Halcyon has organised a field trip for Grade 10 History and MUN students to a book launch on the topic of “The politics of gender justice at the International Criminal Court: legacies and legitimacy”. The launch is being hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics.
Grade 10 History students have been studying the causes and consequences of sexual violence in conflict, including the role played by justice. This event therefore has strong curricular links for the Causes and Consequences Conference that Grade 10 History students are currently preparing for.
The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) statute provides the most advanced articulation of gender justice principles under international law. Now in operation for almost 15 years, it’s time to ask: how well has the ICC implemented these principles in practice?
This question drives Louise Chappell’s new book The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and Legitimacy (OUP Press 2016). The book provides the first comprehensive review of the implementation of the ICC’s groundbreaking gender justice mandate. It argues that – despite significant advances in some areas – the Court’s poor record in prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes reflects continuing legacies and silences of international law and that the Court’s mixed record on gender justice is a risk to its ongoing legitimacy.
Louise Chappell is Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. Her research and teaching are focused on women’s rights, gender justice and institutional change. She has published widely in these areas and her work has been recognised internationally, including through the award of the best Women and Politics book prize by the American Political Science Association.