Papers are being sought for a symposium entitled "Peacekeeping in the Asia-Pacific: Gender Equality, Law and Collective Security," to be held April 19 and 20, 2012, at Melbourne Law School in Australia.
Convening the event are Professor Dianne Otto of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law and Dr. Gina Heathcote of the Centre for Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England.
They plan to bring together military, police, and civilian persons in peace support operations; academics and researchers; government officials; and local leaders from post-conflict societies, primarily from the Asia-Pacific region. Participants will discuss perspectives on and experiences with incorporating a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations, as required by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (2000). (Prior IntLawGrrls posts on this resolution may be found here.) The conference, which will mark the 1st exploration of the topic in a symposium in Australia, will coincide with the development of an Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
Themes for which papers are sought:
► What do supporters of Resolution 1325, both inside and outside the Security Council, hope to achieve by the incorporation of a ‘gender perspective’ into peacekeeping operations?
► What has incorporating a ‘gender perspective’ into peacekeeping operations come to mean in practice?
► What has been the role of international law, both soft and hard, in supporting the promotion of a ‘gender perspective’ in peacekeeping practice?
► What specific challenges have been highlighted by the incorporation of a ‘gender perspective’ in peace support operations and how have those challenges been addressed?
► What future strategies for incorporating a ‘gender perspective’ are suggested by the experience of Resolution 1325?
Deadline for submissions of 300-words-or-fewer abstracts, which should be e-mailed to peacekeepingAP@gmail.com, is Monday, November 21, 2011.