Source: (2008) Seminar, Brussels, 13-14 May 2008. Confernece Report. FundaciÃ³n para las Relaciones Internacionales y el DiÃ¡logo Exterior (FRIDE).
While significant advances have been achieved in
global womenâ€™s rights law, many experts point to the
shortcomings in national penal codes, and the
challenges faced by the victims of sexual crimes. A key
area of concern is complementarity between
international and national jurisprudence. What can
women do when national legal codes are in conflict
with international norms? What happens when sexual
crimes have been perpetrated before legal reform?
Judicial procedures can have a direct influence on
womenâ€™s participation in judicial processes and the
protection of victims and witnesses of sexual crimes is
paramount. Another vital issue is the training and sensitisation of legal actors to ensure due process and
access to justice for women victims. (excerpt) — The discussion also covers issues of reparation; while case studies include some restorative elements.
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