The Gender of Jus Cogens


Charlesworth, Hilary, and Christine Chinkin. 1993. "The Gender of Jus Cogens." Human Rights Quarterly 15 (1): 63-76.

Authors: Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin



"Our concern in this article is neither with the debates over the validity of the doctrine of jus cogens in international law nor with particular candidates for jus cogens status. Rather, we are interested in the structure of the concept detailed by international law scholars. We argue that the concept of the jus cogens is not a properly universal one as its development has privileged the experiences of men over those of women, and it has provided a protection to men that is not accorded to women." (65)

Topics: Gender, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, International Law

Year: 1993

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