Gender and the Rule of Law in Transitional Societies

Michael Hamilton, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

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This article examines a unique relationship - specifically, the connection between the rule of law, post-conflict/post-repression societies, and gender. We assert that some of the most gendered and problematic dimensions of rule of law discourse and practice can arise with intensity in post-conflict or post-repressive societies. In particular, we explore a fundamental contradiction. Transitional societies bring powerful and transformative moments to global attention. The rule-of-law movement gains cache from being a defining and motivating cog in that transitional process. Yet such transformation can be selective, both in its spheres of influence and in its masculinity. While transformation may occur, the pivotal question we raise is for whom?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-402
Number of pages23
JournalMinnesota Journal of International Law
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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