Feminism and Its (Dis)contents: Criminalizing Wartime Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Engle, Karen. 2005. “Feminism and Its (Dis)contents: Criminalizing Wartime Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” The American Journal of International Law 99 (4): 778–816.

Author: Karen Engle


This article critically examines early feminist debates over the treatment of rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and traces their resonances in the structure and jurisprudence of the ICTY. Observing that problematic assumptions about ethnic identity and women's sexual and political agency emerged in the debates and ultimately wove their way into the ICTY's legal treatment of rape, the article argues that the international criminalization of rape might be neither as pathbreaking nor as progressive as the doctrinal recognition might suggest.

Topics: Ethnicity, Feminisms, Gender, Women, International Law, International Criminal Law, Justice, International Tribunals & Special Courts, War Crimes, Sexual Violence, Rape Regions: Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe Countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina

Year: 2005

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