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Reproductive crimes in international law: Lessons from Cambodia

How can international criminal law better protect reproductive autonomy?

This project critically examines the international law response to forced pregnancy and other violations of reproductive autonomy in international criminal law.

For the past decade, Dr Rosemary Grey has been researching in the field of international criminal law. Her first book, Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes at the International Criminal Court, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Among her most important contributions to the field has been conceptualising 'reproductive crimes' - a category of crimes that violate the right to reproductive health and autonomy, such as forced abortion, forced maternity and forced paternity.

This project operationalises that concept of reproductive crimes in Cambodia, in relation to the ongoing proceedings in the United Nations-backed ‘Khhmer Rouge Tribunal’ (also called the Extrarodinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia). It involves searching the Tribunal’s vast evidence base to identify the full range of reproductive rights violations recorded, and then developing robust legal arguments that would enable prosecution of these kinds of violations as crimes under international law.

The outputs will be a sole-authored book and several journal articles, including articles co-authored with Cambodian colleagues.

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2021, Grant ID: DE210101486.

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Dr Rosemary Grey

Rosemary Grey