PhD Student Siobhan Airey was invited to participate in an Expert Workshop on “The Future of Women’s Engagement in International Law” in Brisbane, Australia on June 23-24, 2016, organized by Griffith University in collaboration with the Australian National University Gender Institute and Law School.
The aim of “The Future of Women’s Engagement with International Law” project is to bring a new network of scholars together from a diverse group of countries to produce a prestigious high quality work of lasting significance. Since a seminal article in 1991 (“Feminist Approaches to International Law” by Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin and Shelly Wright) scholars and advocates have been exploring the interaction and potential between feminist legal insights and the promise of international law. This project will attempt to define the research agenda for women’s engagement with international law over the next 50 years. The resulting publication has been commissioned by Edward Elgar as part of its new International Handbooks on Gender, edited by Professor Sylvia Chant.
Ms. Airey’s contribution draws from insights from feminist critiques of the legal concept of consent to reveal how the principle of consent in international law legitimizes current practices of non-military coercion and modes of exclusionary decision-making in contemporary global governance.