Performing Legal Order: Some Feminist Thoughts on International Criminal Law

International Criminal Law Review, Vol. 11, pp. 409-423, 2011

16 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2011

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Doris Buss

Carleton University - Department of Law

Date Written: August 18, 2011

Abstract

This article argues that international criminal law, like its domestic counterpart, is a contradictory site for feminist activism. While it offers some important tools for recognising, naming, and giving credence to the realities of women's lives in times of conflict, international criminal law is also a limited and limiting arena for feminist-inspired social change. My objective in this article is to highlight some of those limitations, not to counsel against continuing feminist activism, but to start a conversation about some of the costs, risks and implications for feminist strategy in continuing to work within the structures of international criminal law.

Keywords: international law, international criminal law, criminal law, feminist theory, feminist activism, rape, sexual violence

JEL Classification: K14, K33

Suggested Citation

Buss, Doris, Performing Legal Order: Some Feminist Thoughts on International Criminal Law (August 18, 2011). International Criminal Law Review, Vol. 11, pp. 409-423, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1911920

Doris Buss (Contact Author)

Carleton University - Department of Law ( email )

1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Canada

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