There is growing interest in feminist scholarship among international lawyers and recognition of the value that feminist analysis can bring to the study of Law. This interest group is a network of individuals committed to feminist approaches who together can develop and share their research and generate ideas for regular meetings and thematic seminars. We encourage members and non-members to comment and send ideas via the contact page.Thank you.
We are delighted that the programme of speakers for our joint interest group meeting at the ESIL Research Forum 2016 (21st April 2016) has been confirmed. Should be an interesting morning! Look forward to seeing you there…
This bilingual roundtable (agora) seeks to convene various perspectives on the ways current crisis-ridden international law, or utopian crisis-free international law, thrive on gendered narratives, as well as how the contributions feminist approaches can offer enlarged critical engagement with the status quo of international law and its focus on crisis. Set up as a roundtable rather than a traditional panel, the agora aims at providing an interactive platform for feminist and/or gender-related engagement with the past, present and future of international law within and without its recurrent crises. Innovative approaches such as research on visual images as well as interdisciplinary reflections uncovering the powerful discursive complex resulting from the interaction between media coverage and international institutions’ communication politics and their impact on the gendered narratives of international law are welcomed. Contributions in French are strongly encouraged. More details and submission information are attached below.
The 11th Annual Conference in Oslo brought together some interesting papers for the interest Group under the Question: ‘Has feminist theory had any substantive effect on the output of International Courts and/or Tribunals?’.
Akayesu’s Rape Definition: an illustration of feminist influence?
Christine M.G. Tremblay, Leiden University
Crossing lines but not bridges: International law, gender and the future of the International Criminal Court
Olga Juraz Open University
Gender stereotyping and the Strasbourg Court’s (Non)Engagements with Feminist Legal Thought
Lourdes Peroni and Alexandra Timmer, Ghent University
The ICJ Croatia v. Serbia Genocide Judgement: A Feminist Assessment
Enzamaria Tramatana, University of Palemo Italy
Exploring ICJ’s (Dis)engagement with Feminism Separate and Dissenting Opinions as an Indicator.
Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, NUI Galway University
The interest Group was also happy to have some members attend the Women in International Law Happy Hour hosted by Professor Cecilia Bailliet, many thanks for the warm welcome in Oslo.
Representations of Women in International Law
3rd September 2014, 2-6pm
Faculty of Law, University of Vienna, Lecture room 14 (basement)
2:00pm -3:30pm: Panel 1: Representations
- Screening International Criminal Justice : What Part do Women Play ?
Anne Lagerwall, Université Libre de Bruxelles,
- Representations of Women in International Criminal Tribunals
Caterine Arrabal-Ward, Glasgow Caledonian University
- Spectacles of Justice: Gender Crimes in Law and on Screen
Keina Yoshida, London School of Economics
- International Law, Human Trafficking, Everydayness : exploring the ‘dark background of mere givenness’
Siobhan Mullally University College Cork
3:45-5:00pm: Panel 2: Representatives
- A Woman First: Examining the Legacy of the Diplomat, Lawyer and Academic Patricia Roberts Harris
Ursula Tracy Doyle, Northern Kentucky University
- The Ideas of Women
Wendy Guns, Open University, the Netherlands
- Women as State Representatives in Sweden: A feminist Party entering Parliament in 2014
Katarina Jansson, Stockholm Arbitration and Litigation Center
5:15-6:00pm: Idea Sharing: Future Plans for the Interest Group
Paper for discussion: Mentorship and Women in International Law Careers
Cheah Wui Ling, National University of Singapore and Emily Linnea Mahoney, Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL LAW”
Call for Papers – Deadline 11 June 2014
The European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Feminism and International Law is calling for papers for its panel during the interest group meetings at the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference (4th-6th Sept), to be held in Vienna, Austria, on 3 September 2014 from 2-6pm.
Following the overarching theme of the Conference, “International Law and …: Boundaries of International Law and Bridges to Other Fields and Disciplines”, we invite papers addressing the interplay between the representation of women in international law and other disciplines.
Papers may consider (but are not limited to) the following subjects:
* representation of women in international organisations;
* women as state representatives;
* dramatic and visual representations of women in situations such as armed conflict;
* stereotypes in representations of women, such as human rights victims;
* representations of ‘the other woman’ in international law;
* literary accounts of women in international law.
Please submit abstract proposal of no more than 500 words via email to Troy Lavers and Loveday Hodson (Troy.Lavers@le.ac.uk and Loveday.Hodson@le.ac.uk) by 11th June 2014.
Successful applicants will be informed by 30 June 2014. See below for further details.
In addition to the abstract, the following information must be provided on the submission:
- The author’s name and affiliation
- The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications
- The author’s contact details
- Whether the author is an ESIL member
Papers will be selected by the co-chairs of the Interest Group (Dr. Troy Lavers and Dr Loveday Hodson) on the basis of abstracts submitted. Selection criteria are: originality of the work, links to the panel theme, and geographical representation of the speakers.
The purpose of the panel is to share cutting-edge research in specific areas of international law, to stimulate debate, and to foster contacts between participants. We welcome the sharing of ideas in progress.
In order to participate in the Interest Group panel, speakers must be members of ESIL. The membership can be formalised once abstracts have been accepted.
Unfortunately, the ESIL Interest Group on Feminism and International Law is not in a position to cover expenses for travelling and accommodation, or to waiver the ESIL conference fee.
Information on the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference is available here: https://esil2014.univie.ac.at/home.
ESIL Interest Group on Feminism and International Law
ADEIT – Fundación Universidad-Empresa de Valencia
Plaza Virgen de la Paz, 3 – 46001 Valencia (España)
9am -10:20 (15 min per paper and 15 min questions)
Reut Yael Paz, Alexander von Humboldt Law Faculty, Ostjüdische Regionalism and Feminism à la Rosa Luxemburg
Loveday Hodson, University of Leicester, The ECHR and Women’s Rights
Enzamaria Tramontana, University of Palermo, Judicial Dialogue and Cross-Fertilization of Regional Women’s Rights Standards: The Case of Reproductive Rights
Dorothy Estrada-Tanck. European University Institute, Violence against Women, Human Security, and Human Rights of Women and Girls
10:30-12:00 (15 min per paper and 15 min questions)
Marion Lewis, American Graduate School in Paris, Women, War and Just War Theory: Why this Silent Majority Must “Bandwagon” To Influence The “Power Brokers” To Create A Normative Framework For Jus Post Bellum
Eki Y. Omorogbe, University of Leicester, The Impact of the African Union on Women in Armed Conflict in Africa
Solange Mouthaan, University of Warwick, Sexual Violence against Men in Armed Conflict in Africa
CHEAH Wui Ling, National University of Singapore, Exploring Institutionalisation through Regionalisation: The Limits of Legal Mobilisation and the ‘Comfort Women’ Movement’s Experience in Southeast Asia
Female circumcision, universal jurisdiction and equality before the law by Nicolás Zambrana-Tévar
A couple from Gambia who lives in Alcañiz (Aragon, Spain) has been condemned to 6 (the father) and 2 (the mother) years in prison, respectively, for being responsible, alone or with the help of unknown accomplices, of the circumcision of their daughter, who is now two years old (please see Decision Nº26, of 15 November 2011 / Sentencia Nº26 de 15 de noviembre de 2011; http://www.heraldo.es/uploads/documentos/documentos_ablacionjpg_2baa227c.pdf). It is the first case of this kind in Spain that reaches the stage of oral proceedings. There have been other cases before this one but they have all been stayed after it has been determined, in the course of the investigatory stage, that the facts had taken place abroad, taking also into account the difficulties encountered in finding out the identity of those responsible for the atrocity. In this case, it has been considered proven that the female circumcision was carried out in Spain. The Spanish 1994 Criminal Code punishes the severance of the genitals (in males or females) with up to 12 years in prison and the withdrawal of the children’s custody, which is subject to the plea of the Prosecutor. The tribunal has been more lenient with the mother because it has considered proven that she did not know that female circumcision was illegal in Spain. The tribunal has not given any importance to the defence’s arguments that the father was bound “by the weight of tradition”. Furthermore, the tribunal has underscored that this is an attack against a woman’s rights and sexuality and can also lead to trauma and infections of different kinds. Interesting for international lawyers is the fact that Spanish courts have universal jurisdiction to adjudicate in cases of female circumcision, no matter the nationality of the victim nor of the perpetrator, nor the place where the facts take place. This was the case prior to a 2009 legal reform which, according to many, did away with universal jurisdiction in Spain because, after the aforementioned reform, some sort of link with Spain is also required for Spanish courts to have jurisdiction. In the case of the Gambian couple, the Prosecutor alleged and proved that the circumcision took place in Spain, so the rules on universal jurisdiction have not been invoked. Nevertheless, the couple insisted that the facts had taken place in Gambia and that those responsible where the girl’s grandparents. Furthermore, the Spanish constitution, as so many others, contains a specific precept on equality before the law. Could the Spanish rules on universal jurisdiction for female circumcision be against that principle of equality and be, therefore, unconstitutional, for being only applicable to victims who are women and not to male castration? This may not be the case after theSpanish Constitutional Court issued a judgement in 2009 which considered to be constitutional a 2004 statute which punished slightly more heavily domestic violence against women than against men. We will have to wait until another female circumcision case arises in order to see if this issue of the unconstitutionality of universal jurisdiction rules is considered.
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