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The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and legitimacy

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  • 26 November 2015
  • Speaker: Louise Chappell
  • Chair: Devika Hovell

The International Criminal Court's statute provides the most advanced articulation of gender justice principles under international law. Now in operation for almost 15 years, it's time to ask: how well has the ICC implemented these principles in practice?

This question drives Louise Chappell's new book The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and Legitimacy (OUP Press 2016). The book provides the first comprehensive review of the implementation of the ICC's groundbreaking gender justice mandate. It argues that — despite significant advances in some areas — the Court’s poor record in prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes reflects continuing legacies and silences of international law and that the Court’s mixed record on gender justice is a risk to its ongoing legitimacy.  

Louise Chappell is Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. Her research and teaching are focused on women’s rights, gender justice and institutional change. She has published widely in these areas and her work has been recognized internationally, including through the award of the best Women and Politics book prize by the American Political Science Association.

Devika Hovell (chair) is Associate Professor in the Department of Law, LSE.

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Cover of 'The Politics of Gender Justice at the ICC'