The workshop on modes of coming to terms with Military Violence against Women in War aims to investigate how gender related crimes against women in war-time have been and are being dealt with. The workshop combines a historical perspective with an analysis of the current state of international law, drawing on a particular example.
The historical starting point will be the widespread and systematic sexual enslavement of women (so-called “comfort women”) that took place in the territories occupied by Japan during World War II. Professor Yuki Tanaka, an eminent expert in the field, will present the results of his research on the historical facts, but will also address the question how these crimes have been dealt with in Japan and internationally.
In a second part, the workshop will focus on international law on gender-related crimes, past and present. Dr. Suzannah Linton will give an introduction to the law and will also address the difficulties in obtaining genuine redress in the ‘ordinary’ situation, and in the matter of the so-called ‘comfort women’.
One of the aims of this interdisciplinary approach and discussion is to consider how it would be possible to utilize the existing international legal framework to assist victims of sexual war crimes, in particular former comfort women, who are seeking proper redress as the victims of Japanese war crimes.