FCO and International Criminal Court gives evidence to committee
1 December 2015
On Tuesday 1 December the House of Lords Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict took evidence from officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the International Criminal Court and senior academics.
Tuesday 1 December in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
- Mr Paul Williams, Director, Multilateral Policy Directorate, FCO
- Mr Tom Woodroffe, Head, Office of the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, FCO
- Mrs Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC)
- Dr Kirsten Campbell, Principal Investigator, Gender of Justice: Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict research project, Goldsmiths, University of London
- Professor Patricia Sellers, Special Adviser, ICC & Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford
- Ms Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Distinguished Fellow, International Law, Chatham House
In the first session the Committee focused on:
- the role of British embassies in implementing the Government's policies on preventing sexual violence in conflict,
- the participation of women in peace negotiations and peacebuilding,
- how the FCO will ensure perpetrators of sexual violence in Iraq and Syria are held accountable.
The second session focused on:
- the challenges associated with investigating and prosecuting sexual violence in conflict,
- why there have been so few prosecutions for sexual violence at the ICC,
- whether the UK's Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) has had an impact on the work of the ICC.
The final session looked at:
- the obstacles to prosecutions of sexual violence in conflict under international criminal law,
- whether further treaty change is required, including a convention on universal jurisdiction is required.