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Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary International Law: Between Resistance and Compliance?

Edited by: Sari Kouvo, Zoe Pearson

ISBN13: 9781849466585
Published: October 2014
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2011)
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The essays in this volume analyse feminism's positioning vis-à-vis international law and the current paradigms of international law. The authors argue that, willingly or unwillingly, feminist perspectives on international law have come to be situated between 'resistance' and 'compliance'. That is, feminist scholarship aims at deconstructing international law to show why and how 'women' have been marginalised; at the same time feminists have been largely unwilling to challenge the core of international law and its institutions, remaining hopeful of international law's potential for women. The analysis is clustered around three themes: the first part, theory and method, looks at how feminist perspectives on international law have developed and seeks to introduce new theoretical and methodological tools (especially through a focus on psychoanalysis and geography). The second part, national and international security, focuses on how feminists have situated themselves in relation to the current discourses of 'crisis', the post-9/11 NGO 'industry' and the changing discourses of violence against women. The third part, global and local justice, addresses some of the emerging trends in international law, focusing especially on transitional justice, state-building, trafficking and economic globalisation.

Public International Law
1. Introduction Sari Kouvo and Zoe Pearson

PART ONE: FEMINIST THEORY AND METHOD IN INTERNATIONAL LAW Navigating Feminisms: At the Margins, in the Mainstreams or Elsewhere? Reflections on Charlesworth, Otomo and Pearson Vanessa Munro
2. Talking to Ourselves? Feminist Scholarship in International Law Hilary Charlesworth
3. Searching for Virtue in International Law Yoriko Otomo
4. Feminist Project(s): The Spaces of International Law Zoe Pearson

Three Feminist Critiques of Varying Feminist Capitulations to Crisis-Hegemony.
Reflections on Otto, Mertus and Grahn-Farley Anna Grear
5. Remapping Crisis through a Feminist Lens Dianne Otto
6. Road Blocks, Blind Spots, Speed Bumps: A Feminist Look at the Post-9/11 Landscape for NGOs Julie Mertus
7. The Politics of Inevitability: An Examination of Janet Halley's Critique of the Criminalisation of Rape as Torture Maria Grahn-Farley

From the Margins to the Mainstream and Back Again: Problems and Paradoxes of Feminist Engagement in Global and Local Justice.
Reflections on Nesiah, Kouvo, Andersson, and Thomas Alice Edwards
8. Missionary Zeal for a Secular Mission: Bringing Gender to Transitional Justice and Redemption to Feminism Vasuki Nesiah
9. Taking Women Seriously? Conflict, State-building and Gender in Afghanistan Sari Kouvo
10. Trafficking in Human Beings: Vulnerability, Criminal Law and Human Rights Ulrika Andersson
11. Women Workers Take Over Power at the Margins: Economic Resistance, Political Compliance Dania Thomas
12. Concluding (or Beginning?) Thoughts: Postcards to the Future Sari Kouvo and Zoe Pearson