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Avoiding the Creation of a Gender Ghetto in International Criminal Law

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This article examines the harm suffered by women and girls in armed conflict and questions the role female lawyers and academics can play in order to best be of assistance. Specifically, the article addresses the problem that when women lawyers work only on gender issues, they find themselves in an all-female ghetto, excluding, or being excluded by, their male colleagues and brothers. Conversely, if women lawyers do not focus on atrocity crimes against women, the question arises of whether anyone will ensure these crimes receive attention. The article argues that by maintaining the treatment of gender crimes and crimes of sexual violence, and by ensuring adequate female representation in the various fields and institutions of international – and national – justice, these issues may be adequately addressed.


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Affiliations: 1: Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law, Director, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, USA; Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy-Pontoise, France


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