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Gendered Peace: the legacy of the Tokyo Women's Tribunal

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Online public event


Christine Chinkin

Christine Chinkin

Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Gabrielle K. McDonald

Gabrielle K. McDonald

Founder of Blacks of the American Society of International Law

Indai Sajor

Indai Sajor

IASC Senior Gender Advisor


Louise Arimatsu

Louise Arimatsu

Distinguished Policy Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security


Louise Arimatsu

Patricia Viseur Sellers

International criminal lawyer

Twenty years ago, the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery took place in Tokyo, Japan. Join us for the streaming of a new documentary that reflects on the Tribunal. The documentary commemorates the anniversary by acknowledging the Tribunal as a significant landmark and exploring its legacy. The documentary will be streamed live twice: on December 8 at 09:00 GMT (UK time) and on December 10 at 16:00 GMT (UK time). Each streaming will be followed by a panel discussion with different sets of speakers, who have been involved in the work of the Tribunal and feature in the documentary.

About the speakers:

Introduction: Louise Arimatsu

Dr Louise Arimatsu is Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she works on the AHRC project 'A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security' and the ERC project 'Gendered Peace'. Her current research projects include 'A Feminist Foreign Policy' and 'Women and Weapons'. Twitter: @larimatsu10 

Moderator: Patricia Viseur Sellers

Patricia Viseur Sellers Esq is an international criminal lawyer. She is the Special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Ms. Sellers is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College of the University of Oxford and a Practicing Professor at London School of Economics. She was the Legal Advisor for Gender and a prosecutor at the Yugoslav (ICTY) Tribunal and Rwanda Tribunal (ICTR).


Christine Chinkin

Professor Christine Chinkin CMG FBA is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Professor Chinkin is a leading expert on international law and human rights law, especially the international human rights of women. In 2000, her co-authored, ground-breaking book with Hilary Charlesworth, ‘The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis’ examined the status of women in human rights and international law’. In 2005, in recognition of this and other contributions, Chinkin and Charlesworth were awarded the American Society of International Law, Goler T. Butcher Medal 'for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law’.

Gabrielle K. McDonald

The Honorable Gabrielle Kirk McDonald is a legal pioneer that for fifty years has progressively shaped the development of civil rights law in the United States and international law. Graduating first in her class from Howard University School of Law, she joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund advocating for the enforcement of civil rights for Black Americans. She was appointed to the U.S. District Court, becoming only the third African-American woman to join the federal judiciary. In 1993 Judge McDonald was one of the first eleven judges elected by the United Nations to serve on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, becoming its president in 1997. Thereafter, she joined the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, until her retirement in 2013. As the founder of the Blacks of the American Society of International Law, she continues to seek equal opportunities for Blacks in international law.

Indai Sajor

Indai Sajor has over thirty years of experience working in countries in war and conflict in Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East. She was the Programme Manager of UNDP Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan directing gender equality, SGBV and governance law projects. She was awarded the Rockefeller Fellow on Human Security by City University of New York and Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Award by the University of Toronto. She served as co-convener of the internationally recognized Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery, an international law landmark initiative that recognized sexual slavery as a crime against humanity. She was a Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica teaching Gender and Peacebuilding 2004-2009.

Please note this event starts at 16:00 (GMT). This event is also being held on the 8th December at 09:00am (GMT UK time), you can register for the event on the 8th here

Image credit: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

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