Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict Under International Law

Citation: O’Rourke, C. (2020). Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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About the book

Laws and norms that focus on women’s lives in conflict have proliferated across the regimes of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law and the United Nations Security Council. While separate institutions, with differing powers of monitoring and enforcement, implement these laws and norms, the activities of regimes overlap. Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law is the first book to account for this pluralism and institutional diversity. This book identifies key aspects of how different regimes regulate women’s rights in conflict, and how they interact. Using country case studies to reveal the practical implications of the fragmented protection of women’s rights in conflict, this book offers a dynamic account of how regimes and institutions interact, the extent to which they reinforce each other, and the tensions and gaps in regulation that emerge.

  • Counters siloed analysis by looking across various key regimes
  • Looks at interactions in order to take a dynamic approach in examining institutions
  • Explores case studies to reveal what fragmentation in law means in practice for the regulation of women’s rights in conflict

Contents

PART I: LEGAL AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

  1. Fragmented Protection of Women’s Rights in Conflict: An Introduction
  2. An Overview of Laws and Institutions
  3. Regime Interactions and Tensions
  4. Opportunities and Dilemmas for Women’s Participation

PART II: CASE STUDIES

  1. Women’s Rights and International Law in a Fragile State: Democratic Republic of Congo
  2. Women’s Rights and International Law in Ending Conflict: Colombia
  3. Women’s Rights and International Law in Building Peace: Nepal

PART III: LOOKING FORWARD

  1. Fragmented Protection of Women’s Rights in Conflict: The Story So Far
  2. A New Story: A Feminist Toolbox for Fragmentation

Policy Summary

A policy summary drawn from the book is available here (PDF).

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