The boundaries of international law

A feminist analysis, with a new introduction

By Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin

The boundaries of international law


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6358-5
  • Pages: 472
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £35.00
  • Published Date: March 2022
  • BIC Category: Feminism & Feminist Theory, Law / International law, International Relations, Law, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, LAW / International, Society & social sciences / International relations
  • Series: Melland Schill Classics in International Law


In 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 confronting it.

The boundaries of international law provides a feminist perspective on the structure, processes and substance of international law, shedding new light on 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 book encourages a dramatic rethinking of the discipline of international law.

With a new introduction that reflects on the profound changes in international law since the book's first publication in 2000, this provocative volume is essential reading for scholars, practitioners and students alike.


Foreword - Elizabeth Evatt, Human Rights Committee

Introduction to the 2022 edition

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

Table of cases
Table of treaties


Hilary Charlesworth is a Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School

Christine Chinkin is Emerita Professor of International Law, Professorial Research Fellow and Founding Director of the Centre of Women Peace & Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science

The boundaries of international law

By Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin

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