About the UN Team of Experts
The United Nations Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict (the “Team”) was created by Security Council resolution 1888 (2009) to assist national authorities in strengthening the rule of law, with the aim of ensuring criminal accountability for perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence. This resolution recognized that conflict-related sexual violence is a threat to peace and security, and that Member States affected by conflict need assistance to address impunity in order to prevent and deter future violations. The Team is the only dedicated Security Council mandated entity to provide this type of support on a global basis.
The Team is based at United Nations Headquarters in New York and deploys regularly to the field. The Team has a unique “co-lead” structure that includes members from several United Nations entities to enable the United Nations to deliver as one. The Team is led by a Team Leader who reports to the SRSG-SVC, and currently comprises experts from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The UN Team of Experts’ Approach
The Team works with the consent and cooperation of host governments, with the aim of fostering national ownership and responsibility for addressing conflict-related sexual violence. The Team takes a survivor-centric approach, which recognizes that victims of conflict-related sexual violence include women and girls as well as men and boys, and that victims are often subject to stigmatization by their families and communities. The Team’s areas of work include: (i) criminal investigations and prosecutions; (ii) military justice; (iii) legislative reform; (iv) protection of victims and witnesses; (v) reparations for survivors; and (vi) security sector oversight.
The Team works closely with a variety of partners to ensure complementarity and sustainability. At country level, it works with United Nations peace operations and country teams as well as civil society organizations and academia. At regional level, the Team works with organizations including the African Union, the European Genocide Network, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the League of Arab States. At the global level, the Team works within the United Nations Global Focal Point Arrangement for Police, Justice and Corrections in Post-Conflict and Other Crisis Situations (GFP) and with international bodies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC).