Campbell, K., The Justice of Humans: Subject, Society and Sexual Violence in International Criminal Justice, 2023

Justice for conflict-related sexual violence remains a critical problem for global society today. This ground-breaking book addresses pressing questions for 'international justice': what do existing approaches to international justice offer to victims of war and societies in conflict? And what possibilities do they provide for feminist social transformation? The Justice of Humans develops a new feminist approach to 'international justice'. Adopting a socio-legal perspective, it studies two major contemporary examples of legal and feminist approaches to justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Women's Court (former Yugoslavia), focusing on their treatment of sexual violence as a gender-based crime. Drawing on feminist social theory, legal analysis, and empirical research, the book offers an innovative feminist framework for understanding 'international justice' and offers new theoretical and practical strategies for building feminist justice.


‘Kirsten Campbell is an original, incisive voice in international criminal justice debates. In this compelling book, she argues that it is not enough to reform systems of justice – they need to be radically transformed.’

Joanna Bourke - Birkbeck, University of London

‘Kirsten Campbell brings her considerable expertise on feminist, and socio-legal theory to this definitive study of sexual violence prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Women’s Court. Richly informed by over two decades of ethnographic research, Campbell combines an insider’s knowledge of international criminal law, a scholar’s acute questioning of legal and social order, with an activist’s commitment to building the feminist gender justice we need.’

Doris Buss - Carleton University

‘This book brilliantly delivers intellectual rigour, creative reforms, a theory of feminist justice, and recognition of the power of accountability – as broadly conceived – to promote global social emancipation.’

Mark A. Drumbl - Washington and Lee University