Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 347–361 | Cite as

Are Women Peaceful? Reflections on the Role of Women in Peace-Building

  • Hilary CharlesworthEmail author


This paper examines the way that women’s relationship to peace is constructed in international institutions and international law. It identifies a set of claims about women and peace that are typically made and considers these in light of women’s experience in the conflicts in Bougainville, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.


Bougainville Democracy East Timor International law Peace-building Post-conflict reconstruction Solomon Islands Women 



Hilary Charlesworth is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. John Braithwaite and Dianne Otto made helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper. Thanks to Susan Harris Rimmer and Scott Stephenson for research assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regulatory Institutions Network, College of Asia and the Pacific, RSPASThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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