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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

Visions of Feminist Peace

 A virtual programme exploring feminist peace

To mark the 40th anniversary of the launch of CEDAW, the 20th anniversary of the Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, and 25 years since the Declaration and Platform for Action at the conclusion of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the AHRC-funded Feminist International Law of Peace and Security (FILPS) project is organising a series of virtual events in collaboration with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom to build on visions of a feminist peace.

Through a programme of digital outputs, Visions of Feminist Peace brings together academics, advocates, practitioners, activists, artists, and students to showcase the plurality of peace visions, experiences, and discontents. The programme – featuring webinars, performances and interviews – aims to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary, inclusive, intergenerational feminist visions of peace. Using digital technologies to connect with people across the world, the programme will promote knowledge and experience exchange and hopes to build solidarity within a global community

You can register your interest and sign-up to receive updates here. 

 

Workshops and events 

  • Rethinking peace from a queer feminist perspective
    26.09.2019

    Visiting expert, Professor Di Otto from the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne, gave a public lecture supported by the project titled 'Rethinking peace from a queer feminist perspective', which was also chaired by the PI Prof Christine Chinkin. 
  • Foreign relations from the ground up
    24.09.2019

    The project supported a seminar with Professor Karen Knop, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, titled 'Foreign relations from the ground up' at the LSE Library.
  • Gender, Nature, Peace workshops

    In 2019, Dr Keina Yoshida held two workshops (in London and Bogota, in partnership with Universidad del Rosario) on her AHRC supported research project 'Gender, Nature, Peace' to explore research gaps between issues of environmental conflict, gender, and peacebuilding. The workshops brought together academics and civil society stakeholders. 

    You can read our blog series on this topic here. 
  • Workshop on an alternative Security Council resolution
    19.09.2019

    In this workshop, team members brought together international legal experts to begin the process of drafting an alternative Security Council resolution on Women, Peace & Security. What would a feminist resolution look like? You can find the concept note of the workshop here.

    A draft of the alternative resolution will be launched in September 2020. 

  • Where would be today with CEDAW?
    28.05.2019

    The event “Where Would Women Be Without CEDAW” focused on violence against women and girls and holding governments to account, following a public lecture by Mauritian Supreme Justice and CEDAW member, Aruna Narain. The two sessions celebrated CEDAW’s successes, assessed its limitations, and looked towards the future, recognising the important work that still must be carried out. Read the blog about this event here
  • Women's Peace Activism: Iran, Iraq, Syria
    03.05.2019

    The project, in partnership with the LSE Library, supported the public seminar 'Women's Peace Activism: Iran, Iraq, Syria', with speakers Nina Ansary, Zeynep Kaya and Laila Alodaat; and was chaired by Co-PI Dr Louise Arimatsu. This event also contributed to the ongoing partnership between the project and the LSE Library in disseminating knowledge on this topic and engaging in knowledge exchange among academia, policymakers, and professional practitioners. 
  • Are we asking the right questions? Reframing peace and security
    2019

    Louise Arimatsu and Christine Chinkin were in conversation with the General Secretary of the Women's League for International Peace and Freedom, Madeleine Rees OBE in an event co-hosted by Feminist International Law of Peace Project and the LSE Library. The conversation explored questions that are asked about peace and war in particular whether the different lived experiences of men and women in conflict mean that different questions are asked and what important implications follow.

    You can read Christine Chinkin's blog on the event here.
  • Women and Weapons
    2019

    This public event launched the FILPS project and explored the ways in which feminists engage with questions of arms control and disarmament. Speakers were Ray Acheson, Dr Renata Dwan and Rebecca Johnson.

    You can listen to the recording of Women and Weapons here
  • Feminist Peace workshop (Manchester)
    2018

    This workshop brought together a group of experts drawn from a range of  disciplines (international law, media studies, gender studies), from different countries (Australia, Northern Ireland, the Gambia, Japan) to begin a conversation and to think about and interrogate the idea of ‘peace’ through the prism of feminist methodologies, enabling us to craft an enriched reading of what is implicated by the term under international law.

External engagements

  • Draft General Recommendation on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration: Written Comments 
    05.2020

    Following the CEDAW Committee's call for comments on their draft recommendation on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration, Prof Christine Chinkin and Keina Yoshida (LSE) and Gema Fernandez (Women's Link Worldwide) submitted their comments.

    Comments from States, NGOs and other stakeholders can be found online here
  • Atmospheres of violence: conflict, gender and environmental rights
    10.03.2020

    FILPS researcher Dr Keina Yoshida was a pannelist at this British Academy event as part of their Sustainable Futures season. 
  • Challenging the Arms Trade
    20.02.2020

    Project Co-PI Louise Arimatsu chaired the LSE Library event 'Challenging the Arms Trade', an event that looked at the arms trade, with a focus on the UK, over the past four decades and see how opposition to it has been growing. 

  • Better Human podcast
    23.12.2019

    Dr Keina Yoshida was a guest on an episode of the Better Human podcast titled 'Why climate change is a human rights emergency'.

    You can listen to the podcast here
  • WILPF seminar 'Women Go Green For Peace'
    23.11.2019

    On 23 November 2019, Keina Yoshida spoke at WILPF UK’s conference on Women Go Green for Peace held at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS. The event addressed the intersections of feminism, environmental preservation and pacificism and included speakers such as Kate Metcalf (Women’s Environmental Network), H.E. Dr Adrienne Diop (ECOWAS gender expert) and Dr Margot Okazawa-Rey (Women for Genuine Security). The event presented an opportunity to share research from the Gender, Nature and Peace project and to discuss the implications of conflict for the environment and the impact that it has on women’s lives. 
    You can read more information about this event here.
  • Arms control, disarmament and the Women, Peace and Security agenda
    12.09.2019

    Prof Christine Chinkin was invited to speak at a meeting with United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research of the International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group. The audience comprised of ambassadors from a number of countries and Prof Chinkin spoke about Disarmament and Women, Peace and Security. 

    You can read the notes of Christine's lecture here.
  • Making international law work for women post-conflict: new voices
    26-27.11.2019

    Three members of the research team participated in this event hosted by The Open University - Prof Christine Chinkin, Dr Louise Arimatsu and Dr Keina Yoshida. Prof Chinkin and Dr Arimatsu were commentators on papers during the workshop. Dr Keina Yoshida gave a paper title 'The Nature of Women, Peace and Security' at the above named conference, held at Amnesty International, Human Rights Action Centre, London.

    This talk contributed to the working paper 'The nature of Women, Peace and Security' (published 2019).

    You can find Keina Yoshida's paper 'The Nature of Women, Peace and Security' here.

  • CEDAW Committee on the United Kingdom
    25.02.2019

    Dr Keina Yoshida attended the 72nd  Session of CEDAW Committee’s examination of the United Kingdom, with the Centre for Women’s Justice.
  • Women's Human Rights Summit
    20.11.2018

    Chief Investigator Professor Christine Chinkin gave the keynote address at the opening session of the Women’s Human Rights Summit of the XXIII Congress of the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers hosted by the Portuguese Association of Women in Legal Careers. Professor Chinkin discussed the Istanbul Convention as an effective tool for combatting violence against women and seeking sustainable peace.
  • Working Group meeting
    14.09.2018

    At this workshop, project team members met with international legal scholars to discuss how peace has appeared in international law and elaborate on a vision of feminist peace. 

    You can find a summary of the discussion at this workshop on our blog, here.

Publications

Blogs

The Feminist International Law of Peace and Security project has contributed numerous blogs to the LSE WPS Centre blog that explore women and peace, women and security, gender and peacebuilding and gender and contemporary forms of violence. Recent blogs have covered In times of crisis,  How feminist research will help solve the climate crisis, Reproductive violence and forced recruitment: Colombia's ex-combatant women and girls and Smashing the patriarchy: why international law should be doing more

Part of the Feminist International Law of Peace and Security project is to support interdisciplinary discussion around the project's core themes and we welcome blog contributions that contribute towards this discussion. To read our Feminist International Law of Peace and Security blogs and submit your idea for a blog please see our Call for Blogs. 

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.

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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.