PluriCourts Lunch Seminar: Peace and gender in Syria.

PluriCourts lunch seminar with Karoline Hovland Lyngstadaas: Whether there is an obligation to include women within peace negotiations on internationalised internal conflicts? A case study of Syria.


Despite women's right to participation in decision making at all levels and the principle of non-discrimination being enshrined in human rights treaties, UN Security Council Resolutions and UN General Assembly declarations, there are still few women around the negotiations table. The places around the table are reserved for the "protagonists" of the conflict; the armed antagonists. On the other hand, in the new types of conflict that have emerged after the end of the Cold War women are increasingly the main victims of violence. These wars are also mainly intrastate rather than inter-state conflicts, which international law is ill equipped to deal with. The thesis explores which obligations have crystallised, and how these hold when faced with reality.


PluriCourts Lunch Seminars are a forum for pluridisciplinary discussion of core issues relating to international courts and tribunals. PluriCourts scholars or invited speakers present new and ongoing research or comment on current questions. The seminars are open to everyone.

Published July 2, 2020 1:31 PM - Last modified Sep. 4, 2020 9:14 AM