Title: Gendering rule of law reform after conflict

Authors: Vera Wedekind

Addresses: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Abstract: In the context of a rise of rule of law reform programmes after conflict and increasing international interest in gender mainstreaming post-conflict interventions, this article explores how and to what extent gender mainstreaming has been incorporated into rule of law programmes after conflict. It argues that despite rhetoric regarding gender mainstreaming post-conflict interventions, rule of law reform practice shows little commitment to gender mainstreaming, largely failing to translate into substantive outcomes. Considering examples from different countries, the article analyses how programmes in five particularly gender-relevant areas take gender aspects into account: constitutional reform, sexual and gender-based violence, access to justice, the use of informal institutions and property reform. It further explores the limitations of current rule of law programming by situating rule of law reform in the broader context of post-conflict interventions. Lastly, it presents ideas on how to incorporate gender aspects more effectively into rule of law reform.

Keywords: gender; rule of law reform; post-conflict reconstruction; constitutional reform; sexual violence; gender-based violence; access to justice; informal institutions; property reform.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2015.069200

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2015 Vol.3 No.1, pp.77 - 100

Received: 22 Jul 2014
Accepted: 22 Jul 2014

Published online: 05 May 2015 *

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