Call for Papers: (Non) reproductive freedom. Experiences, theories, movements – 5-6 December 2019 , Ca’ Foscari University (Venice)

Within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign promoted by the UN, the journal DEP. Deportate, esuli, profughe/DEP. Deportees, exiles, refugees is organising an international conference on the theme of women’s rights to reproductive freedom.

Control of women’s fertility has ancient origins, but it was only from the beginning of the 20th century, especially in Europe and the United States, that movements advocating birth control were born, the first birth control clinics were set up, new publications aimed at a wider public began to circulate, and dilemmas and ordeals that women were experiencing  spread also through theatrical pieces and literary works. This activism came to a peak with the so-called “La grève des ventres” protest.

At that time, the assertion of the right to reproductive freedom intertwined with the suffrage movement, along with a radical criticism of medical science and its premises.

During the world wars and in the postwar eras, the increasingly repressive laws that prohibited birth control practices gave new impetus to the movements, which gave rise to the struggles and the achievements of the following decades.

The conference will be organised into the following thematic groups:

– women’s and feminists’ reflections on reproductive freedom on a wide time span, in various national contexts and disciplinary areas – philosophical, historical, legal, religious, literary;

– institutions and movements for birth control and sexual and reproductive freedom: activities and protagonists;

– communication strategies adopted by magazines, pamphlets, literary and artistic works;

– affirmation and development of women’s reproductive rights as fundamental human rights;

– current debate on reproductive technologies, surrogate maternity, child marriages, criminalisation of abortion, practices of selective abortion, and birth control policies.

Scientific committee:

Bruna Bianchi (Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Rosa Caroli (Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Sara De Vido (Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Geraldine Ludbrook (Ca’ Foscari Venezia)


Conference languages: Italian/English


31 May 2019: deadline for proposals to be sent to

30 June 2019: notification of acceptance.

30 September 2019: deadline for long abstracts (3,000 characters).

Abstracts can be sent either in Italian or in English.

Istanbul Research Forum: Cancellation of IG Event

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Unfortunately, after consultation with workshop participants we had to cancel the event we had planned jointly with the Law and Theory interest group. The majority of participants either expressly said that they will not come or expressed serious reservations about them coming to Istanbul. It was decided it would therefore be unworkable to maintain the workshop with the majority of those who were supposed to present being absent.

Call for Papers: ESIL Conference 2016, Riga

Feminism and International Law Interest Group
ESIL Annual Conference, Riga, 8-10 September 2016
The Gendered Imaginaries of Crisis in International Law
Agora Proposal: Call for Papers

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.



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Oslo Conference of ESIL : The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?

Oslo speakers

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

3:30-3:45pm: Break

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

5:00-5:15: Break

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.

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ESIL Interest Group on Feminism and International Law

Workshop Programme

ADEIT – Fundación Universidad-Empresa de Valencia
Plaza Virgen de la Paz, 3 – 46001 Valencia (España)

Room 2.3

Panel One

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


Panel Two

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

Call for Papers: ESIL Biennial Conference, Valencia, Spain 13th September 2012

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“Regionalism and Feminism: How regionalism impacts on women’s lives”

This is a call for papers for the interest group workshops that will take place on the morning of 13th September 2012 as part of the 5th ESIL Biennial Conference. The interest group on Feminism and International Law is organising a panel to consider the contribution feminist theory and methodology can make to questions raised by conference theme: regionalism and international law.

This meeting of the interest group on Feminism and International Law will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the impact of regionalism on women’s lives. In particular, participants will explore whether the fracture and fragmentation of international law is mirrored in the fragmentation of feminist thought. The question of whether a uniquely ‘European’ feminism exists – and the implications of this for women in Europe and beyond – is foremost in our minds. There will also be an opportunity in this session to look in depth at the meaning of regional legal institutions and tribunals, such as the European Court of Human Rights, to women’s lives.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words in English or French should be submitted directly to with the author’s title, contact information and organisational affiliation. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday 18th May 2012.  We anticipate that scholars who contribute to the workshop maybe interested in publishing their papers jointly in a good quality peer reviewed journal, and publication plans will be discussed at the meeting.

Please note that is you wish to attend the meeting of the Feminism and International Law Interest Group you do not have to register for the full ESIL conference. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the panel for a discussion on future events of the interest group.