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More Women – But Which Women? A Reply to Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez

Ni Aolain, Fionnuala (2015) More Women – But Which Women? A Reply to Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez. The European Journal of International Law, 26 (1). pp. 229-236. [Journal article]

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URL: https://academic.oup.com/ejil/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/ejil/chv010

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chv010


This article responds to a thoughtful intervention by Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez documenting the selection process for women seeking judicial appointment to the European Court of Human Rights. Written in the context of the author’s experience as candidate for appointment to the Court, the analysis concentrates on the gendered dimensions of international institutional cultures, habits and practices that frame selection to judicial of ce as much as any formally applicable rules. I explore the ways in which ostensible access to international judicial bodies conceals the manifold ways in which Courts are coded masculine, and how female candidacy requires careful deliberation on performance, presentation and identity. Drawing on ‘new insti- tutionalism’ theory, I underscore that female presence alone rarely undoes embedded institu- tional practices. Rather, transforming institutional practices and values must parallel female presence, thereby rede ning the institution and the forms of power it exercises. The article concludes by re ecting on the importance of feminist judging, and argues that it is precisely the transformative political and legal changes sought by self-de ned feminists that may stand the best chance of undoing the structures, habits and practices that continue to exclude women from being appointed and from engaging on terms of full equality when they arrive.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:37842
Deposited By: Miss Maria Prince
Deposited On:12 May 2017 11:14
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:29

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