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Sex, Statistics, Peacekeepers and Power: UN Data on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and the Quest For Legal Reform

Grady, Kate (2016) 'Sex, Statistics, Peacekeepers and Power: UN Data on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and the Quest For Legal Reform.' Modern Law Review, 79 (6). pp. 931-960.

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Abstract

The UN Secretariat provides annual statistics on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse made against peacekeeping personnel, with reduced numbers of allegations leading to claims of success for the UN’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy. This article explores the use of data as ‘technologies’ of global governance, to examine the function that these annual statistics serve for the UN and the impact that they have on calls for legal reform. Thus far, the statistics have attracted little academic appraisal. Yet, they have been used to establish the UN’s authority to resolve the ‘problem’ of sexual exploitation and abuse, diminishing the space for critique of UN policy and undermining the quest for improved legal arrangements.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Accepted version of an article published by Wiley.
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
ISSN: 14682230
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1111/1468-2230.12225
Depositing User: Kate Grady
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 10:24
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23064

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