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This subject examines the way that international law regulates women in both war and peace-building. It will study the way that legal principles position women in the areas of international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international human rights law. The subject will also investigate developments in the United Nations Security Council dealing with sexual violence in conflict and women’s participation in conflict resolution and post-conflict peace-building.
Principal topics include:
- An analysis of the way that international law depicts women in conflict, including as civilians, victims, survivors, refugees, widows, combatants and peace-makers
- The Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their 1977 Additional Protocols
- Human rights law relating to women’s rights during armed conflict and in its aftermath
- Accountability of the United Nations for the activities of peacekeeping forces
- International criminal law relating to women
- The impact of the United Nations Security Council ‘women, peace and security’ agenda
- The role played by international non-government organisations (NGOs)
- The challenges facing women in post-conflict peace-building.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the international legal principles that regulate women in war and peace-building
- Be able to critically examine, analyse, interpret and assess the effectiveness of these legal rules
- Be an engaged participant in debate regarding emerging and contemporary issues in the field, such as the role of the United Nations Security Council’s women, peace and security agenda.
- Have a sophisticated appreciation of developments in international criminal law, including the work of the International Criminal Court, with respect to crimes against women
- Have an advanced understanding of systems of accountability of United Nations peacekeepers
- Have the cognitive and technical skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating the regulation of women’s roles in war and peace-building and to critically evaluate existing legal theories, principles and concepts with creativity and autonomy
- Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse the regulation of women’s roles in war and peace-building
- Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding the regulation of women’s roles in war and peace-building to relevant specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Be able demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of the regulation of women’s roles in war and peace-building.
Last updated: 3 November 2022