The Law of War and Peace

A Gender Analysis Volume 1

Gina Heathcote, Emily Jones, Sheri Labenski, and Sara Bertotti


The first extended legal studies analysis of the interplay between gender, conflict and international law, applying an intersectional, decolonial approach to gendered experiences of war.

The Law of War and Peace offers a cutting-edge analysis of the relationship between law, armed conflict, gender and peace. This book, which is the first of two volumes, focuses on the interplay between international law and gendered experiences of armed conflict. It provides an in-depth analysis of the key debates on collective security, unilateral force, the laws governing conflict, terrorism and international criminal law. 

While much of the current scholarship has centered on the UN Security Council's Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), this two-volume work seeks to move understandings beyond the framework established by WPS. It does this through providing a critical and intersectional approach to gender and conflict which is mindful of transnational feminist and queer perspectives.

Author Bio

Sara Bertotti is a Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Law, SOAS University of London

Gina Heathcote is a Reader in Gender Studies and International Law, at the Centre for Gender Studies and the School of Law, SOAS University of London

Emily Jones is a Lecturer in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex.

Sheri A. Labenski is a Research Officer in the Centre for Women, Peace, and Security at the LSE, where she works on an ERC funded project Gendered Peace.

Table of Contents

Author Biographies
Table of Cases
List of Abbreviations
Chapter One – Collective Security
Chapter Two – Unilateral Force
Chapter Three – Countering Terrorism
Chapter Four – International Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict
Chapter Five - International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice


Publication Date: 28 January 2021
272 pages

Product ISBNs: Hardback: 9781786996688
eBook ePub: 9781786996718
eBook Kindle: 9781786996725

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