Enforcement of sexual violence law in post-civil conflict societies

Jillienne Haglund, David L. Richards

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The climate of impunity in many post-civil conflict societies results in unprecedented levels of violence against women, making legal implementation and law enforcement particularly difficult. We argue that the presence of strong legal provisions mediates the negative influence of the post-civil conflict environment on violence against women. Specifically, we examine the role of strong legal protections on the enforcement of sexual violence legislation in post-civil conflict countries. To examine our hypothesis, we utilize an original dataset measuring the strength and enforcement of domestic legal statutes addressing violence against women for the years 2007–2010 in post-civil conflict countries. We find elements of civil conflict as well as domestic and international legal regimes to be reliably associated with the enforcement of violence against women laws and rape prevalence in post-civil conflict states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-295
Number of pages16
JournalConflict Management and Peace Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2018

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  • Gender
  • gender-based violence
  • political institutions
  • post-civil conflict
  • violence against women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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