in related side-events. It looks at gender issues related to the International Criminal Court’s outreach program and the Trust Fund for Victims. It concludes by making recommendations on U.S. engagement with respect to ICC victims issues.


From Beyond Kampala: Next Steps for U.S. Principled Engagement with the International Criminal Court, printed by American Society of International Law, 2010

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