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A feminist analysis, with a new introduction

Representing the first book-length treatment of the application of feminist theories of international law, The boundaries of international law argues that the absence of women in the development of international law has produced a narrow and inadequate jurisprudence that has legitimated the unequal position of women worldwide rather than confronted it.

With a new introduction that reflects on the profound changes in international law since the book’s first publication in 2000, this volume is essential reading for scholars, practitioners and students alike.


The book explores the relationship between violence against women on one hand, and the rights to health and reproductive health on the other. It argues that violation of the right to health is a consequence of violence, and that (state) health policies might be a cause of – or create the conditions for – violence against women. It significantly contributes to feminist and international human rights legal scholarship by conceptualising a new ground-breaking idea, violence against women’s health (VAWH), using the Hippocratic paradigm as the backbone of the analysis. The two dimensions of violence at the core of the book – the horizontal, ‘interpersonal’ dimension and the vertical ‘state policies’ dimension – are investigated through around 70 decisions of domestic, regional and international judicial or quasi-judicial bodies (the anamnesis). The concept of VAWH, drawn from the anamnesis, enriches the traditional concept of violence against women with a human rights-based approach to autonomy and a reflection on the pervasiveness of patterns of discrimination (diagnosis). VAWH as theorised in the book allows the reconceptualisation of states’ obligations in an innovative way, by identifying for both dimensions obligations of result, due diligence obligations, and obligations to progressively take steps (treatment). The book eventually asks whether it is not international law itself that is the ultimate cause of VAWH (prognosis).

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Megan Smitley

Daley, ‘International Feminist Perspectives on Suffrage: An Introduction’, Suffrage and Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives, eds Melanie Nolan and Caroline Daley (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1994), 7. 27 See Sandra Stanley Holton, Feminism and Democracy: Women’s Suffrage and Reform Politics in Britain 1900–1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986). 28 See Les Garner, Stepping Stones to Women’s Liberty: Feminist Ideas in the Women’s Suffrage Movement 1900–1918 (London: Heinemann Educational Books, 1984). 29 Sandra Stanley Holton

in The feminine public sphere
Marilyn Lake

Feminist Perspectives (Auckland, Auckland University Press, 1994), pp. 277–94. 39 Conference of Representatives of Missions, Societies and Associations interested in Welfare of Aborigines with Minister of Home Affairs following submission of Bleakley report, 12 April 1929. Rischbieth papers, National

in Gender and imperialism
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Leading the empire, leading the world?
James Keating

. Sheppard, Woman Suffrage in New Zealand (London: International Woman Suffrage Alliance, 1907); W. S. Smith, Outlines of the Women’s Franchise Movement in New Zealand (Christchurch: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1905). 29 W. P. Reeves, State Experiments in Australia and New Zealand, Volume 1 (London: Grant Richards, 1902), pp. 103–42; R. Dalziel, ‘Presenting the enfranchisement of New Zealand women abroad’, in C. Daley and M. Nolan (eds), Suffrage & Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1994), pp. 46–51; T. McKenzie, ‘William

in Distant Sisters
Open Access (free)
The narrative
Sara De Vido

women. Report of the Secretary-General, 6 July 2006, para. 377.   3 See C. Chinkin, ‘Violence against women’, in M.A. Freeman, C. Chinkin and B. Rudolf (eds), The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) 443, p. 446. See also C. Bunch, ‘Transforming human rights from a feminist perspective’, in J. Peters and A. Wolper (eds), Women’s Rights, Human Rights, International Feminist Perspectives (New York, London: Routledge, 1995) 11, p. 15.   4 Views of 27 November 2012, S.V.P. v. Bulgaria

in Violence against women’s health in international law
British women in international politics
Heloise Brown

transatlantic network of radical suffragists’, American History Review, 99 (1994), p. 1125; Sandra Stanley Holton, ‘From anti-slavery to suffragette militancy: the Bright circle, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the British women’s movement’, in Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan (eds), Suffrage and Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1994), pp. 213–33. 6 Sewall, Genesis, p. 3. 7 International Council of Women, Women in a Changing World: the Dynamic Story of the International Council of Women since 1888 (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’
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‘Australia for the White Man’
Julie Evans
Patricia Grimshaw
David Philips
, and
Shurlee Swain

, rev. edn (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1987) and ‘ Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand Revisited: Writing from the Margins’, in Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan (eds), Suffrage and Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1994). 32 Ibid .; see also A

in Equal subjects, unequal rights
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Maureen Wright

1897, pp. 245–9, p. 245. 21 Stead, ‘Honour’, p. 223. 22 EWE/HM, 17/9/1904, 47454, fol. 6. 23 Sandra Stanley Holton, ‘From Anti-Slavery to Suffrage Militancy: The Bright Circle, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the British Women’s Movement’, in Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan (eds), Suffrage and Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1994), pp. 213–33. For Wolstenholme Elmy’s early life see Maureen Wright, ‘ “An Impudent Intrusion”: Assessing the Life of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, First-Wave Feminist and Social Reformer (1833

in Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the Victorian Feminist Movement
Politics, friendship, and intimacy in suffragists’ letters
James Keating

–1920 (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997), pp. 1–13. 15 Nolan and Daley, ‘International feminist perspectives on suffrage’, p. 6. 16 M. Lyons, ‘Love letters and writing practices: On ecritures intimes in the nineteenth century’, Journal of Family History , 24:2 (1999), 232–9. 17 Favret, Romantic Correspondence , pp. 7–10. By 1901, 81 per cent of women in Australasia could read and write. Imperial Penny Post was introduced in 1898, but New Zealand (1901) and Australia (1910) delayed its adoption for fear of losing postal revenue. ‘Census: 1871

in Distant Sisters