Write On! Call for Papers- Gender on the Bench


PluriCourts/IntLawGrrls are proud to announce a conference on Gender on the Bench scheduled in the Hague January/February 2018.   At present, women judges make up an average of 17% of international courts and tribunals.  There is significant disparity regarding the participation of women on the bench of different international legal regimes.  This conference seeks to promote a higher level of understanding of both current challenges and best practices in promoting women onto international courts.  We seek to include papers addressing various topics, including:

Whether gender affects the interpretation of legal principles, facts, precedent, rules of procedure, rules of evidence, etc.?

Whether women judges exhibit a higher or lower level of judicial restraint in participation in oral hearings, written decisions, separate concurring opinions, and dissent opinions? Does the time on the bench since appointment impact lower or higher restraint?

How does being the first female or only female judge change the behavior of those judges? How does it change the behavior of other male judges?  Do other social identities, e.g. nationality, ethnicity, or language impact the influence and behavior of judges?

How does the judge’s particular expertise impact her participation and output? Does her expertise matter more for particular legal regimes (e.g. human rights as opposed to trade law)?

Do women judges tend to have different experience from male judges before their appointment to tribunals? (e.g. background in human rights v. criminal law court background)

How do women judges describe their roles in interviews, speeches, articles, etc. outside the court?

Do some areas of international law call for legalistic and professional-socialization modes of judicial decision-making while others permit application of realistic, personal discretion modes of decisionmaking?

How can we address intersectionality and other kinds of diversity? What regions in the world are women judges coming from and why?

What impact have female judges had on different legal regimes? Are they continuing to influence their fields?

Understanding internal politics- what cases are female judges chosen for? What roles are they awarded at the court?

Why women are underrepresented in the practice of international commercial and investment arbitration, as well as trade law and law of the sea?

Why do parties, law firms, and arbitral institutions, when tasked with selecting a chairperson, do not pick women for that role?

Are there best practices in terms of mentoring, gatekeeping, and sponsoring women on the path towards the international bench?

Are female judges interrupted more than male judges? Do judges ever defer to their areas of expertise?

How does the media portray female judges?


Papers on related topics are welcome!


Please submit an abstract and CV to: c.m.bailliet@jus.uio.no

Final Date for Submission of Abstract and CV: March 2017


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