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40 Adel. L. Rev. 219 (2019)
Feminist Interventions into International Law: A Generation on

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Judith Gardam*


                              I INTRODUCTION
olume 19 of the Adelaide Law Review, published in 1997, contains the
       papers of a symposium held at the University of Melbourne Law School in
       September 1996 entitled 'Feminist Interventions into International Law'. The
opening address of the symposium was presented by Christine Chinkin, currently
Professor Emerita at the London School of Economics. Professor Chinkin is a
pre-eminent international lawyer and is acknowledged as being at the forefront of
bringing the lens of Western feminism to bear on her discipline. In her 1997 address,
written some six or seven years after feminism first found its voice in international
law at a conference at the Australian National University in 1990,1 Professor Chinkin
assessed to what extent gains had been made in developing an international legal
system that 'takes seriously the interests of all women'.2 In her address she also
identified potential challenges to further progress. As an aside, it is worth noting that
the thoughts Professor Chinkin expressed at that time are still cited by scholars and
remain as influential today as they were then.3

In 2015, a quarter of a century after the Australian National University conference,
Professor Chinkin was interviewed on the eve of her retirement and asked to reflect
on her career. In doing so, she was asked how she perceived the feminist project
today within international law and institutions.4 In this article, I take her observations
at these two points of time in the trajectory of the feminist project in international
law and see what insights they provide today for those interested in this field of

     Emerita Professor, Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide, Fellow of the
     Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
1    One of the two themes of that conference was a feminist analysis of selected areas
     of international law and the papers are published in (1992) 12 Australian Yearbook of
     International Law.
2    Christine Chinkin, 'Feminist Interventions into International Law' (1997) 19(1)
     Adelaide Law Review 13.
3    See, eg, the citation to the address in Catherine O'Rourke, 'Feminist Strategy in Inter-
     national Law: Understanding its Legal, Normative and Political Dimensions' (2017)
     28(4) European Journal of International Law 1019, 1023 n 26.
4    Andrew Lang and Susan Marks, 'Proper and Improper Stuff: an Interview with
     Christine Chinkin' (2015) 3(1) London Review of International Law 201.

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