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Gendering Constitutional Design in Post-Conflict Societies

Ni Aolain, Fionnuala, Haynes, Dina Francesca and Cahn, Naomi (2011) Gendering Constitutional Design in Post-Conflict Societies. William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, 17 (3). p. 509. [Journal article]

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This article commences with a discussion of transitional constitutionaldesign and the ways in which the branches of governmentrelate to one another, focusing on the consequences of these structuresfor women. We are convinced that an analysis of the rights-bearingportions of a constitution alone is insufficient to fully capture the wayin which power is structured and experienced. Consistent with otherscholars, we start from the view that “constitutions are derived froma social contract between the constituents who will be governed andthe political actors who will govern; they explain how the societyand government will operate and under what parameters.” This articleoffers preliminary proposals on how to make gender central toconstitutional drafting, providing positive examples. We follow withan assessment of constitutional drafting rhetoric and initiatives inmultiple post-conflict societies. We will explore their value and limitationsfor women and offer, in both cases, a set of pragmatic reflectionson ways to undertake constitutional drafting in such a way asto dismantle masculinities currently in effect during constitutionalnegotiations, as well as to give women a voice through constitutionalmandates and implementation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:transitional justice; gender; post conflict societies; constitutional design
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:22478
Deposited By: Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain
Deposited On:12 Jun 2012 09:01
Last Modified:12 Jun 2012 09:01

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