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May 11, 2011

Rape as a Tool of War Needs Legal Solution

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Immediate Past-President of the _ Carolyn Lamm spoke today at a Washington Foreign Law Society luncheon in Washington, D.C., about her efforts as the ABA’s representative to the United Nations to develop a system of civil responsibility for states that engage in state-sponsored violence against women as a weapon of war, and a system of reparations to victims from offending states. The majority of victims of state-sponsored sexual violence currently have no recourse to either criminally prosecute the perpetrators or to receive remedies for the harm they have suffered.

“We need to find a way so that individual victims can make claims individually or collectively and the states would be responsible,” said Lamm, a lawyer with the firm White & Case.

Before her remarks, Lamm joined Piper Hendricks, an associate with International Rights Advocates and the director of Programs for the Washington Foreign Law Society, and Alex Khachaturian, an associate at White & Case and board member of WFLS.

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Immediate Past-President of the _ Carolyn Lamm exchanges ideas with Janine Moussa of the Northeastern School of Law at a Washington Foreign Law Society lunch today at Lamm’s firm, White & Case, in Washington, D.C. Lamm, current ABA representative to the United Nations, spoke of the need for a system of civil responsibility for states that engage in state-sponsored violence against women as a weapon of war, and a system of reparations to victims from offending states. Currently, the majority of victims of state-sponsored sexual violence have no recourse to either criminally prosecute the perpetrators or to receive remedies for the harm they have suffered.

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