Chinkin, Christine

Professor Christine Chinkin  


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Professor of International Law


Experience keywords:

United Nations law; dispute resolution; feminist legal issues; human rights law and institutions; international dispute resolution; international human rights; public international law; women's human rights

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Current research interests are gender and post-conflict reconstruction; the political and legal aspects of human security; and the application of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1979 by CEDAW and by the UK government.

I am currently a member of the Kosovo Human Rights Advisory Panel, constituted by UNMIK, and in that connection also carry out research on the application of human rights standards by United Nations' missions.

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Chinkin, Christine (2017) Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence has the potential to drive cultural change in Colombia Women, Peace and Security (4 May 2017) Blog entry

Chinkin, Christine and Kaldor, Mary (2017) International law and new wars Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781316759868


Rees, Madeleine and Chinkin, Christine (2016) Exposing the gendered myth of post conflict transition: the transformative power of economic and social rights New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, 48 (4). 1211-1226. ISSN 0028-7873

Perrons, Diane and Lacey, Nicola and Phillips, Anne and Wearing, Sadie and Ashtiany, Saphieh and Biressi, Anita and Carter, Cynthia and Chakrabarti, Shami and Chinkin, Christine and Couldry, Nick and Criado-Perez, Caroline and DeLargy, Pamela and Dobbs, Linda and Harris, Scarlett and Himmelweit, Susan and Jenkins, Kate and Kabeer, Naila and Lovenduski, Joni and Manning, Alan and Murray, Rainbow and Negra, Diane and Neitzert, Eva and Orgad, Shani and Plomien, Ania and Sen, Purna and Spicer, Harriet and Starmer, Keir (2016) Confronting gender inequality: findings from the LSE commission on gender, inequality and power London School of Economics and Political Science, Gender Institute, London, UK.


Chinkin, Christine (2014) Addressing violence against women in the commonwealth within states' obligations under international law Commonwealth Law Bulletin, 40 (3). 471-501. ISSN 1750-5976


Charlesworth, Hilary and Chinkin, Christine (2013) The creation of UN Women RegNet research paper series, Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), Canberra, Australia.

Chinkin, Christine and Kaldor, Mary (2013) Gender and new wars Journal of International Affairs, 67 (1). 167-187. ISSN 0022-197X


Chinkin, Christine (2012) Rethinking legality/legitimacy after the Iraq War In: Juergensmeyer, Mark and Falk, Richard and Popovski, Vesselin, (eds.) Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 219-247. ISBN 9780199781584

Chinkin, Christine (2012) Accesso a la justicia, género y derechos humanos In: Chinkin, Christine and et al., , (eds.) Violencia De Género: Estrategias De Litigio Para la Defensa De Los Derechos De las Mujeres. Ministerio Publico de la Defensa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 17-49. ISBN 9789872252250

Freeman, Marsha and Chinkin, Christine and Rudolf, Beate (2012) The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women: a commentary Oxford commentaries on international law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199565061


Chinkin, Christine and Rangelov, Iavor (2011) A bottom-up approach to redressing past violations of human rights In: Kostovicova, Denisa and Glasius, Marlies, (eds.) Bottom-Up Politics: an Agency-Centred Approach to Globalisation. Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK, 112-126. ISBN 9780230280328

Chinkin, Christine and Gordon, Jane (2011) The UK CEDAW story European Human Rights Law Review (3). 274-293. ISSN 1361-1526

Chinkin, Christine (2011) International dispute resolution, with specific attention to China In: Collected Courses of the Xiamen Academy of International Law. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, 211-307. ISBN 9789004233416


Chinkin, Christine (2010) Sources In: Moeckli, Daniel and Shah, Sangeeta and Sivakumaran, Sandesh, (eds.) International Human Rights Law. Oxford University Press, New York, 103-123. ISBN 9780199560257

Chinkin, Christine (2010) The CEDAW committee and violence against women In: di Stefano, Adriana, (ed.) Gender Issues and International Legal Standards. ED.IT Press, Florence, Italy, 3-24. ISBN 9788889726495

Chinkin, Christine (2010) International humanitarian law, human rights and the UK courts In: Boisson de Chazournes, Laurence and Kohen, Marcelo G., (eds.) International Law and the Quest for Its Implementation: Liber Amicorum Vera Gowlland-Debbas. Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789004177147

Chinkin, Christine (2010) U.N. Human Rights Council fact-finding missions: lessons from Gaza In: Arsanjani, M. and Cogan, J. and Sloane, R. and Wiessner, S., (eds.) Looking to the Future: Essays on International Law in Honor of W. Michael Reisman. Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, 475-498. ISBN 9789004173613


Chinkin, Christine (2009) Gender-related violence and international criminal law and justice In: Cassese, Antonio, (ed.) The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice. Oxford University Press, New York, 75-81. ISBN 9780199238323

Chinkin, Christine (2009) Effective remedies for all: universalizing criminal justice In: van Genugten, W. and Scharf, M. and Radin, S., (eds.) Criminal Jurisdiction 100 Years After the 1907 Hague Peace Conference - 2007 Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of In. Asser Press, The Hague, 20-26. ISBN 9789067042802

Chinkin, Christine and Tomuschat, C. and Ronzitti, N. (2009) Panel discussion: has international law civilized conflicts since 1907? In: Giegerich, Thomas and Heinz, Ursula E., (eds.) A Wiser Century?: Judicial Dispute Settlement, Disarmament and the Laws of War 100 Years After the Second Hague Peace Conference. Veroffentlichungen der Walther Schucking Instituts fur Internationales Recht an der Universitat Kiel, Kiel, Germany, 509-520. ISBN 9783428530403


Chinkin, Christine (2008) Jus cogens, article 103 of the UN Charter and other hierarchical techniques of conflict solution In: Creutz, Katja and Klabbers, Jan, (eds.) Finnish Yearbook of International Law. Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, 63-82. ISBN 9789004171725

Chinkin, Christine (2008) The continuing occupation?: issues of joint and several liability and effective control In: Shiner, Phil and Williams, Andrew, (eds.) The Iraq War and International Law. Hart Publishing Ltd., Portland, OR, 161-185. ISBN 9781841136691

Chinkin, Christine (2008) Laws of occupation. In: Conference on Multilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as a case study hosted by the South African Department of Foreign Affairs and the University of Pretoria, 4 - 5 December 2008, Pretoria, South Africa


Boyle, Alan and Chinkin, Christine (2007) The making of international law Foundations of public international law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199248193

Downes, David and Rock, Paul and Chinkin, Christine and Gearty, Conor, eds (2007) Crime, social control and human rights: from moral panics to states of denial Willan Publishing, Cullompton, UK. ISBN 9781843922285

Boyle, Alan and Chinkin, Christine (2007) UNCLOS III and the process of international law-making In: Ndiaye, T. M. and Wolfrum, R., (eds.) Law of the Sea, Environmental Law and Settlement of Disputes: Liber Amicorum Judge Thomas A. Mensah. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands, 371-388. ISBN 9789004161566

Albrecht, Ulrich and Chinkin, Christine and Collantes Celador, Gemma and Flechtner, Stefanie and Glasius, Marlies and Kaldor, Mary and Kiljunen, Kimmo and Klabbers, Jan and Kuper, Jenny and Licht, Sonia and Lotti, Flavio and Reinhardt, Klaus and Schmeder, Genevieve and Seifter, Pavel and Serra, Narcis and Weisskirchen, Gert (2007) A European way of security: the Madrid Report of the Human Security Study Group Human Security Study Group, Madrid, Spain.


Chinkin, Christine (2006) Article 62 In: Zimmermann, Andreas and Oellers-Frahm, Karin and Tomuschat, Christian and Tams, Christian and Thienel, Tobias, (eds.) The Statute of the International Court of Justice: a Commentary. Oxford commentaries on international law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199261772

Chinkin, Christine (2006) Article 63 In: Zimmermann, Andreas and Oellers-Frahm, Karin and Tomuschat, Christian and Tams, Christian and Thienel, Tobias, (eds.) The Statute of the International Court of Justice: a Commentary. Oxford commentaries on international law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199261772

Chinkin, Christine (2006) An international law framework with respect to international peace and security In: Glasius, Marlies and Kaldor, Mary, (eds.) A Human Security Doctrine for Europe. Routledge advances in international relations and global politics. Routledge, Oxford, UK, 173-199. ISBN 9780415367455


Chinkin, Christine and Wright, Shelley and Charlesworth, Hilary (2005) Feminist approaches to international law: reflections from another century In: Buss, Doris and Manji, Ambreena, (eds.) International Law: Modern Feminist Approaches. Hart Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK, 17-47. ISBN 9781841134277


Chinkin, Christine (2004) Post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation In: Coomaraswamy, Radhika and Fonseka, Dilrukshi, (eds.) Peace Work: Women, Armed Conflict and Negotiation. Women Unlimited, 208-237. ISBN 9788188965083

Charlesworth, Hilary and Chinkin, Christine (2004) Regulating international law In: Parker, Christine and Scott, Colin and Lacey, Nicola and Braithwaite, John, (eds.) Regulating Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 246-268. ISBN 9780199264070

Albrecht, Ulrich and Chinkin, Christine and Dervis, Kemal and Dwan, Renata and Giddens, Anthony and Gnesotto, Nicole and Kaldor, Mary and Licht, Sonia and Pronk, Jan and Reinhardt, Klaus and Schmeder, Genevieve and Seifter, Pavel and Serra, Narcis (2004) A human security doctrine for Europe: the Barcelona Report of the Study Group on Europe's Security Capabilities Study Group on Europe’s Security Capabilities, Barcelona, Spain.

Banda, Fareda and Chinkin, Christine (2004) Gender, minorities and indigenous peoples Minority Rights Group International, London, UK. ISBN 1904584225


Chinkin, Christine (2003) The language of human rights law In: Turner, Caroline and Sever, Nancy, (eds.) Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights. Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 13-16. ISBN 0958155933

Chinkin, Christine (2003) Sexual harassment: an international law perspective In: MacKinnon, Catharine A. and Siegel, Reva B., (eds.) Directions in Sexual Harassment Law. Yale University Press, USA, 655-671. ISBN 9780300098006

Chinkin, Christine (2003) Feminist reflections on international criminal law In: Zimmermann, Andreas, (ed.) International Criminal Law and the Current Development of Public International Law. Duncker and Humblot, 125-160. ISBN 9783428110919

Chinkin, Christine (2003) Women, nationality and citizenship Women2000 and beyond, UN Division for the Advancement of Women, New York, USA. ISBN 9211302110

Chinkin, Christine (2003) Peace agreements as a means for promoting gender equality and ensuring participation of women United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women.


Astor, Hilary and Chinkin, Christine (2002) Dispute resolution in Australia 2nd, LexisNexis Butterworths, North Ryde, Australia. ISBN 0409311294

Charlesworth, Hilary and Chinkin, Christine (2002) Sex, gender, and September 11 American Journal of International Law, 96 (3). 600-605. ISSN 0002-9300

Chinkin, Christine and Mackenzie, R. (2002) Intergovernmental organizations as "friends of the court" In: Boisson de Chazournes, L. and Romano, C. and Mackenzie, R., (eds.) International Organizations and International Dispute Settlement: Trends and Prospects. Transnational Publishers, Ardsley, New York, USA, 135-164. ISBN 9781571052681


Chinkin, Christine (2001) Gender mainstreaming in legal and constitutional affairs Gender management system. Commonwealth secretariat, London, UK. ISBN 9780850926538

Chinkin, Christine (2001) Alternatives to economic sanctions In: Gowlland-Debbas, Vera, (ed.) United Nations Sanctions and International Law. Kluwer Law International, The Hague, The Netherlands, 381-392. ISBN 9789041116031

Chinkin, Christine (2001) Women's international tribunal on Japanese military sexual slavery American Journal of International Law, 95 (2). 335-340. ISSN 0002-9300

Knop, Karen and Chinkin, Christine (2001) Remembering Chrystal Macmillan: women's equality and nationality in international law Michigan Journal of International Law, 22 (4). 523-585. ISSN 1052-2867

Chinkin, Christine and Paradine, Kate (2001) Vision and reality: democracy and citizenship of women in the Dayton peace accords Yale Journal of International Law, 26. 103-178. ISSN 0889-7743

Chinkin, Christine (2001) Cultural relativism and international law In: Howland, Courtney W., (ed.) Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women. St. Martin's Press, New York, USA, 55-66. ISBN 9780312293062

Chinkin, Christine (2001) The United Nations Decade for the Elimination of Poverty: what role for international law? Current Legal Problems, 54 (1). 553-589. ISSN 0070-1998

Chinkin, Christine (2001) Human rights and the politics of representation: is there a role for international law? In: Byers, Michael, (ed.) The Role of Law in International Politics: Essays in International Relations and International Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 131-148. ISBN 9780199244027


Chinkin, Christine and Charlesworth, Hilary (2000) The boundaries of international law: a feminist analysis Melland Schill studies in international law. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK. ISBN 9780719037399

Aldrich, George H. and Chinkin, Christine (2000) Introduction [symposium: the Hague peace conferences] American Journal of International Law, 94 (1). 1-3. ISSN 0002-9300

Aldrich, George H. and Chinkin, Christine (2000) A century of achievement and unfinished work American Journal of International Law, 94 (1). 90-98. ISSN 0002-9300

Chinkin, Christine (2000) Women's rights are human rights In: Pentikäinen, M., (ed.) Eu-China Dialogue Perspectives on Human Rights: With Special Reference to Women. University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland. ISBN 9789516347243

Chinkin, Christine (2000) Normative development in the international legal system In: Shelton, Dinah, (ed.) Commitment and Compliance: the Role of Non-Binding Norms in the International Legal System. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 21-42. ISBN 9780198298083

Chinkin, Christine (2000) The legality of NATO's action in the former republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) under international law International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 49 (4). 910-925. ISSN 0020-5893

Chinkin, Christine (2000) The state that acts alone: bully, good samaritan or iconoclast? European Journal of International Law, 11 (1). 31-41. ISSN 0938-5428


Chinkin, Christine (1999) Kosovo: a 'good' or 'bad' war? American Journal of International Law, 93 (4). 841-847. ISSN 0002-9300

Chinkin, Christine and Kessedjian, Catherine (1999) The legal relationship between the proposed UNIDROIT convention and its equipment-specific protocols Uniform Law Review, 4 (2). 323-334. ISSN 1124-3694

Chinkin, Christine (1999) United Kingdom House of Lords: Regina v. Bow Street stipendiary magistrate, ex parte Pinochet Ugarte American Journal of International Law, 93 (3). ISSN 0002-9300

Chinkin, Christine (1999) Gender inequality and international human rights law In: Hurrell, Andrew and Woods, Ngaire, (eds.) Inequality, Globalization, and World Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 95-121. ISBN 9780198295679

Chinkin, Christine (1999) A critique of the public/private dimension European Journal of International Law, 10 (2). 387-395. ISSN 0938-5428


Chinkin, Christine (1993) Third parties in international law Oxford monographs in international law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198257158

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Christine Chinkin is Professor of International Law at the LSE and a barrister, a member of Matrix Chambers. Together with H. Charlesworth, she won the American Society of International Law, 2005 Goler T. Butcher Medal 'for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law'. She is an Overseas Affiliated Faculty Member, University of Michigan and has been a Scholar in Residence for Amnesty International (2005), as well as Visiting Professor at Columbia University (2004) and at the Arts and Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2003).

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