Research Handbook on International Law and Peace
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Research Handbook on International Law and Peace

Edited by Cecilia M. Bailliet

Peace is an elusive concept, especially within the field of international law, varying according to historical era and between contextual applications within different cultures, institutions, societies, and academic traditions. This Research Handbook responds to the gap created by the neglect of peace in international law scholarship. Explaining the normative evolution of peace from the principles of peaceful co-existence to the UN declaration on the right to peace, this Research Handbook calls for the fortification of international institutions to facilitate the pursuit of sustainable peace as a public good.
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Chapter 15: Transforming reality: employing international law to end practices that exclude women as peacemakers, peacekeepers, and peacebuilders

Cornelia Weiss


This chapter addresses how international law can be employed to end practices that exclude women as peacemakers, peacekeepers, and peacebuilders. It begins by addressing a recent discussion with members of the security and defense community of the Americas in an academic setting, during which responses to the author’s concern about the absence of women at the Colombian peace negotiation table were ‘women not important’ and an assertion that women do not need to be represented at the ‘peace table’ because the male negotiators are able to fully represent women’s interests. It addresses the range of international law tools available to end exclusion (to include international treaties, committee general recommendations, compliance measures, and UN Security Council resolutions). It explores whether and how these tools have been effective to end exclusion in peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. And it identifies opportunities for the future.

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