Webinar – Catalyzing Change: Ongwen, Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes, and Intersection

Thursday 20 – Friday 21 April 2023, online (New York, USA)


A two-day conference discussing the ICC’s ONGWEN case, feminist approaches to norm-setting and redressing gender-based international crimes sponsored by Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights, Cardozo International and Comparative Law Journal, the Emergent Justice Collective, the Global Justice Center, Tallawah Justice for Women, and UN Women.

Join us for a lively discussion of how the ground-breaking International Criminal Court’s Appeals Chamber ruling in Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen impacts intersectional feminist approaches to norm-setting and redressing sexual and gender-based crimes in international law. These discussions will center Ugandan-driven policy, legal, and advocacy work while uplifting the expertise gained through lived experiences.


On 4 February 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), guilty of 61 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including 19 counts of sexual and gender-based crimes, committed in Northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005. In October 2021, the ICC Appeals Chamber issued an order inviting “expressions of interest as amici curiae in judicial proceedings” with respect to the case against Dominic Ongwen. A group of feminist lawyers and scholars formed a Feminist Collective to submit four amicus briefs before the ICC Appeals Chamber in December 2021.

In light of the appeals decision of December 15, 2022, this conference will bring together a diverse group of feminist scholars and practitioners from around the world who engaged in this important contribution to international criminal law and justice.

About the Conference

The conference will be broadcast on Zoom for the general public. Yeshiva University and Cardozo students, faculty, and staff may attend in person in the Jacob Burns Moot Court room on the Benjamin N. Cardozo campus. Outside guests may also attend in person but must register through eventbrite and be able to provide proof of covid vaccination. For logistical questions please email bruna.celic@yu.edu.


Find out more information and book your free place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/catalyzing-change-ongwen-sexual-and-gender-based-crimes-and-intersection-tickets-557049549197

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