The boundaries of international law

A feminist analysis

By Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin

The boundaries of international law

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-3739-9
  • Pages: 432
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: August 2000
  • BIC Category: Law / International law, International Organisations & Institutions, LAW / International, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations, International law, Law
  • Series: Melland Schill Studies in International Law


Representing the first book-length treatment of the application of feminist theories of international law, Charlesworth and Chinkin argue that the absence of women in the development of international law has produced a narrow and inadequate jurisprudence that has legitimated the unequal position of women worldwide rather than confronted it.

The boundaries of international law provides a feminist perspective on the structure, processes and substance of international law. The authors examine its sources, treaty law, the concept of statehood and the right of self-determination, the role of international institutions and the law of human rights. Concluding with a consideration of whether the inclusion of women in the jurisdiction of international war crimes tribunals represents a significant shift in the boundaries of international law, The boundaries of international law is essential reading for scholars, practitioners, and students alike.


1. Women and the international legal system
2. Feminist theories and international law
3. Modes of international law-making
4. The law of treaties
5. The idea of the state
6. International institutions
7. Human rights
8. The use of force in international law
9. Peaceful settlement of disputes
10. Redrawing the boundaries of international law


Hilary Charlesworth is Professor and Director of the Centre of International and Public Law at the Australian National University, Canberra

Christine Chinkin is Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science

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