Women in International Law Network

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ESIL Interest Group on Feminism in International Law and WILNET Joint Networking Event

The European Society of International Law (ESIL) 2018 Annual Conference is organised by the Manchester International Law Centre between 13-15 September 2018. WILNET and the Interest Group on Feminism in International Law of the ESIL are organising a joint event on 13 September to discuss obstacles women face entering the international law field or advancing in their career and how we can inspire new areas of movement in feminist legal futures.

The event will be attended by prominent scholars working on feminism in international law, including Christine Chinkin, Hilary Charlesworth, Louise Arimatsu, Yassin Brunger, Troy Lavers and Loveday Hodson.

The event is open to all and does not require registration to the main Conference. We invite all women international lawyers to attend the event and to share their experiences with fellow participants.

The event will take place at Renold Building, University of Manchester, Room F1 between 9.00 and 12.30. You can find more details about the event here.

If you would like to attend, please register on Eventbrite.

Disarming Women: Women’s Reflection and the Anti-Nuclear Movement from 1945 to the Present Day

The journal DEP, Deportate, Esuli, Profughe (Deportees, Exiles, Refugees) is organising an international conference on the topic of feminist reflection and the anti-nuclear and geoengineering movement on 22-23 November 2018 in Venice.


The conference is divided into two strands. The first strand will focus on the theme of the formation of the women’s anti-nuclear movements and sets out to examine the activists’ motivations in different countries to understand a collective mood, to explore decision-making mechanisms, and to reconstruct methods of dissemination of the aims, including songs, theatrical representations, and fictional works. The second strand will centre on the underlying philosophy of tactics and strategies, on the theoretical reflection that inspired these movements.


The deadline for abstract submission is 7 July 2018. Further information can be found here.

Making international law work for women post-conflict: new voices 26-27 November 2018

The Open University is organising a workshop, ‘Making international law work for women post conflict: new voices’, which seeks to bring together early career researchers to explore new perspectives on international law, women and post-conflict situations.

The workshop is to be held at Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre in London on 26-27 November 2018.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10am GMT on Monday 25 June 2018.

For details on how to submit a paper or for more information about the event, please see here.

My experience as an intern at the United Nations African Institute of Economic Development and Planning (IDEP)

by Charlotte Wheatcroft

We continue our post series offering young women international lawyers a platform to discuss and share their experiences with a post by Charlotte Wheatcroft.  Charlotte is an aspiring lawyer currently working as a Company Secretarial Advisor at a prestigious law firm in Manchester and she writes about her intern experience at the UN whilst studying for a LLM in International Law at the University of Manchester.

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Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a Woman?”

by Cate Coleman

WILNET are pleased to continue our series commemorating the inspirational women of yesterday who helped shape the development of the field, with a dedication to Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883). Sojourner was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner who gave a famous extemporaneous speech “Ain’t I a woman?” which explained in plain language how women were equal to men. 

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Gender, Health & Sustainable Development Workshop at the University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is organising a Workshop Series and an International Conference to discuss the role and relevance of international law to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Workshop 4, Gender, Health & Sustainable Development: The role for international human rights law, focuses on gender issues and will explore how international human rights law can contribute to attaining the health and gender objectives contained in the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Wendy Harcourt, Professor of Gender, Diversity and Sustainable Development at the Erasmus University will deliver the keynote speech.

The Workshop will take place on Monday, May 7th, 2018 from 14:00 – 18:30 at the University College Groningen, the Netherlands. Further information can be found here.



International Women’s Day Event at Manchester

The University of Manchester is organising an International Women’s Day Event on 8 March. This year’s theme is the media industry. Dorothy Byrne (BA Philosophy 1973), Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, Holly Dewsbury (BA Language, Literacy and Communication 2009), Manager, EMEA UKI Agency Team, Facebook and Kirstie O’Mahony (BA Philosophy 2017), Co-ordinator of Student Media and Editor in Chief, The Mancunion will be discussing the role of women in the media. The event will be followed by a drinks and canapés reception.

Further information can be found here.



Holding out for a Hero: How Was the Military Intervention in Afghanistan Legally Justified?

We continue  our post series that provide a new platform of discussion to young woman international lawyers with a post by Lynsey Mitchell. Her PhD ‘How was the military intervention in Afghanistan legally justified?’ was awarded without corrections in 2016. Her research interests and expertise lie in critical approaches to human rights and international law, and straddle women’s human rights, feminist legal theory, public international law, terrorism, and critical theory in general. Her research offers analyses of conflict grounded in critical theory, that look at the correlation of human rights discourse with justifications for military intervention. As well as lecturing and research experience, she has previously worked for human rights NGOs providing advice to refugees and in welfare rights. She recently joined Leeds Beckett University Law School as an early career lecturer and researcher having previously worked as a lecturer and research assistant at the University of Strathclyde. ​

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Jenny Poon: “Non-Refoulement in European and International Law”

We are very happy to start our post series that will provide a new platform of discussion to young woman international lawyers. Our first post is by Jenny Poon who is a third-year PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Ontario, a qualified Barrister & Solicitor in Ontario, Canada, and a former Visiting Study Fellow at the University of Oxford, Refugee Studies Centre. Jenny will be a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Summer 2018. We invite all our readers to provide comments and questions on Jenny’s work.

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