Not available in 2015/16
LL4BZ      Half Unit
International Human Rights of Women: Advanced Issues

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Christine Chinkin NAB 6.15 and Miss Jane Gordon


This course is available on the MSc in Human Rights and Master of Laws. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will be relevant to the following LLM specialisms: Human Rights; Public International Law.

This course is capped at 30 students.


All students must have taken the course An Introduction to the International Human Rights of Women, which is a pre-requisite for this course

Course content

The course builds upon the concepts and ideas introduced in An Introduction to the International Human Rights of Women. It explores some particular areas where women's human rights have been contested and where more advanced legal frameworks have been developed.

Topics include:

Economic, social and cultural rights revisited

The right to education

The right to health and reproductive rights

Combating trafficking in women and girls

Violence against women in armed conflict

Peace processes and women's rights post-conflict

Political participation

The rights of the girl child

Non-state actors and women's human rights

Critiques and Strategies for Change


20 hours of seminars in the LT.

Student participation will be expected. Students are also encouraged to draw upon and share relevant experiences.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 2,000 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

M. Freeman, C. Chinkin and B. Rudolf, The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women A Commentary (Oxford, OUP, 2012)

H. Charlesworth and C. Chinkin, The Boundaries of International Law: A Feminist Analysis (Manchester University Press, 2000), especially chapter 7.

H. Schopp-Schilling (ed), Circle of Empowerment (2007)

F. Banda, Women, Law and Human Rights An African Perspective (Hart, 2005)

Karen Knop (ed.), Gender and Human Rights (OUP, 2004)

D. Buss and A. Manji (eds), International Law Modern Feminist Approaches (Hart Publishing, 2005)

R. Cook (ed.), Human Rights of Women. National and International Perspectives (University of Pennsylvania Press 1994)

A. Edwards, Violence against Women under International Human Rights Law (2011)

Catharine McKinnon, Are Women Human? (2006)


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

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