Ph.D. candidate and HRREC member, Siobhán Airey was invited to participate in an expert workshop on “The Future of Women’s Engagement in International Law” in Brisbane, Australia on the 23-24 June, 2016. The workshop was organised by Griffith University in collaboration with the Australian National University Gender Institute and Law School. The aim of “The Future of Women’s Engagement with International Law” project is to bring a new network of scholars together from a diverse group of countries to produce work of lasting significance. Since a seminal article in 1991 (Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin, & Shelly Wright, 'Feminist Approaches to International Law', (1991) 85 American Journal of International Law 613- 645), scholars and advocates have been exploring the interaction and potential between feminist legal insights and the promise of international law. This project will attempt to define the research agenda for women’s engagement with international law over the next 50 years. Further international meetings are planned for the future. The resulting publication has been commissioned by Edward Elgar as part of its new International Handbooks on Gender, edited by Professor Sylvia Chant. Edward Elgar is a leading international publisher of scholarly legal titles, specializing in original Research Handbooks.
Siobhán’s contribution drew from insights from feminist critiques of the legal concept of consent to reveal how the principle of consent in international law (as expressed in the Vienna Convention on the law of treaties) legitimises current practices of non-military coercion and modes of exclusionary decision-making in contemporary global governance.