Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Is the Future of International Law Rosy?
At a conference of junior international law scholars last Friday at Yale Law School, the future of international law manifested itself in many shades of pink. After noticing the abundance of women in the plenary and workshop sessions, I reviewed the list of participants (consisting largely of untenured professors but welcoming fellows soon to hit the teaching market and several recently tenured folks) and counted: 14 men and 32 women (including IntLawGrrls bloggers "Amelia Earhart" [IntLawGrrl Elena Baylis], "Mata Hari" [Hari M. Osofsky] and "Eleanor Roosevelt" [Beth Van Schaack]). What accounts for this gender imbalance, particularly in a field not traditionally, ahem, friendly to the "fairer sex"? I'm interested in your insights into this phenomenon. And whatever the reason for the gender count at this particular event, it gave me hope that these and other bright new voices will have a serious impact on the future of our field.