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

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security



Jane Gordon

Jane Gordon

Legal Director, Sisters For Change

Heisoo Shin

Heisoo Shin

Chair of the Board of Directors of the Korea Center for United Nations Human Rights Policy

Mina Watanabe

Mina Watanabe

Director, Women's Active Museum on War and Peace


Christine Chinkin

Christine Chinkin

Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security


Christine Chinkin

Tina Dolgopol

Adjunct Associate Professor at Flinders University

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: 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’.

Moderator: Tina Dolgopol

Professor Tina Dolgopol is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Flinders University.  Her recent publications have focused on the use of people’s tribunals in the search for justice.  She has written and spoken about the search for redress by the ‘Comfort Women’ for over two decades. During December 2000 she was one of the Chief Prosecutors for the Tokyo Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal.  She has served on several domestic and international boards including the Voices of Women Board (South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services) and the Advisory Board of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (The Hague).


Jane Gordon

Jane Gordon MA (Oxon) LLM (Distinction) is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience working in human rights legal practice and policy. In 2014, Jane co-founded Sisters For Change, an international NGO working to combat discrimination and violence against women. Before SFC, Jane was a human rights legal consultant, advising parliamentary select committees, oversight and regulatory authorities across the UK and Ireland and litigating cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Jane was a Senior Fellow at LSE’s Human Rights Centre and Centre for Women, Peace and Security (2008-2017). In 2013/2014, Jane served as gender advisor to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Twitter: @sisters_4change

Heisoo Shin

Dr Heisoo Shin has been working on women’s human rights for forty years. She successfully led the legislation movements in Korea on sexual and domestic violence, advocated the issue of Japanese military sexual slavery internationally, and served as a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (2001-2008). Currently, she is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Korea Center for United Nations Human Rights Policy and a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She is also working, together with 14 civil society organizations in eight countries, towards inscribing the ‘comfort women’ documents as UNESCO documentary heritage.

Mina Watanabe

Mina Watanabe has been active in the field of women’s rights from 1990’s and was actively involved in the Women’s Tribunal 2000. She was one of the leading figures to establish the Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace (WAM) based in Tokyo in 2005 in order to keep the spirit of the Women’s Tribunal alive and pass on the records and memories of the “comfort women” system. She has been internationally campaigning for the rights of the “comfort women” survivors and written alternative reports for as well as lobbied at the UN human rights institutions. Twitter: @wam_peace

Please note the time displayed is GMT (UK time). This event is also being held on the 10th December at 16:00 (GMT UK time), you can register for the event on the 10th here.

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

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