Public Lecture - Spheres of Harm: An Exploration of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence against Men - Dr Chris Dolan
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A Public Lecture hosted by the John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace, Professor Brandon Hamber.
The current dominant approach to ending sexual violence in conflict, focuses on prosecution of perpetrators with a view to ending impunity. But has it demonstrated significant impact on the phenomenon? This lecture, through an exploration of conflict-related sexual violence against men, highlights some major practical, conceptual and disciplinary challenges to this model. Professor Chris Dolan proposes an alternative approach to thinking about sexual violence in conflict which, he argues, can also have a major impact on enhancing progressive models of gender justice.
Chris Dolan is Director of the Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University in Uganda, and a Visiting Professor at Ulster University’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) and Transitional Justice Institute. He is best known for his work in drawing international attention to the phenomenon of conflict related sexual violence against men and boys in the Great Lakes region of sub-Saharan, and for challenging humanitarian systems to adopt more inclusive approaches to gender programming, as well as more holistic and comprehensive investigations into sexual violence against men as a war crime, crime against humanity and genocide. In addition to media coverage (e.g. BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, The Independent etc.), this work is reflected in numerous films, documentaries, published articles and guest lectures.