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International Law from a Gender Perspective

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 550.00
Advanced Bachelor

Justice is to be done regardless of money, race, etc., but also regardless of gender. However, the law, including international law, is not a perfect system, and just like the people who made it, it is biased. This interactive, one-week course will look at law from a gender perspective, encompassing cis, gay, trans and intersex perspectives. The focus is primarily on human rights but will cut across other areas of international law, such as refugee law. Through lectures, excursion(s), and group assignments, topical issues will be explored and analysed, linking together theory and practice.

In this intensive and interactive one-week course international law will be studied from a gender perspective. Gender is understood here in a broad sense including cis, gay, trans and intersex perspectives. The emphasis will be on human rights, but the course will cut across related disciplines in international law, such as international humanitarian law, international criminal law and refugee law.

The course will start by looking into the historical development of the engagement with (international) law from a gender perspective, and an introduction to the major legal instruments (CEDAW, Yogyakarta Principles), concepts (gender, universality and equality), and theories, e.g. on conflicting rights and on stereotyping. These will be dealt with in more detail by studying a number of topical issues, such as reproductive and relational rights, freedom of religion, gender-related violence, the right to asylum, and sex work.

Through lectures, discussions, group assignments, a mini moot court, and an excursion participants will learn to analyze international law from a gender perspective, and to put this analysis into practice. The course is designed for students and professionals with an interest in gender issues, but is also highly recommended for anyone who intends to work in any legal field, of course especially in the area of international law.

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Dr. Marjolein van den Brink


Dr. Marjolein van den Brink

Dr. Julie Fraser

Prof. Kees Flinterman

Dr. Alexandra Timmer


Drs. Sophie Chapple (tbc)

Drs. Miriam van der Have (tbc)

Dr. Jelle Klaas (tbc)

Dr. Fleur van Leeuwen (tbc)

Drs. Marjan Wijers (tbc)

The course is designed for students and professionals with an interest in international law and gender studies.
The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the issue of gender bias in (international) law, and developing skills to make legal gender analyses.
6 hours teaching during 4 days
2 hours reading per day
Marks on the basis of a presentation.
Course + course materials + lunch € 550.00
Housing € 200.00, through Utrecht Summer School

If you want to take both the week long human rights course and the week long human rights and gender course, please register for the combined special track E02, which is the two courses combined for a reduced fee.

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
Motivation Letter

Dr. Marjolein van den Brink

Achter Sint Pieter 200


The Netherlands


Application deadline: 18 June 2018