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Law and Emancipation

By Hilary Charlesworth,

Centre for International Governance and Justice

Hilary Louvain

On 21st April, CIGJ Director Hilary Charlesworth was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Law and Criminology at the Catholic University of Louvain. With Professors Michael Grimaldi from the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and Jonathan Simon from the University of California, Berkeley, Hilary was honoured in a ceremony based on the theme, ‘Law and Emancipation’. This is the address given by Hilary at the conferral ceremony:

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Hilary LouvainLast month CIGJ Director Hilary Charlesworth travelled to Belgium to receive a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Law and Criminology at the Catholic University of Louvain. Along with Professors Michael Grimaldi from the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and Jonathan Simon from the University of California, Berkeley, Hilary was honoured in a ceremony based on the theme of ‘Law and Emancipation’. Her citation for the degree spoke of Hilary’s contributions to the feminist critique of international law, and noted that through her theoretical work and public engagement she has ‘questioned relentlessly, without complacency, but also without defeatism, the emancipatory promise of law’. The award had special significance for Hilary as her father, Professor Max Charlesworth, received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Louvain. Congratulations Hilary!