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Feminist Dialogues on International LawSuccess, Tensions, Futures$
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Gina Heathcote

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199685103.001.0001

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Feminist Dialogues on International Law

Gina Heathcote

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 argues that there is a gap between gender expertise, as a technique of global governance, and the transnational feminisms that gender law reform becomes a near-replica of. This chapter examines the rise of gender expertise within global governance to pay attention to what is lost, subsumed, and forgotten in the techniques of global governance, examining how transnational feminist histories and actions become subsumed within and yet expunged from gender law reform within international law. Thus, chapter 2 considers how a great deal of gender law reform functions as a plastic, near-replica of the complex feminist transnational knowledge (or, in Arendt’s words ‘know-how’) and histories that the reforms are expected to incorporate and replicate within global governance—ultimately erasing more feminist knowledge than they integrate.

Keywords:   gender experts, global governance, peripheral subjects, intersectionality, Arendt, know-how

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