Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law: CEDAW-WPS Synergies, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

  • Catherine O'Rourke (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Protections for women’s rights in armed conflict have proliferated under international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law and the United Nations Security Council in recent decades. Consequently, there is now a wide range of international institutions engaged in defining, monitoring and enforcing women’s rights in different conflicts under international law. The seminar will draw on findings from the new book, Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict Under International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020), to discuss the concurrent protection of women’s rights in conflict by the Committee and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Security Council. Focusing on findings from case studies of women’s rights in Colombia, the DRC and Nepal, the seminar will discuss strengths, weaknesses, lacunae – and future potential – of efforts to secure synergies between CEDAW and WPS for the enhanced overall protection of women’s rights on conflict.
Period20 Oct 2020
Held atSchool of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom


  • International law
  • women's rights
  • conflict
  • gender
  • international humanitarian law
  • international human rights law
  • United Nations Security Council
  • Women, Peace and Security