Gender and the Law of the Sea


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In Gender and the Law of the Sea a distinguished group of law of the sea and feminist scholars critically engages with one of the oldest fields of international law. While the law of the sea has been traditionally portrayed as a technical, gender-neutral set of rules, of concern to States rather than humans, authors in this volume persuasively argue that critical feminist perspectives are needed to question the underlying assumptions of ostensibly gender-neutral norms. Coming at a time when the presence of women at sea is increasing, the volume forcefully and successfully argues that legal rules are relevant to ensure gender equality and the empowerment of women at sea, in an effort to render law for the oceans more inclusive.

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Irini Papanicolopulu, Ph.D. (2005), University of Milano, is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She has published widely in international law and law of the sea, including International Law and the Protection of People at Sea (2018).
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Introduction: Gender and the Law of the Sea – Oceans Apart?
Irini Papanicolopulu

Part 1: The General Framework

1 Gender and the Law of the Sea: A Global Perspective
Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli

2 Feminism and the Law of the Sea: A Preliminary Inquiry
Gina V. Heathcote

3 Elisabeth Mann Borgese, Gender and the Law of the Sea
Patricia Mallia and David Testa

4 Mermaids and Utopias: The High Seas as Feminist Space?
Loveday Hodson

5 Some Doubts on the Gender Implications of the Law of the Sea
Tullio Scovazzi

6 The UN Fish Stocks Agreement as a Metaphor, or the Law of the Sea as a Gendered Process
Liesbeth Lijnzaad

Part 2: Gender and Maritime Activities

7 Protecting Women Fishers: The Gender Parameters of Labour Rights at Sea
Maria Gavouneli

8 Sustainable Development and Fisheries with Special Emphasis on Gender Equality
Gabriela A. Oanta

9 Feminism, Nature and the Post-Human: Toward a Critical Analysis of the International Law of the Sea Governing Marine Living Resources Management
Alice Ollino

10 Human Trafficking & iuuf: Legal and Gender Implications
Vasco Becker-Weinberg

11 Migration at Sea: Some Gender-Related Remarks on the United Nations Protocols on Smuggling and Trafficking
Francesca Mussi

12 The 2006 Maritime Labour Convention: A Cautious Step towards Gender Awareness?
Ioannis Stribis

13 Advancing ‘Good Practices’ that Promote Gender Equality in the Maritime Sector
Momoko Kitada

14 Women at War at Sea: How International Humanitarian Law Provides for the Protection of Female Members of the Armed Forces at Sea
Vanessa Murphy

15 Climate Change, Oceans and Gender
Nilufer Oral

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