Programme of Translegal, Feminist and Gender Studies – Olympe – English

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This programme is coordinated by Prof. L. Burgorgue-Larsen (University Paris 1), Horatia Muir-Watt (Sciences Po Paris), Hélène Ruiz Fabri (University Paris 1) and E. Tourme Jouannet (Science Po Paris).

Project Officer: Bérénice Schramm (IHEID | Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland);

CV Bérénice Schramm

This programme aims at promoting feminist and gender studies in international law in the francophone world, via a transdisciplinary approach. For more than 40 years, feminist, and later on, gender, including LGBTQIA (1), and lastly queer, studies have become a genuine academic discipline and an epistemological posture in the anglophone world. While they have been developed at the junction of sociology, history, political science or political philosophy, in particular marxism, these studies have left the field of law, yet known for its impact on gender relationships, almost untouched before the 90s or even later in the non-anglophone world. Finding its roots in social mores while influencing them in a dynamic manner, law is by nature a vector of consecration and instrumentalisation of gender relations defined as intersectional relations of power. In order to take stock of this, one needs to deconstruct/reconstruct from an historical, theoretical and practical perspective the (international) legal discourse.

Inasmuch as such deconstruction/reconstruction process is already and profitably under way in the anglophone world, the Programme of Translegal, Feminist and Gender Studies will pursue the following objectives:

1)      Present this body of work to the francophone world, and engage in a critical discussion of it using the abundant francophone feminist tradition in order to develop new studies in that area in international law;

2)      Actively foster an inclusive approach to gender at the normative and institutional levels in international law in order to reinforce social and economic equality of individuals whichever gender identity or sexual orientation they define themselves with, while having gender as an explicit and inescapable element of international policy-making;

3)      In addition to questioning the global dimensions of what is nowadays called feminist governance, and identifying solutions to the obstacles generated by “gender mainstreaming”;

4)      Finally, build up an institutional platform around which a network of scholars, practitioners and any other professionals interested in those issues can organize in order to contribute to the implementation of the objectives listed above.

The Olympe network, named after Olympe de Gouges, one of the first French feminist figures, has been instituted on 25 January 2014 at University Paris 1. As of today, are members of Olympe:

-Aoust Oriane-Jill (University Paris 1, France and North West Univ., South Africa)

-Apostolidis Charalambos (Dijon University, France)

-Betencur Laura (University of Bogotá, Colombia)

-Burgorgue Larsen Laurence (University Paris 1, France)

-Bosco Livia (Bar of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

-Botoko Catherine (University Paris 1, France)

-Brejon Aude (University Paris 2, France)

-Caffa Edwina (University Paris 1, France)

-Chagnon Rachel (UQAM, Canada)

-Charlesworth Hilary (National University of Sidney, Australia)

-Christakis Théodore (University of Grenoble, France)

-Choron Juliette (CIDFF, France)

-Coelho José Manuel (University Paris 1, France)

-Corten Olivier (ULB, Belgium)

-Coulée Frédérique (University of Evry Val d’Essonne, France)

-D’Aoust Anne Marie (UQAM, Canada)

-Delcourt Barbara (ULB, Belgique)

-De Caunes Cécile (Sciences Po Paris, France)

-Desrutins Jennie (France)

-Erpelding Michel, (University Paris 1, France)

-Fouchard, Isabelle (CNRS, France)

-Gallié (UQAM, Canada)

-Gaurier Dominique (University of Nantes, France)

-Gralhien Aline (Lincoln Associates, France)

-Graure Catalin (University of Bucarest, Roumania)

-Hennebel Ludovic (ULB, Belgium)

-Hennette Vauchez Stéphanie (University Paris 10, France)

-Hererra Carlos Miguel (University of Cergy Pontoise, France)

-Isailovic Ivana (ULB, Belgium)

-Kevonian Dzovinar (University Paris 1, France)

-Kiki Lydie (University of Cocody, Ivory Coast)

-Kilvicim Zeynep (University of Istanbul, Turkey)

-Koffi Anne Marie (University of Cocody, Ivory Coast)

-Krari-Laya Chehrazad (University Paris 1, France)

-Kridis Noura (University of Tunis, Tunisia)

-Lagerwall Anne (ULB, Belgium)

-Latissa Kamaya (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)

-Lazaar Sarah (University Paris 1, France)

-Lorite Escorihuela Alexandre (American University of Cairo, Egypt)

-Marceau Gabrielle (WTO, Canada)

-Martineau Anne Charlotte (University of Helsinki, Finland)

-Mégret, Frédéric (McGill University, Canada)

-Motoc, Iulia (University of Bucarest, Roumania)

-Moschel Mathias (Project REGINE, France)

-Muir Watt Horatia (Sciences Po Paris, France)

-Munoz Rodriguez Carmen (Universidad de Jaén, Spain)

-Orford Anne (University of Melbourne, Australia)

-Otomo Yuriko (SOAS, London, UK)

-Raisz Aniko (University of Miskolck, Hungary)

-Roman Diane (University of Tours, France)

-Ruiz-Fabri Hélène (Université Paris 1, France)

-Salwa Mohamed Salwa (UN Permanent Mission, Chad)

-Saris Anne (UQAM, Canada)

-Schramm Bérénice (IHEID | Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland)

-Sorel Jean-Marc (University Paris 1, France)

-Staiano Fulvia ( European University Institute of Florence, Italy)

-Stirn Nora (University Paris 1, France and University of Washington, USA)

-Tabau Anne-Sophie (University Paris 13, France)

-Tallgren Immi (University of Helsinki, Finland)

-Taxil Bérangère (Université d’Angers, France)

-Tigroudja Hélène (University of Aix-Marseille, France)

-Torres Camprubi, Alexandra (Nansen Institute, Norway)

-Tourme Jouannet Emmanuelle (Science Po Paris, France)

-Tremblay Christine (University of Leiden, Netherlands)

-Treuvey Etienne( University Paris 1, France)

-Virgili Fabrice, (CNRS, France)

-Zénaïde Jorges Mara (University Paris 1, France)

(1) The English acronym corresponds to the following terms describing various gender and sexual orientations or identities: lesbian, gay, bi, transsexual or transgender, queer or “questioning”, intersex, and asexual or ally.