“Gendering International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law”
According to international humanitarian law, sexual violence is a grave crime in times of war. Yet many states have inadequate laws to protect women from intimate partner violence. Other domestic issues covered under the human rights framework, ranging from girls’ right to an education to marriage by consent, suffer similarly. Professor Heineman will argue that citizenship is embedded in war and discuss how international feminists have gotten further when women’s equal citizenship is linked to war – and less far on issues that seem distant from war.
Elizabeth Heineman is a Professor in the Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and in the Department of History, where she also serves as Chair. Her specialties include modern German and European History, gender and sexuality, and the history of human rights. Her most recent books include Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights (2011), Before Porn was Legal: The Erotica Empire of Beate Uhse (2011), and the memoir Ghostbelly (2014).