Arms export control processes in many countries around the world encompass human rights considerations, aimed at reducing the risk of arms exports contributing to human rights violations. The 2013 Arms Trade Treaty specifically requires that those processes include an assessment of the risks of gender-based violence (GBV) in particular. However, research indicates that the risks of weapons being used to facilitate or commit GBV are rarely given regular, separate, and detailed consideration.
Join the Stimson Center, the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, and the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland for an expert discussion on how to better assess GBV risks in arms transfer controls. The event will launch a new report and questionnaire that can help licensing officers – government officials who decide whether to grant arms export licenses – in obtaining the best information relevant to a GBV risk assessment, thereby enabling governments to make well-informed decisions.
- Verity Coyle, Stimson Center
- Anna Crowe, Harvard International Human Rights Clinic
- Emma Tobin, Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland
Moderated by Rachel Stohl, Stimson Center