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Criminalising Peacekeepers: Modernising National Approaches to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Melanie O'Brien



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Springer Publications
28 July 2017
Peace studies & conflict resolution; Crime & criminology; War crimes; International criminal law
This book examines Australia's and the United States' ability to prosecute their peacekeepers for sexual exploitation and abuse. The United Nations has too long been plagued by sexual exploitation and abuse in some of the world's most vulnerable communities. Discussion within United Nations' reporting and academic scholarship focuses on policy; however, a significant concern outlined here is that peacekeepers are committing sexual offences with impunity, despite exclusive criminal jurisdiction over peacekeepers being granted to their sending states. In this original study O'Brien provides an in-depth, feminist analysis of US and Australian sexual offending law and jurisdiction over their military and military-civilian peacekeepers. Based on timely critical analysis, this book demonstrates the limitations states face in ensuring accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers - a factor which directly contributes to ongoing commission of and impunity for such offences. Calling for a rights-based, transnational law response to these crimes, this engaging and thought-provoking work will appeal to international practitioners, governments, UN policy-makers, and scholars of international, military and criminal law.
By:   Melanie O'Brien
Imprint:   Springer Publications
Country of Publication:   Switzerland
Edition:   1st ed. 2017
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm, 
Weight:   3.896kg
ISBN:   9783319577289
ISBN 10:   331957728X
Series:   Transnational Crime, Crime Control and Security
Pages:   207
Publication Date:   28 July 2017
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Melanie O'Brien is a Research Fellow in the TC Beirne School of Law and researcher in the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, The University of Queensland, Australia. She has worked for Anti-Slavery Australia and the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.

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