Women in International Law Spring / Fall 2021: Hidden Figures in International Courts and Tribunals 21 April, 15:00-16:45 CEST / 13:00-14:45 GMT

Women in International Law Spring / Fall 2021: Hidden Figures in International Courts and Tribunals 21 April, 15:00-16:45 CEST / 13:00-14:45 GMT

KU Leuven kindly Invites You to a Webinar Series on Women in International Law Spring / Fall 2021
Gender equality and women’s empowerment have been considered an international priority for several years, notably with their inclusion in the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, with the objective of reaching gender equality by 2030. Yet the international legal sphere and the UN system themselves struggle to respect this commitment.

Women still make up a small minority of judges in international courts and of members in international bodies. The ICJ, almost 75 years after it was established, has had four women judges, representing 3.7% of the total of 108 judges that have had a seat at the Court. Women make up only a third of ICC judges at present. Of the 21 members of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), five are women. The ILC, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018, has only had a total of seven women members in its history out of total of 229 members (4 in its current mandate).

International legal scholarship is also behind on this gender equality objective. Recent events have shown that women struggle more to have their voices heard: during the covid-19 pandemic, for example, women journal submissions have significantly dropped.

On the occasion of the centenary of female students at the Law Faculty of KU Leuven, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven present a webinar series that both reflects on the role of women in the development of international law and brings female researchers and practitioners to the front seat of discussions, in their different fields of specialty. LAUNCH WEBINAR Hidden Figures in International Courts and Tribunals
21 April, 15:00-16:45 CEST / 13:00-14:45 GMT
To launch the series ‘Women in International Law’, this webinar will discuss gender parity in international courts and tribunals. The presentations will focus on the issues of underrepresentation of women – and African women, more specifically – as international judges and the resultant legitimacy issues for those courts, and give a historical perspective on the representation of women at post-World War II war crimes trials.

Panelists:
Diane Marie Amann (Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law)
J. Jarpa Dawuni (Institute for African Women in Law)
Nienke Grossman (Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Baltimore) moderated by Nina Pineau (KU Leuven) Register Now

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