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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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(p.103) 4 Sovereignty
Feminist Dialogues on International Law

Gina Heathcote

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 analyses the gendering of state sovereignty, via a focus on legal subjectivity articulated without assertion of traditional male models of personhood. Building on intersectionality and the articulation of plural subjectivities in the previous chapters, chapter 4 contemplates a model of split subjectivity as a useful redescription of how state sovereignty functions within global governance. The chapter considers the importance of gendered experiences and histories of law as informing legal knowledge while rejecting a feminist message centred on woman as subject. The chapter develops the split subject as a relational understanding of legal subjects that incorporates the temporal and territorial implications of inter-, cross-, and regional-state relations and analyses the responsibility to protect and secession via the split subject. The split subject is intended to engage international law at its foundations and to displace the masculine subjects implied in mainstream conceptions of state sovereignty.

Keywords:   state sovereignty, split subjects, responsibility to protect, secession, feminist methods, Syria

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