Nordic Journal of International Law 65: 561–572, 1996. 561 c 1996 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. Cries and Whispers: Responses to Feminist Scholarship in International Law HILARY CHARLESWORTH Professor of International Law, University of Adelaide After a slow beginning, feminist analysis has apparently arrived in internation- al legal scholarship. Respectable international law casebooks and anthologies now contain the odd extract from feminist writings, ‘mainstream’ journals publish the occasional feminist piece and book review of feminist literature, and the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, the largest annual gathering of the global international legal community, usually has at least one panel devoted to women or feminist concerns. Compared with the area of international relations, where feminist research, despite its breadth and sophistication, is yet to be published in ‘mainstream’ journals, international law may appear a haven for feminist scholarship. But I think that we need to investigate this appearance of progress quite carefully. I want to discuss some responses to feminist scholarship in international law that indicate that its impact has been quite contained and limited. Feminist theory involves an intricate, albeit unarticulated, balancing between concep- tually inimical forces. 1 Feminist analysis, says the
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Published: Jan 1, 1996
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