Third World Approaches to International Law and feminists’ engagement with international law

Frisso, Giovanna (2019) Third World Approaches to International Law and feminists’ engagement with international law. In: Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law. Research Handbooks in International Law . Elgar, pp. 479-498. ISBN 9781785363917

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The chapter explores how Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and feminism can be combined to offer a distinctive approach to examine the role of international law in liberating women in the Third World. Having in mind the notion of coloniality of power, section II examines the term Third World as a reference to a geographical area whose precolonial knowledge systems have been delegitimised and replaced with colonial ones. Section III contextualises the way in which TWAIL scholars have gradually broadened the focus of their studies, taking into account international
actors other than the state, the primary subject of international law. This process is illustrated through the analysis of the notion of international development and the discussion of its impact on the maintenance of a context of inequality after the decolonisation period. Section IV indicates how colonialism not only imposed a particular racial order on the world, but also influenced the terrain of gender, subjugating women. Drawing on Third World feminist and Latin American decolonial studies, Section IV reveals the existence of a context of continuous marginalisation, in which the viewpoints and interests of women in the Third World continue to be disregarded, as all women of the world, past and present, have been situated into a single universal narrative of struggle. To address this context, it has been suggested that it is necessary to make the voice of marginal and oppressed women in the Third World heard. Section V suggests that it is necessary not only to give them a voice, but also to ‘change the view of the world in order to finally make them a real part of it’.

Keywords:TWAIL, Feminism
Subjects:L Social studies > L216 Feminism
M Law > M130 Public International Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:48568
Deposited On:23 Mar 2022 11:47

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