New CIGJ book launch at combined Gender Institute & IWD celebrations

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 19 March 2015


Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research (131), Garran Road, ANU


Sally Engle Merry


Gender Institute
+61 2 6125 6281

To mark its fourth anniversary and to celebrate International Women’s Day, The Gender Institute is hosting a public lecture, Erasing Women’s Differences?  Global Essentialisms and Intersectionality in Gender Research and Policy, by Professor Sally Engle Merry, NYU on 4-7pm, Thursday 19 March 2015. The lecture examines the ongoing tensions between claims to women’s rights as a group and recognition of the vast diversity of women’s lives across class, race, nation, religion and culture.

Following the lecture, a panel discussion, reception with prize awards and book launches will take place. Human Rights and the Universal Periodic Review: Rituals and Ritualism, edited by CIGJ’s Hilary Charlesworth and Emma Larking, will be one of three books being launched.

4.00pm - 5.30pm: Public lecture and panel discussion (Finkel Theatre, John Curtin Medical School) 5.30pm - 7.00pm: Reception with awards presentation and book launches (Foyer, John Curtin Medical School)

RSVPs are required and can be submitted at the Gender Institute site, which also has more detail about the Sally’s lecture.

About the book:

The Universal Periodic Review is an intriguing and ambitious development in human rights monitoring which breaks new ground by engaging all 193 members of the United Nations.

This book provides the first sustained analysis of the Review and explains how the Review functions within the architecture of the United Nations. It draws on socio-legal scholarship and the insights of human rights practitioners with direct experience of the Review in order to consider its regulatory power and its capacity to influence the behaviour of states. It also highlights the significance of the embodied features of the Review, with its cyclical and intricately managed interactive dialogues.

Additionally, it discusses the rituals associated with the Review, examines the tendency of the Review towards hollow ritualism (which undermines its aspiration to address human rights violations comprehensively) and suggests how this ritualism might be overcome.

Further information about the book can be found on the CUP website.

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