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The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series is an outlet for academic arguments, position papers and policy briefs. It showcases work in progress by academics and researchers from any discipline and sector in the field of women, peace and security research and practice. The editors welcome new submissions.

  • Content: Flexible, including preliminary research findings, position papers and policy briefs.
  • Length: Academic papers should be no more than 8000 words, including a 250 word abstract and footnotes. Policy briefs may be shorter, around 2000 words.
  • Structure: to include an abstract. Headings and subheadings are encouraged.
  • Style: Academic or policy oriented, but accessible to the non-specialist reader and carefully grounded in scholarly literature where appropriate.
  • References: Sequentially numbered footnotes. The series uses Chicago style, it would therefore be preferable if authors used this format; there is no need to provide a separate bibliography.
  • Review: Papers will be reviewed by two members of the LSE Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series editorial board.
  • Publication: Papers will be published in PDF on the LSE Women, Peace and Security website and LSE Research Online, with a limited print run.
  • Public engagement: Authors are encouraged to write a post (750-1200 words) for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security blog to introduce their paper to a wider audience.

 The LSE Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series editorial board is led by Dr Paul Kirby and Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd.

Submissions should be sent by email only to women.peace.security@lse.ac.uk.

Submissions must be in a Word document (not PDF), including the title, the names of the author(s), email address for correspondence, abstract with keywords, and the month and year of submission.


Exposing the Gender Myth of Post Conflict Transition:The transformative power of economic and social rights Christine Chinkin and Madeleine Rees show how human rights and in particular economic, social and cultural rights, which are vital to the organisation of the international system but increasingly ignored in practice, can be used to support a theory of change. NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, October 2016. Read the Article
The Futures of Women, Peace and Security is a special issue of International Affairs, Europe's leading journal of international relations. The issue, published March 2016, features contributions from Visiting Fellows Dr Paul Kirby   and Dr Laura Shepherd
Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala  Read Lucia Mazzuca and Keina Yoshida's article on a groundbreaking judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Oxford Human Rights Hub, 10 August 2016.
Part I: Gender Stereotypes and Lack of Justice   I Part II: Femicide in Guatemala
Can gender training change military culture? Read about Aiko Holvikivi's research in Gender training for the troops. Holvikivi is looking at how different countries and organisations such as the UN and NATO approach gender training, and the effect it has on the armed forces and their relations with the civilian population. Aiko Holvikivi is a PhD candidate in the Gender Institute with supervision from Dr Marsha Henry, deputy director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. 
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 'Why we support the PSVI' (17 June 2015) Christine Chinkin and Madeleine Rees respond to criticisms of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, explaining why the global summit of 2014 was the entry, not the end point.
WPS in Iraq
Women, Peace and Security in Iraq  This report by Zeynep Kaya provides an assessment of the Iraqi National Action Plan for the implementation of UN Security Resolution 1325. LSE Middle East Centre, August 2016. Read the report 
Christine Chinkin
Regional Approaches to Combating Violence against Women: The Istanbul Convention Christine Chinkin on the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women. Speaking notes for a talk delivered at our knowledge exchange workshop on 4 February 2016. Read the notes   (PDF)
Christine Chinkin
Women, Peace and Security: What does it mean in the contemporary world? on 15 February 2016, Centre Director, Professor Christine Chinkin, delivered the keynote address at the launch of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security  in Oslo, Norway. Read the transcript (PDF)
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Towards a Fuller Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda Lucía Mazzuca on the Global Study of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the opportunity provided by new UNSCR 2242. Read the briefing (PDF)
Baroness Joyce Anelay
No Shame in Justice: Addressing stigma against survivors to end sexual violence in conflict zones was co-authored by Hilary Stauffer  and Erica Hall of World Vision. On 3 December, Baroness Joyce Anelay, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, spoke at the report launch at the Centre. Read the report (PDF)
What next for the UK Women, Peace and Security agenda? On 9 November, together with Women for Women International UK and the UK Gender Action for Peace and Security network (GAPS) we convened a workshop to discuss the committments made by the UK Government at the Open Debate at the UN in October. Read the summary report (PDF) I Storify of the event I Social media round up from Women for Women International
LSE Pro Bno a
The LSE Law Pro Bono Matters team submitted a report to the UN expert panel reviewing the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325,   arguing that seeing 1325 and its Recommendations as part of the international legal framework, rather than as isolated political statements, would allow them to be understood as part of a body of obligations to uphold human rights at all stages of conflict. Read the report  (PDF)

 Working Papers


#1: Otto on WPS and the Security Council

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#2: Hagen on LGBTQ and WPS 
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#3: Forestier on rape under Assad Regime
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Temporary Shelter in Nepal
#4: Yadav on Nepal's National Action Plan