Faculty Notes

Prof. Barbara Stark Publishes Article in AJIL Unbound Symposium on Obligation of States Under Int’l Law to Criminalize Marital Rape

Barbara Stark, Professor of Law

“Does International Law Really Require the Criminalization of Marital Rape?”, an article by Professor Barbara Stark, was published in AJIL Unbound, the online supplement to the American Journal of International Law, a publication of the American Society of International Law.

The article was an invited response to the lead essay in an AJIL Unbound symposium on the obligation of states under international law to criminalize marital rape, “Criminalizing Sexual Violence against Women in Intimate Relationships: State Obligations Under Human Rights Law,” by Melanie Randall and Vasanthi Venkatesh.

From the Introduction (by Catherine Powell and Carlos M. Vázquez)
In her contribution, Does International Law Really Require the Criminalization of Marital Rape, Barbara Stark of Hofstra Law School questions whether the authorities cited in the lead article establish that international law today requires such criminalization. She also argues that such criminalization may not be in the best interests of victims of marital rape in some countries.

Read Professor Stark’s article at asil.org.