Write On! Call for Papers: The Future of Women’s Engagement with International Law

June 23-24, 2016
Brisbane, Queensland Australia

We are seeking expressions of interest from scholars to attend an international expert meeting at Griffith University in collaboration with the Australian National University Gender Institute and Law School for 23-24 June 2016.

We invite abstracts of 500 words outlining the contribution of an original and critical chapter of up to 8,000 words for publication in the resulting collection by Edward Elgar. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 2.

For accepted speakers, we will cover accommodation at the Stamford Plaza and all meals whilst in Brisbane, including a reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art. (Brisbane was named the hippest city in Australia by Lonely Planet.) International economy airfares may be provided to ECR scholars upon application.

The aim of The Future of Women’s Engagement with International Law project is to bring a new network of scholars together from a diverse group of countries to produce a prestigious high-quality work of lasting significance. The project will attempt to define the research agenda for women’s engagement with international law over the next 50 years. We hope to follow this initial workshop with further meetings, ideally in Bellagio. We expect five international visitors as well as some leading Australian, New Zealand and Pacific scholars, such as Hilary Charlesworth, Andrew Byrne and Judith Gardam. The workshop is timed to coincide with ANZSIL at ANU.

Edward Elgar has commissioned this new Research Handbook in Women and International Law, to be part of its new International Handbooks on Gender, edited by Professor Sylvia Chant. Edward Elgar is a leading international publisher of scholarly legal titles, specializing in original Research Handbooks. The aim is to produce prestigious high-quality works of lasting significance.

Since a seminal article in 1991 (Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin, & Shelly Wright, ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law’, 85 American Journal of International Law 613- 645 (No. 4, 1991), scholars and advocates have been exploring the interaction and potential between the rights and well-being of women and the promise of international law.

Research Questions to be explored at the Workshop include the following:

How can international law increase its relevance, beneficence and impact for women in the developed and developing world?

How can international law deal with a much wider range of issues relevant to women’s lives than it currently does?

What are the next frontiers for:

  • gender and international law making
  • gender and international law reform; and
  • gender and the beneficiaries of international law?

The plan is to bring both leading academics and emerging scholars from as many nations and areas of law as possible to tease out themes for the future research agenda. We have identified the following areas for further examination.

  • Where are the Women in International Law?
  • Women and International Law Making and Enforcement
  • Women as the Subjects of International Law
  • Women and International Law Theory
  • Women and Methodologies in International Law (both legal and academic methodologies)
  • Future Horizons

Please send abstracts to s.harris-rimmer@griffith.edu.au and kate.ogg@anu.edu.au by May 2.


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