Gender and the Rule of Law in Transitional Societies

Authored by: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Michael Hamilton

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Political Transitions, Transitional Justice
Region: No Region
Year: 2009
Citation: Ní Aoláin, Fionnuala and Michael Hamilton. "Gender and the Rule of Law in Transitional Societies." Minnesota Journal of International Law 18 (2009): 380-402.

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Executive Summary

This article examines a unique relationship—specifically, the connection between the rule of law, as it is imported and experienced in post-conflict/post-repression societies, and gender. We assert that some of the most gendered and problematic dimensions of rule of law discourse and practice can arise with intensity in post-conflict or post-repressive societies. In particular, we explore a fundamental contradiction. Transitional societies bring powerful and transformative moments to global attention.