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).
Daley, ‘InternationalFeministPerspectives on Suffrage:
An Introduction’, Suffrage and Beyond: InternationalFeministPerspectives, 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
FeministPerspectives (Auckland, Auckland
University Press, 1994), pp. 277–94.
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
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, InternationalFeministPerspectives (New
York, London: Routledge, 1995) 11, p. 15.
4 Views of 27 November 2012, S.V.P. v. Bulgaria
. 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: InternationalFeministPerspectives (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1994), pp. 46–51; T. McKenzie, ‘William
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: InternationalFeministPerspectives (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
Julie Evans, Patricia Grimshaw, David Philips, and Shurlee Swain
, rev. edn (Auckland: Auckland University Press,
1987) and ‘ Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand
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Melanie Nolan (eds), Suffrage and Beyond: InternationalFeministPerspectives (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1994).
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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: InternationalFeministPerspectives (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
Politics, friendship, and intimacy in suffragists’ letters
–1920 (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997), pp. 1–13.
15 Nolan and Daley, ‘Internationalfeministperspectives 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