Learning the Lessons: What Feminist Legal Theory Teaches International Human Rights Law and Practice
Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain
University of Minnesota Law School; University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute
June 3, 2009
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-18
Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 09-05
In the contemporary international moment, as the long-term impact of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to shape and redefine international legal and political rules, this analysis pauses to reflect on the gendered elements which ground international legal norms. As an international legal scholar I focus on how feminist legal theory can be applied to the present, and how insights gleaned in domestic legal contexts (significantly though not exclusively within western states) are relevant to the experiences of women in multiple jurisdictional and cultural environments. My concluding observations are specifically drawn from societies emerging from war and repression, and ruminate on the experiences of women in those contexts.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: gender, rule of law, transitional justice, equality, public/private, social change, conflict, repression
Date posted: June 5, 2009
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