Gender Violence & State Accountability

Carolyn Lamm, a Partner at White & Case, Immediate Past-President of the American Bar and the current ABA representative to the United Nations, was the featured speaker at the event “Gender Violence & State Accountability,” hosted by the Washington Foreign Law Society. Ms. Lamm spoke about the lack of recourse for victims of state-sponsored sexual violence to criminally prosecute perpetrators or to receive remedies for harms stemming from sexual violence, whether state-sponsored or by those fighting against the state.

Ms. Lamm detailed her efforts on behalf of the ABA to develop a system of civil responsibility for state-sponsored violence against women as a weapon of war and for a system of reparations to victims from these states.

The interactive event engaged the audience on this critical topic as Ms. Lamm discussed opportunities for lawyers to get involved in the initiative and to urge remedies and advocate for changes in domestic law and enforcement of laws already in place.

Posted May 18, 2011 in: Reminders