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Feminist International Law of Peace and Security

The Feminist International Law of Peace and Security seeks to address the conceptual ambiguities and normative indeterminacy that characterise the UN’s Women Peace and Security agenda. This is especially with respect to the key words – ‘women’, ‘peace’ and ‘security’. The project will interrogate these concepts in order to develop the theoretical foundations and normative content of an international law that can more effectively deliver on gender equality and sustainable peace.

Through distinct research streams the project will examine ‘peace’ and ‘security’ through multi-disciplinary work, gendered analysis and feminist methodologies to develop an enriched understanding of what is implicated by these core concepts of international law and thus to engage the transformative potential of women, peace and security. 

Project Streams 

The project is sub-divided into two streams comprising several interlinking, free-standing projects: 

1. Conceptual Ambiguity 

  • WPS and a Feminist International Law of Peace 
  • Gender, Nature and Peace 
  • Postcards from the Periphery 

2.  Gender and Reimagining Conflict Prevention 

  • Women and Disarmament 
  • Feminist Foreign Policy 
  • Feminist Peace Activism

Seminar Series and Public Events

The project hosts a regular seminar series to enhance knowledge exchange amongst academics and experts from different disciplines, including but not limited to, history, international relations, gender studies, and economics.

In 2020, marking the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the ground breaking Security Council Resolution 1325, the FILPS project will host a Women's Peace Congress.

The series welcomes those working on issues related to the following themes from a feminist perspective:

  • The history of peace under international law
  • The right to peace
  • Women’s activism on peace
  • Women, Peace and Security
  • Peace at the site of multiple disciplines
  • The history of women’s involvement in conflict prevention
  • Women’s narratives on conflict prevention 
  • Feminist foreign policies

The objective is to provide a space at LSE where participants can discuss and share their work and insights. A number of external speakers will also be invited to contribute. 

Project Team

Christine Chinkin
Professor Chinkin Christine Chinkin CMG FBA is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, from where she leads both the 'A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security' and 'Gendered Peace' projects.
Louise Arimatsu
Dr Louise Arimatsu is a Distinguished Policy Fellow and Co-Investigator on both projects, where she leads work on 'A Feminist Foreign Policy' and 'Women and Weapons'.
Dr Keina Yoshida
Dr Keina Yoshida is a Research Officer on the ‘A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security’ project where she is researching links between the environment, the Earth, the gendered causes and impacts of violence against women, and structural inequalities in the context of international legal conceptions of peace and security.
Sarah Smith 200 x 200
Dr Sarah Smith is a Research Officer across the 'Gendered Peace' project, 'A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security' and 'Tackling Violence Against Women'. 



The Feminist International Law of Peace and Security project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.




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