44 New Eng. L. Rev. 1 (2009-2010)
Hirsch Lecture: Gender, Masculinities, and Transition in Conflicted Societies

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HIRSCH LECTURE:
GENDER, MASCULINITIES, AND
TRANSITION IN CONFLICTED
SOCIETIES
NAOMI CAHN*
FIONNUALA Ni AOLMIN**
Abstract: This Article uses a gender lens to explore how conflict affects
men and women differently. It examines issues related to the emergence of
certain kinds of hyper masculinity in situations of conflict and how such
masculinities continue to function in subsequent peace-building attempts.
This Article argues that a failure to account for and be cognizant of these
specific masculinities has a significant effect for women in particular and,
more generally, on the success of the conflict transition process. Finally, we
show how using a gender lens could make a difference by considering the
specific example of the impact of violent masculinities on disarmament,
demobilization, and reintegration programs.
* Naomi Cahn is the John Theodore Fey Research Professor of Law, George Washington
University Law School.
** Fionnuala Ni Aoldin is the Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law, University of Minnesota
Law School and Professor of Law and Co-Director Transitional Justice Institute, University
of Ulster. We thank New England School of Law for the opportunity to deliver this lecture,
which honors the memories of Anna Hirsch and Mary Jo Frug, and we thank Martha
Fineman for all of her support on this project.
Acknowledgments
This Article is derived from a forthcoming book on gender and post-conflict
reconstruction, tentatively titled On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post-Conflict
Process (forthcoming 2010), and co-authored with Dina Francesca Haynes, Associate
Professor of Law, New England School of Law.

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