Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence


The Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (JHEC) is published by Paris Legal Publishers. For more information and how to subscribe and access articles, visit the webpage of Paris Legal Publishers.

Info sheet JHEC

CALL 2020

Regular issue

JHEC (2020/1(1) – regular issue) welcomes articles on human trafficking, enslavement and conflict-related sexual violence and/or the nexus between these crimes. Deadline submission article: 1 May 2020. Publication of the volume: August 2020. Max. word count: 6,000-8,000 words; references excluded (practitioner’s submission can be lower in number). For more information, see our info sheet and Editorial Policy, Editing Instructions, Rights and Permissions.

Special issue (a more elaborate call will soon be communicated)

JHEC (2020/1(2) – special issue) welcomes articles on ‘sexual terrorism’: the nexus between terrorism, human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence. Deadline abstract (max. 400 words): 6 March 2020 (announcement of selected abstracts: 13 March 2020). Deadline submission article: 4 September 2020. Publication of the volume: December 2020. Max. word count: 6,000-8,000 words; references excluded (practitioner’s submission can be lower in number). For more information, see our info sheet and Editorial Policy, Editing Instructions, Rights and Permissions

Description

In the past years, the UN Secretary-General has continuously stressed the urgency of addressing the nexus between human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence. Although both crimes are most of times looked upon separately, there are many similarities to be found.

One can think of the sexual nature that can be found in both crimes, the taboos and stigmas surrounding both crimes, the difficulty in defining the crimes, the focus on law enforcement (prosecution) rather than on prevention, prosecutorial challenges (e.g. protection, secondary victimization, reliance on victims’ testimonies), lack of comprehensibly understanding victims’ rights and needs, misconceptions about perpetrators and victims, and the fluidity of victim- and perpetrator roles, the consequences of both crimes (e.g. trauma, children born as a result), the causes and purposes of the crimes, to name a few. In addition, how does human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence compare with the crime of enslavement? Again, there are significant overlaps, although the crimes do not seem to fully coincide.

Human trafficking, enslavement and conflict-related sexual violence take place in times of peace, conflict and post-conflict; the crimes can take place at the same time or follow each other consecutively. In the context of mass migration, men, women and children affected by conflict, displacement or violent extremism are particularly at risk of falling prey to traffickers owing to the collapse of protective political, legal, economic and social systems.

The UN Secretary General in its report on conflict-related sexual violence of 15 April 2017 for the first time reported about the link between conflict-related sexual violence and trafficking in persons. It was held that the term conflict-related sexual violence also encompasses trafficking in persons when committed in situations of conflict for the purpose of sexual violence/exploitation. Developments during the year 2016, including the rise in violent extremism and mass migration, drew attention to the attendant risk of trafficking in persons for the purpose of sexual violence/exploitation. Moreover, in UN Security Council Resolution 2331 (2016) of 20 December 2016, the nexus between human trafficking, sexual violence, terrorism and transnational organized crime was for the first time addressed. With this resolution, sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism was officially acknowledged.

While its importance is time and again stressed, the nexus between human trafficking, enslavement and conflict-related sexual violence is up until now still largely underexplored. The Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence aims to fill this gap by researching both the nexus between these crimes and studying the crimes individually.

This journal seeks high quality submissions reflecting multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives addressing domestic, regional, international and comparative developments. The core submissions are intended from the following disciplines:

  • Law
  • Victimology
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Medicine
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Information Technology
  • History

Set-up
The JHEC contains articles, book reviews and case notes/discussion statements.

Peer review

The JHEC uses a double-blind peer review process.

Frequency

Two issues a year; summer issue consists of random submissions while the winter issue relates to a specific theme (special issue).

Submission of contributions

Contributions to the journal can be sent by e-mail to one of the editors-in-chief: JHEC@impact-now.org

The themes that need addressing relate, but are not limited to:

  • Definitional and factual issues concerning conflict-related sexual violence, enslavement and human trafficking in situations of conflict for the prupose of sexual violence or exploitation, such as the definition of the crimes, the perpetrators and victims, and the consequences of the crimes.
  • Prevention of the crimes, from different perspectives, such as the role of faith-based and traditional leaders, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs, awareness raising campaigns, and peacekeeping initiatives.
  • Addressing the crimes: legal and non-legal mechanisms, such as transitional justice mechanisms and mock tribunals, and reparation efforts, including socio-psychological and medical care and tackling stigma.
  • Case studies (contemporary countries or regions of concern), including a discussion from a particular point of view, such as the situation in refugee camps.

More information for authors:

Editorial Policy, Editing Instructions, Rights and Permissions

Editors-in-chief
Dr. Anne-Marie de Brouwer and dr. Eefje de Volder
Impact: Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict

Editorial Board

Patrick Cammaert, Major General ret.

Dr. Chris Dolan, Refugee Law Project, Makerere University; Ulster University

Rina Ghafoerkhan, ARQ National Psychotrauma Center; Utrecht University

Dr. Chiseche Mibenge, Episcopal Relief & Development

Jean Bosco Mutangana, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University; former Prosecutor General of the Republic of Rwanda

Prof. Valerie Oosterveld, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

Dr. Christophe Paulussen, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague

Prof. Ryszard Piotrowicz, Department of Law and Criminology, Aberystwyth University

Dr. Julia Planitzer, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

Prof. Conny Rijken, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University

Dr. Pim Scholte, Laguna Collective; Amsterdam University Medical Centers

Dr. Kim Thuy Seelinger, Washington University in St. Louis

Patricia Viseur Sellers, Special Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; Oxford University; London School of Economics

Dr. Nicole Siller, Deakin University

Dr. Marian Tankink, Consultant Anthropological Research & Training on Gender, Violence and Mental Health

Linda Verhaak, ARQ Centrum 45; ARQ International