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Navi Pillay In Her Age: An Introduction

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On the contemporary international law and policy scene, there are not many people who match the eminent stature of Dr Navanethem Pillay. This chapter talks about her personage and her role in her time command for her an enduring tribute. Navi Pillay's role at the ICTR is truly iconic. The ICTR was the first international tribunal to try the crime of genocide: Navi Pillay was on that Bench. Perhaps the most classic international legal development with which Dr Pillay is associated is the principle, alluded to above, that sexual violence can be an act of genocide. That principle was enunciated in the Akayesu case. It truly stands out as one of the most inspirational nuggets of jurisprudence in modern international law. Rukundo and the other cases before it derive their inspiration from the seeds of legal thought sown many years ago in Navi Pillay's Akayesu many years ago.

Keywords: Akayesu case; Dr Navanethem Pillay; genocide; ICTR; international law; sexualviolence



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