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A Comparative Study of Resilience in Survivors of War Rape and Sexual Violence: New Directions for Transitional Justice

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Project "CSRS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Edgbaston
postcode: B15 2TT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙790˙580 €
 EC max contribution 1˙790˙580 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM UK (BIRMINGHAM) coordinator 1˙790˙580.00


 Project objective

The profound trauma associated with rape and sexual violence in conflict has been extensively explored within existing scholarship. The fact that many survivors exhibit remarkable post-trauma resilience, however, remains critically under-investigated. CSRS will address this fundamental gap by undertaking a paradigm-shifting empirical study of the underlying conditions for resilience. It will then use this data to pioneer a new, survivor-centred model of transitional justice – the process of redressing the legacy of massive human rights abuses.

Using the three comparative case studies of Bosnia-Hercegovina (BiH), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Colombia, and adopting a social-ecological approach that emphasizes the interactions between individuals and their environments, CSRS consists of two inter-linked parts. The first part will involve extensive fieldwork, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, to generate a rich cross-cultural dataset that identifies and explains the key micro, meso and macro factors that foster resilience in survivors of war rape and sexual violence.

The second part of CSRS will use this dataset to build an innovative, bottom-up model of transitional justice that prioritizes the long-term needs of survivors, reflecting the project’s hypothesis that a positive correlation exists between fulfilment of needs and resilience. This model will be developed with the input of survivors in BiH, the DRC and Colombia and in consultation with transitional justice scholars and practitioners. CSRS aims to transform transitional justice theory and practice. The project outputs will therefore include both academic publications and policy reports to communicate the model to the governments of the case study countries, the United Nations and a wider international audience with the overall aim of making empowerment and resilience part of a new transitional justice agenda.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Janine Natalya Clark
Rethinking Memory and Transitional Justice: A Novel Application of Ecological Memory
published pages: Article is forth, ISSN: 1750-6980, DOI:
Memory Studies 2020-04-07
2019 Janine Natalya Clark
Finding a Voice: Silence and its Significance for Transitional Justice
published pages: 96466391985668, ISSN: 0964-6639, DOI: 10.1177/0964663919856685
Social & Legal Studies 2019 2020-03-13
2020 Janine Natalya Clark
Rape, Sexual Violence and Transitional Justice
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, 2nd edition 2019-05-22
2018 J.N. Clark
De-Centring Trauma: Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Importance of Resilience Discourse
published pages: 801-821, ISSN: 1744-053X, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2018.1454908
International Journal of Human Rights 2019-04-16
2019 Janine Natalya Clark
‘Leaky’ Bodies, Connectivity and Embodied Transitional Justice
published pages: , ISSN: 1752-7716, DOI: 10.1093/ijtj/ijz003
The International Journal of Translational Justice 2019-04-16
2019 J.N. Clark
Resilience, Legal Systems and Transitional Justice
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Systemic Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation in Contexts of Change 2019/2020 2019-04-16
2019 J.N. Clark
Helping or Harming? NGOs and Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina
published pages: , ISSN: 1475-4843, DOI:
Journal of Human Rights 2019-04-16

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