The Post-Postcolonial Woman or Child

12 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2014 Last revised: 24 Oct 2015

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Diane Marie Amann

University of Georgia School of Law

Date Written: April 28, 2014


This essay is based on remarks given as Distinguished Discussant for the 16th annual Grotius Lecture at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law/Biennial Conference of the International Law Association. The essay examines the international law status of women, on the one hand, and children, on the other, through the contemporary lens of the post-postcolonial world and the historical lens of Hugo Grotius and the colonialist era. In so doing, the essay responds to the principal Grotius Lecture, "Women and Children: The Cutting Edge of International Law," which was delivered by Radhika Coomarswamy, NYU Global Professor of Law and former Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Children & Armed Conflict and U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.

Keywords: colonialism, postcolonialism, Hugo Grotius, international law, women, children, International Criminal Court, United Nations, social and economic rights, human rights, peace, armed conflict, Security Council, child soldiers

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K14, K33, K19, K40, K42, K41

Suggested Citation

Amann, Diane Marie, The Post-Postcolonial Woman or Child (April 28, 2014). American University International Law Review, Forthcoming, UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-16, Dean Rusk International Center Research Paper No. 2015-06, Available at SSRN:

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