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Conversations: Charlesworth and Chinkin re-examine the boundaries of international law

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  • 15 December 2015
  • Speakers: Professor Hilary Charlesworth and Professor Christine Chinkin
  • Chair: Dr Gina Heathcote, Host: Lucy Reed
  • #LSEWPS

In 2000 ‘The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis’ shone a spotlight on the status of women in human rights and international law. The authors, Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin, took a critical look at the development of international law, arguing that the absence of women had produced a narrow and inadequate jurisprudence that legitimated the unequal position of women rather than confronted it. They called for the boundaries of international law to be redrawn to create more equitable status of women in society.

15 years on, Charlesworth and Chinkin revisit their ground-breaking feminist analysis. What has been achieved, and what challenges remain?

Hilary Charlesworth is professor of International Law and director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice at the Australian National University. Christine Chinkin is emerita professor of International Law and founding Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE. Professors’ Charlesworth and Chinkin have collaborated on projects relating to women and international law since they met in Australia in the 1980s. In 2006 they were jointly awarded the American Society of International Law’s Goler T Butcher Medal in recognition of ‘outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law’.

Gina Heathcote (chair) Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies in the School of Law, at SOAS. Lucy Reed is a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  

This event iwas part of the Women, Peace and Security Conversations series produced by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. It was generously hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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  Hilary Charlesworth    Christine Chinkin

The Boundaries of International Law: A Feminist Analysis

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer