The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and Legitimacy


Prof. Louise Chappell's new book, The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and Legitimacy, has recently been published by Oxford University Press. The book provides the first comprehensive review of the implementation of the Rome Statute’s ground-breaking gender justice mandate during the Court’s first decade in operation. The book argues that despite significant advances in some areas, the Court's poor record in prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes reflects continuing legacies and silences of international law. Louise suggests that as the Court enters its next phase, the work of the Prosecutor, Judges and civil society in designing and implementing gender justice initiatives will be central to the Court’s ongoing legitimacy.

The book was launched internationally by ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda with additional remarks by Brigid Inder, Executive Director of the Women’s Initiatives and special gender advisor to the ICC Prosecutor at the the Australian Embassy in the Hague. The event was hosted by the H.E. Dr Brett Mason, Australian Ambassador to The Netherlands and co-sponsored by the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice as part of the International Criminal Court’s 14th session of the Assembly of State Parties meeting on 23 November 2015.

On 26 November 2015, Louise appeared in conversation with Devika Hovell to present key findings from the book at the newly established Women, Peace and Security Centre at the London School of Economics’ in the UK. The audio recording can be accessed here.

Back in Sydney, Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission the Australian launched the book for an Australian audience at UNSW on 7 December 2015 at an event sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Centre and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

The book is available for purchase at the UNSW bookshop.


Above photo, from left to right: Prof Eileen Baldry, AHRC President Gillian Triggs, Prof Louise Chappell and AHRCentre Director Andrea Durbach




book launch in The Hague