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LEAD Book Launch and Seminar: International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives

7 September 2018

Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm
Venue: Room 313, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

The Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD) is hosting a special seminar to launch ‘International Courts and the African Woman Judge ‘, edited by Josephine Jarpa Dawuni and Hon. Akua Kuenyehia, and published by Routledge.

International Courts and the African Woman Judge coverAbstract

What do we know about African women judges? Who are these women and what explains their trajectory to international courts and top domestic courts? What contributions are they making to the courts and global justice? A sequel to Bauer and Dawuni's pioneering study on Gender and the Judiciary in Africa (Routledge, 2016), International Courts and the African Woman Judge examines questions on gender diversity, representative benches, and international courts by focusing on women judges from the continent of Africa. Using legal narratives and in-depth exploration of seven women judges, the book debunks existing misconceived notions of the individual and personal agency of theAfrican woman. The panel will explore important questions about how the politics of judicial appointments, gender, geographic location, class, and professional capital combine to shape the lives of women judges who sit on international and domestic courts. The discussion will address the often misunderstood, overlooked and underrated contributions of African women to the global discourse on feminism, global justice, international courts and international organizations.


  • Josephine Jarpa Dawuni
  • Judge Florence Ndepele Mwachande Mumba
  • Judge Elsie Nwanwuri Thompson
  • Judge Reine Alapini Gansou
  • Tabeth Masengu.


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