Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law


Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law

9781785363917 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Susan Harris Rimmer, Associate Professor, Griffith University Law School, Brisbane and Kate Ogg, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78536 391 7 Extent: 592 pp
For almost 30 years, scholars and advocates have been exploring the interaction and potential between the rights and well-being of women and the promise of international law. This collection posits that the next frontier for international law is increasing its relevance, beneficence and impact for women in the developing world, and to deal with a much wider range of issues through a feminist lens.

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For feminist international law scholars, practitioners, and advocates, the first two decades of the new millennium have produced moments of elation and disenchantment. In the Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law, a network of scholars and practitioners from a diverse group of countries contemplate the future of feminist engagement with international law. Can international law increase its relevance, beneficence, and impact for women in the developed and developing world? How can international law deal with a much wider range of issues relevant to women’s lives than it currently does? What are the next frontiers for gender and international law making, law reform, and the beneficiaries of international law? The diverse global contributions to this Research Handbook delineate a future where feminist engagement with international law is robust, diverse, inclusive, influential, and leads to positive change in women’s lives.

The Research Handbook addresses larger themes of feminism and international law that will interest international law and gender studies scholars as well as HDR students. Additionally, this exploration will prove to be an asset to UN and INGO networks, regional organizations, and NGOs and social movements.
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‘Susan Harris Rimmer and Kate Ogg have compiled an important volume on feminist engagement with international law. The editors build on recent research and scholarship produced on the subject, but also extend their inquiries to areas not previously covered by feminist scholars of international law in great detail, but which are of significance to the corpus of international law scholarship. . . . For those who teach, research, practice, or otherwise engage with international law, this volume is a useful source and a notable contribution to the literature.’
– Penelope Andrews, American Journal of International Law

‘This specialised expert text is a “must have” for anyone, wishing to better appreciate the opportunity feminist engagement with international law offers. It is plain that feminist engagement with any area of the law offers an exploration beyond “women as actors.” It is a distinct feature of this Research Handbook, and a particular success of its editors, the diversity of theoretical approaches and different methodologies outlined for the reader. A feminist approach is not singular and is instead best viewed as a rich web of different approaches and methodologies, which lend themselves particularly nicely to interdisciplinary research, embedded in the broader context. Readers are invited to explore this Research Handbook, as it is almost a guarantee that any reader, interested in international law, will find at least one contribution relevant to their own research, if not more.’
– Feminist Legal Studies

‘This is a highly recommended Research Handbook, which will be useful to both experts and readers who are new to feminist studies. . . . a “must have” for anyone, wishing to better appreciate the opportunity feminist engagement with international law offers.’
– Metka Potočnik, Wolverhampton Law Journal
Contributors: J. Aeberhard-Hodges, S. Airey, M.P. Assis, B. Bennett, K. Chandrakirana, L. Chappell, H. Charlesworth, S.E. Davies, J.J. Dawuni, D. Estrada-Tanck, P. Finckenberg-Broman, G.M. Frisso, V. Fynn Bruey, J. Geng, F. Gerry, B. Goldblatt, R. Grey, M. Hansel, S. Harris Rimmer, R. Houghton, A. Isaac, M. Keyes, E. Larking, R. Maguire, A. O’Donoghue, D. Otto, K. Ogg, J. Ramji-Nogales, K. Rubenstein, S. Samar, G. Simm, N. Tzouvala, K. Woolaston, E. Yahyaoui Krivenko


Hilary Charlesworth

1. Introduction
Kate Ogg and Susan Harris Rimmer

2. On Women, Peace and Security
Sima Samar

Part I: Diversifying Feminist Engagement with International Law
3. Women as Maker of International Law: Towards feminist diplomacy
Susan Harris Rimmer

4. Wildlife and International Law: Can feminism transform our relationship with nature?
Katie Woolaston

5. Gender, Climate Change and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Rowena Maguire

6. Can Global Constitutionalisation be Feminist?
Aoife O’Donoghue and Ruth Houghton

7. Women in Private International Law
Mary Keyes

8. Gender, Disasters and International Law
Gabrielle Simm

9. ‘Sexing’ consent in international law
Siobhán Airey

10. Practitioner Perspective
State Aid Prohibition as an Instrument in the Gender War – Promoting Work for Women in the European Union?
Pamela Finckenberg-Broman

Part II: Making Feminist Engagement with International Law More Influential: Not just talking to ourselves
11. The Future of Feminist Engagement with Refugee Law: From the margins to the centre and out of the ‘Pink Ghetto’?
Kate Ogg

12. Women and the International Court of Justice
Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko

13. ‘Gender just judging’ in international criminal courts: New directions for research
Rosemary Grey and Louise Chappell

14. Revisiting the category ‘women’
Jaya Ramji-Nogales

15. A Feminist Human Security-Human Rights Lens: Expanding women’s engagement with international law
Dorothy Estrada-Tanck

16. The future of feminist international legal scholarship in a neoliberal university: doing law differently?
Ntina Tzouvala

17. Practitioner Perspective
Women and international treaty making: the example of standard-setting in the International Labour Organization
Jane Aeberhard-Hodges

Part III: Feminist Engagement with International Law: Improving Women’s Lives
18. Challenging gendered economic and social inequalities: An analysis of the role of trade and financial liberalisation in deepening inequalities, and of the capacity of economic and social rights to redress them
Emma Larking

19. Looking to the Future: Gender, Health and International Law
Belinda Bennett and Sara Davies

20. Oral history as empirical corrective: Including women’s experiences in international law
Kim Rubenstein and Anne Isaac

21. Violence against Women and Social and Economic Rights: Deepening the Connections
Beth Goldblatt

22. Feminist Time and International Law of the Everyday
Mary Hansel

23. Practitioner Perspective
Feminism in court: Practical solutions for tackling the wicked problem of women’s invisibility in criminal justice
Felicity Gerry QC

Part IV: Building Bridges with other Critical Theories
24. The Maputo Protocol and the Reconciliation of Gender and Culture in Africa
Jing Geng

25. Sex/Gender is Fluid, What Now for Feminism and International Human Rights Law? A Call to Queer the Foundations
Kathryn McNeilly

26. Matri-legal Feminism: An African Feminist Response to International Law
Josephine Jarpa Dawuni

27. Frames of Violence and the Violence of Frames: Setting a Feminist Critical Agenda for Transnational Rituals of Speaking
Mariana Prandini Assis

28. Third World Approaches to International Law: Feminists'' Engagement with International Law and Decolonial Theory"
Giovanna Maria Frisso

29. Indigenous Women and International Law
Veronica Fynn Bruey

30. Reimagining Feminist Engagements with Internationl Law
Kamala Chandrakirana

Dianne Otto


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