Freie Universität Berlin
Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics
Field of Research: The Implementation of Justice by the International Criminal Court in Cases of Wartime Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes
Inga is a PhD candidate at the Political Science department at the Freie Universität Berlin. She grew up in Saint Petersburg, where she studied Law but withdrew due to her frustration with its implementation in Russia leaving thereafter to Germany. During her Political Science studies at the Freie Universität Berlin her main focus included the international human rights regime, peace and conflict research and gender studies. In her diploma thesis she highlighted the evolution of the individual criminal accountability norm for wartime sexual and gender-based crimes (SGBC) resulting in its institutionalization through the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Inga completed her studies with professional experience gained by working for international non-governmental organisations promoting human rights, sustainable development and peace.
Research Plans: The Implementation of Justice by the International Criminal Court in Cases of Wartime Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes
Pursuing her academic interest Inga is going to analyse the implementation of the individual criminal accountability norm by the International Criminal Court in cases of wartime SGBC by looking closely at the work of the Court´s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). Regarding various obstacles and pressure factors, which challenge the prosecution of these crimes, she will investigate the implementation and effects of newly elaborated strategies, mechanisms and procedures within the OTP. Conducting an interdisciplinary analysis including political, legal, social and gender perspectives she intends to explore new possibilities within the international criminal law to prosecute wartime SGBC and to elaborate intersections, which might promote the implementation of justice in such cases.