Inaugural Professorial Lecture: 'Pushing Feminism off the Map? International Law in Times of Crisis'
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Professor Dianne Otto
Moving against the grain of conventional thinking, this lecture explores the spaces that emergencies create for critical or progressive engagement with law. There is little doubt that crises are a particularly dangerous time for feminism, as for other projects of social justice. International law has proved to be particularly amenable to the service of crisis, presenting many challenges for feminist legal theory and activism. But do emergencies necessarily displace law’s emancipatory potential (assuming it exists) and, if not, what opportunities does a time of crisis present for advancing feminist goals?
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Dianne Otto is Chair of Law at the Melbourne Law School and Director of the International Human Rights Law Program of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH). Professor Otto’s research and publications are in the area of public international law, human rights law and critical legal theory. Her research interests include utilizing feminist, postcolonial and queer theory to reveal the voices and interests that are marginalized or silenced by mainstream international legal discourse. Recent publications include: ‘The Security Council’s alliance of “gender legitimacy”: The symbolic capital of Resolution 1325’ in Faultlines of International Legitimacy (Cambridge 2009); ‘Making sense of zero tolerance policies in peacekeeping sexual economies’ in Sexuality and the Law: Feminist Engagements (Routledge, 2007); and Lost in translation: re-scripting the sexed subject of international human rights law’ in International Law and Its Others (Cambridge 2006). She has edited Special Editions of Third World Legal Studies (1998-99) on ‘Postcolonialism and Law’; and of the Australian Journal of Human Rights (2004) on ‘Housing, Homelessness and Human Rights’ (with Phil Lynch).
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