International Conference

13 - 14 October 2022

This event, which builds upon the talk held by Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri on the same subject in April 2021, and a remote workshop in February 2022, will bring together contributors to the upcoming Oxford Handbook on Women and International Law co-edited by Prof. Ruiz Fabri (MPI Luxembourg), Prof. Grossman (University of Baltimore), Prof. Ramji-Nogales (Temple University), and Prof. Dawuni (Howard University). This conference will examine the role of women in international law and the wide-ranging impacts of international law on women and vice versa. International law affects women in myriad ways, including efforts to combat discrimination against women and to promote them as actors in the field. Building upon Hillary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin, and Shelley Wright’s ground-breaking ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law’ (published in the American Journal of International Law in 1991), it will examine and promote a diversity of critical feminist approaches to the topic. Contributing authors will be welcomed at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law for two days of presentations and exchanges on the many novel facets of this project contained within their draft chapters for the upcoming Oxford Handbook.

Hybrid Event

Venue: The event is taking place at the premises of the MPI Luxembourg. Digital participation is possible. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Language: The conference will be held in English.

Registration is now closed.


Thursday, 13 October 2022

08:30 Registration and Welcome


Opening Remarks

09:00 - 09:20


by J. Jarpa Dawuni, Nienke Grossman, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, and Hélène Ruiz Fabri


Panel 1

09:20 - 10:40


Moderator: Jaya Ramji-Nogales

Strategies for Re-Inclusion? The Turn to Women in the History of International Law: Ignacio de la Rasilla

Absent at the Creation? Nuremberg Women and International Criminal Justice: Diane Marie Amann

Feminist International Legal Thinking: Hitting the Ground in Latin America: Helena Alviar Garcia and Justina Uriburu


10:40 Coffee break



Panel 2

11:00 - 12:20


Moderator: J. Jarpa Dawuni

Feminist Critiques of Liberal Theories of International Law: Vasuki Nesiah

Marxist-Feminist Approaches to International Law: Eva Nanopoulos and Leila Ullrich

Queer Approaches: Edoardo Stoppioni


12:20 Lunch break



Panel 3

13:20 - 15:10


Moderator: Hélène Ruiz Fabri

Women in International Organisations: Namira Negm and Mtendre Gondwe

The Female Legal Adviser as a Torchbearer for Change: Liesbeth Lijnzaad

Women, Pacifism and International Law: Frédéric Mégret

Women in Political Violence and Armed Conflict: the African Union’s Responsibility to Protect: Eki Yemisi Omorogbe


15:10 Coffee break



Panel 4

15:30 - 17:20


Moderator: Nienke Grossman

Where are the Women? The Law and Practice of Global Counter-Terrorism: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Populism and Gender Ideology: Stephanie Hennette-Vauchez and Camile Robcis

Getting Women in the Room is a Start, not an End Goal: Tamsin Paige, Joanne Stagg and Stacey Henderson

Gender and Conflict of Laws: Enabling Transnational Gender-based Violence: Ivana Isailović


Panel 5

17:20 - 18:40


Moderator: Jaya Ramji-Nogales

Development: Yvonne Underhill-Sem and Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki

Women and International Investment Law: Lina Maria Cespedes Baez, Enrique Prieto-Ríos and René Urueña

Women and International Trade: Same Side of the Same Coin?: Amrita Bahri


Friday, 14 October 2022

08:30 Registration and Welcome



Panel 1

09:00 - 10:50


Moderator: Nienke Grossman

Human Rights and Women’s Rights: Mónica Pinto

Who is a ‘Woman’ in International Human Rights Law? Building an Inclusive Feminist Toolkit from the Vicky Hernández Case of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Manon Beury and Juliana Santos de Carvalho

Feminist Approaches to Victim Witnesses and Victim Participants in Atrocity Crime Trials for Sexual and Other Forms of Gender-based Violence: Lessons Learned from Domestic Prosecutions in Latin America: Susana SáCouto

Is International Criminal Law Feminist?: Margaret deGuzman and Rachel E. Lopez


10:50 Coffee break



Panel 2

11:10 - 13:00


Moderator: J. Jarpa Dawuni

Gender-Sensitive Judging in International Adjudication: Julia Sebutinde and Yusra Suedi

Gender and Staff at International Adjudicatory Bodies: Nienke Grossman

Women as Architects of International Justice: Patti Sellers and Christine Chinkin

Women in Civil Society and Movement Building: Viviana Kristicevic


13:00 Lunch break



Panel 3

14:00 - 15:50


Moderator: Hélène Ruiz Fabri

Women and Law of the Sea: Irini Papanicolopulu

Embodied Realities, Legal Allegories: Women’s Health under International Law: Alicia Ely Yamin and Stefania Negri

Women’s Agency in Addressing the Planetary Crisis of Climate Change, Nature Loss and Pollution: The Missing Link: Patricia Kameri-Mbote and Ruth Aura-Odhiambo

Women, Migration, and International Law: Usha Natarajan


15:50 Coffee break



Concluding Remarks

16:10 - 17:00


The "Woman" in International Law: Adrien Wing

Women in International Law – Forthcoming Book: J. Jarpa Dawuni, Nienke Grossman, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, and Hélène Ruiz Fabri