Untold Stories: African Women Judges on International Courts

What do we know about African women judges on international courts? Based on a forthcoming edited book, Dr. Josephine Dawuni will examine the overarching theme of judicial diversity— a gendered and racial diversity that some have argued, reinforces the legitimacy of international courts as arenas for equal opportunity and equal justice. Using a combination of feminist oral history and biographical ethnography, this presentation discusses the lives, achievements, contributions, challenges and successes of African women judges vis-à- vis the major themes discussed in the feminist legal scholarship on women on international courts.

Josephine J. Dawuni holds an LL.B from the University of Ghana, and is a Barrister-at- Law before the Ghana Superior Courts of Judicature. She holds a Doctorate in Political Science from Georgia State University. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL) which focuses on enhancing the capacity of women in the legal professions in Africa and the Diaspora.

Speaker: Dr. Josephine Dawuni, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University, Fellow at the Carnegie African Diaspora, and Founder & Executive Director of the Institute for African Women in Law

Moderator: Dr. Aisling Swaine, Associate Professor of Practice at George Washington University and Director for the Program on Gender Equality in International Affairs