The AGS Research Center

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The AGS Research Center on International Crime, Violence and Governmental Action combines academic research with practitioner's experience to raise awareness of the use of violence in its multiple forms in international relations, and suggest realistic means of prevention.

The AGS Research Center fits into the core of the AGS mission, that is, fostering tolerance and contributing to the larger cause of international peace through education. It adopts a cross-disciplinary approach drawing from international relations, political science, gender studies and international law.

The Center is headed by Professor Eileen Servidio-Delabre, a specialist in International Criminal Law who has authored several books and articles on the subject and is particularly interested in ‘the silence of the law’ during conflict.

Contributing to the activities of the Research Center are AGS faculty members, including Professors Ruchi Anand, David PikeDouglas Yates, and external experts.

In 2010, the AGS Research Center published a book titled Crimes Against Women (New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2010) which is a collective work featuring essays from scholars, writers, and human rights activists edited by David Wndgeate Pike, with a foreword by human rights advocate Taslima Nasrin. It presents a survey of acts of oppression, past and present, that women throughout the world have endured, with a three-fold focus; gender-related crimes rooted in concept and law, those deriving from religion, customs and traditions, and those perpetrated in times of conflict. The twenty-eight articles take a broad variety of approaches, ranging from the philosophical and legalistic to the narrative reporting of contributors working in the field.

In 2014, the Research Center hosted an international conference on the theme “Violence Against Women”, organized on the occasion of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This conference brought together policy-makers, diplomats, NGO leaders, lawyers, journalists, scholars, and human rights activists from around the world before an audience of over 200. Speakers included Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England, Carolina Lasén Diaz, Programme Officer in the Gender Equality Unit at the Council of Europe, Tobe Levin, Associate at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center, and H.E. Ursula Plassnik, Austria’s Ambassador to France and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The AGS Research Center is currently organizing a second conference on Violence Against Women, concentrating this time on the abuses occurring in developed countries.

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