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The Future of Women’s Engagement with International Law

Hilary Charlesworth with members of the International Court of Justice

Since Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin, and Shelley Wright published their ground-breaking ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law’ in 1991, scholars and advocates have been exploring the interaction between the rights and well-being of women and the promise of international law. The Future of Women’s Engagement with International Law Project aims to define the research agenda for women’s engagement with international law over the next 50 years. The project is convened by ANU College of Law lecturer and CIGJ PhD scholar, Kate Ogg and Sue Harris Rimmer, Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at Griffith Law School. Last week, Sue and Kate hosted a workshop in Brisbane, exploring questions such as:

How 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
  • gender and international law reform; and
  • gender and the beneficiaries of international law?

International law experts who attended included CIGJ Director, Hilary Charlesworth, Chair of the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW, Andrew Byrnes, and Dean of Griffith Law School, Penelope Mathew. Notable among the many lively and challenging presentations were lectures by Dr Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan, and Kamala Chandrakirana, founder of Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence against Women and currently a member of the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice.

On Thursday evening, Kamala and Sue also presented the Griffith Asia Institute ‘Perspectives Asia’ event: ‘Women, Peace and Security in Asia’ at Brisbane’s stunning Gallery of Modern Art. Watch Kamala and Sue’s discussion online here.

24th ANZSIL Conference: ‘International Law of the Everyday: Fieldwork, Friction and Fairness’

ANSILThe 24th Australian & New Zealand Society of International Law Conference will be held at ANU from 30th June until 2nd July. CIGJ’s Anthea Roberts is one of the Conference’s keynote speakers, presenting on the topic, ‘Is International Law International?

A Culture of Rights: Bookclub Details

A Culture of RightsOn 26th July, Andrea Durbach, Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW, and Robyn Morris, from the University of Wollongong, will join Ben Authers at a RegNet Bookclub event to discuss Ben’s new book, A Culture of Rights – Law, Literature, and Canada. The Bookclub, which will run from 12.30-2pm, is open to the public and all are welcome. Please register your attendance here.


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