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

  • Kouassi R., "La Justice transitionnelle en Côte d’Ivoire: quel programme de réparations efficace pour les victimes de la guerre?" in Revue africaine des sciences juridiques (forthcoming 2018).
  • 2017: Kouassi R., "Programmes de réparations, justice transitionnelle et droit international: Analyse à la lumière du droit individuel à réparation", University of Geneva, Thesis.
  • 2014: Haldemann F. and Kouassi R., "Transitional Justice Without Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ?", in Riedel E., Giacca G. and Golay C. (eds.), Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in International Law. Contemporary Issues and Challenges, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • 2014: Kouassi R., "Le système de réparation de la CPI: Analyse à la lumière de l’ordonnance de réparation dans l’affaire Thomas Lubanga Dyilo", in Bernard D. et Scalia D. (dir.), 20 ans de la justice pénale internationale, Les dossiers de la revue de droit pénal et de criminologie, La Charte Professional Publishing.
  • 2011: Kouassi R., "La responsabilité internationale des groupes armés non étatiques dans les conflits armés non internationaux", Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2017: "Instaurer un fonds de réparations international pour les survivants de violences sexuelles dans les conflits armés", Institut Universitaire Varenne, Round Table, Paris (France), May.
  • 2017: Kouassi R., "La  réparation des préjudices au sens du droit pénal international", Association des marocains victimes d’expulsion arbitraire d’Algérie en 1975, Panel, Genève (Suisse), May.
  • 2016: "Mécanismes nationaux de réparations en faveur des victimes: Aspects généraux et questions pratiques", Training, Nuremberg (Germany), November.