Rape, Torture and Genocide: Some Theoretical Implications

Daniela De Vito
Roehampton University, London, United Kingdom

Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections


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How rape has been conceptualized, placed and treated by the various components within international human rights and humanitarian law present both inconsistencies, and in recent times, innovative conclusions. In terms of the former category, inconsistencies, when rape is explicitly mentioned within, for instance, the context of international humanitarian law, it tends to be associated with a woman’s honor and not as a crime of violence or it is linked to the protection of women and not with the prohibition of rape. In contrast, the well-established international crime of torture has been conceptualized as a crime of violence and its prohibition is paramount. This book undertakes a political analysis approach to what can happen when rape is subsumed into the international crimes of torture and genocide. (Imprint: Nova)

1.Overall Introduction pp.1-10

2.Engagement pp.11-36

3. Essential Definitions and International Cases Pertaining to Rape pp.37-66

4. Setting the Theoretical Framework: Subsuming Rape into Established International Crimes (Torture and Genocide)pp.67-90

5. Rape as Torture: Arriving at an Understanding of the ‘Political’ pp.91-104

6. Rape as Genocide: Implications for Group Theory pp.105-120

7.Overall Conclusions pp.121-130

Cases Cited pp.131-132

References pp.133-142

Index pp.143-147

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