Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law
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Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law

Edited by Susan Harris Rimmer and Kate Ogg

For almost 30 years, scholars and advocates have been exploring the interaction and potential between the rights and well-being of women and the promise of international law. This collection posits that the next frontier for international law is increasing its relevance, beneficence and impact for women in the developing world, and to deal with a much wider range of issues through a feminist lens.
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Chapter 22: Feminist time and an international law of the everyday

Mary Hansel


At the conclusion of her article A Discipline of Crisis, Hilary Charlesworth poses the question: “What might an international law of everyday life look like?” This chapter will explore the answer by invoking feminist temporality as a basis for examining how international law might become more focused on systemic, enduring, quotidian, everyday issues – precisely the issues that most affect women. By now, international law’s tendency to prioritize crisis is well-trodden ground in legal literature. What seems to be missing from the crisis discourse, however, is a nuanced understanding of what these crises are that dominate international law’s attention and resources. By what criteria are crises defined and identified? Ultimately, the aim of this chapter is to encourage greater deliberation regarding the criteria for situations and issues that dominate the international legal agenda. The hope is that, in the future, such deliberation will result in better prioritization of women’s interests and richer engagement with feminist concerns.

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