Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Rachelle Kouassi

Postdoctoral Fellow


Ph.D., University of Geneva, Switzerland (2017); LLM, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2011); Master in Law, University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast (2006)

Post Doctoral Research Program

"Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War: What Forms of Reparations are Appropriate for Victims?" Under the supervision of Dr. Joanna Quinn.

Recent empirical data suggests that sexual violence is becoming increasingly a phenomenon of armed conflict requiring a reaction from States in accordance with their obligations under international law. In front of so much systematically organized brutality, the question that comes to mind is whether victims can recover. If so, how can this be possible? Beyond the medical aspect of the question, there is reason to believe that reparation, in the legal sense, can play a fundamental role in the healing of such victims. The aim of this research project is to examine the phenomenon of sexual violence in armed conflicts and the international legal framework dealing with this issue and to recognize the need for specific remedial approaches adapted to the consequences, sensitivity and stigma associated with the specific prejudices and needs of survivors of sexual violence in post-conflict contexts.

Research Interests

Dr. Kouassi’s research interests include transitional justice, sexual and gender-based violence, the individual right to reparation, reparations programmes, public international law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law.

Selected Publications

Recent Conference Presentations