What Are Starvation Crimes?

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Friday 24 February 2023

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


Online via Zoom



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This CTPSR Webinar will feature a Keynote by Bridget Conley, Research Director of the World Peace Foundation, The Fletcher School. In this session she will discuss her research on starvation crimes.

Beginning in the 1990s, there was a revolution in political, public and legal understanding of and willingness to prosecute violations of international humanitarian law and the laws of war. But it did not treat all crimes equally. One area that was largely left behind were starvation crimes – various acts that intentionally produce conditions in which people are deprived of not just food and water, but also other objects and activities indispensable for life. Yet starvation is weaponized in many conflicts. Political and military actors know well the power and influence they can wield through systematic deprivations. This talk will provide a conceptual and historical overview of starvation, addressing the uses of starvation, how these acts are already criminalized, and why they have not been prosecuted.


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