Birmingham Law School is delighted to announce that our Dr Janine Natalya Clark has been shortlisted for the Hart-SLSA Book Prize, for her latest book, ‘Rape, Sexual Violence and Transitional Justice Challenges: Lessons from Bosnia Herzegovina’. This book prize, open to all, recognises the most outstanding piece of socio-legal scholarship published in the previous 12 months.

Cover of the book by Janine Natalya Clark "Rape Sexual Violence and Transitional Justice Challenges:

Dr Clark said: ‘I am honoured and delighted to have been shortlisted for the Hart-SLSA Book Prize. The book would not have been possible without the help of the men and women who gave up their time to speak to me about their experiences of sexual violence during the Bosnian war. The recognition of the book is also a recognition of these survivors and their courage’.

Dr Janine Natalya Clark, Reader in Gender, International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice at Birmingham Law School is the principal investigator of the European Research Council funded project, ‘A Comparative Study of Resilience in Survivors of War Rape and Sexual Violence: New Directions for Transitional Justice.’ Dr Clark conducts fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) and has been working in the former Yugoslavia since 2002 and in BiH since 2008. She has published three books, several chapters in edited collections and 50 journal articles. Her nominated book (Rape, Sexual Violence and Transitional Justice Challenges: Lessons from Bosnia-Herzegovina) was published by Routledge in September 2017.

Her research interests include conflict-related sexual violence, transitional justice, ethnic conflict, genocide and post-conflict reconciliation. Her previous research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Leverhulme Trust.

Professor Robert Lee, Head of Birmingham Law School said:

‘By emphasising the legacy of rape and sexual violence at times of conflict, drawn from, at times, harrowing accounts of the survivors, the book paves the way for much a more holistic approach to transitional justice that can begin to address these legacy issues. In this beautifully written book, Janine often allows the voice of those scarred by rape and sexual violence to be heard at last’.

The Hart-SLSA Book Prize will be announced at the SLSA Annual Conference, 27-29 March 2018, at Bristol University and the winner will receive £250.