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Women as Constitution-Makers
Case Studies from the New Democratic Era

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Ruth Rubio-Marín, Helen Irving, Sara Borrillo, Elena Brodeala, Silvia Suteu, Noga Efrati, Sakuntala Kadirgamar, Julieta Lemaitre, Bertil Emrah Oder, Mariz Tadros, Susan H. Williams
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  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108492775

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  • That a constitution should express the will of 'the people' is a long-standing principle, but the identity of 'the people' has historically been narrow. Women, in particular, were not included. A shift, however, has recently occurred. Women's participation in constitution-making is now recognised as a democratic right. Women's demands to have their voices heard in both the processes of constitution-making and the text of their country's constitution, are gaining recognition. Campaigning for inclusion in their country's constitution-making, women have adopted innovative strategies to express their constitutional aspirations. This collection offers, for the first time, comprehensive case studies of women's campaigns for constitutional equality in nine different countries that have undergone constitutional transformations in the 'participatory era'. Against a richly-contextualised historical and political background, each charts the actions and strategies of women participants, both formal and informal, and records their successes, failures and continuing hopes for constitutional equality.

    • Offers case studies of women as constitution-makers in nine individual countries, with a focus on countries other than the 'West'
    • Offers case studies of constitution-making in newly-democratising or post-conflict countries
    • The Introduction draws lessons from a comparison of the case studies, as well as addressing larger, synthetic questions about both the importance of women's participation in constitution-making, and the obstacles women face as constitution-makers
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    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108492775
    • length: 394 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ruth Rubio-Marín and Helen Irving
    1. Women's movements and the recognition of gender equality in the constitution-making process in Morocco and Tunisia (2011–14) Sara Borrillo
    2. Women and constitution-making in post-Communist Romania Elena Brodeala and Silvia Suteu
    3. Re-living yesterday's battles: women and constitution-making in post-Saddam Iraq Noga Efrati
    4. Women's participation in peace-building and constitution-making in Somalia Sakuntala Kadirgamar
    5. Feminist legalism: Colombian constitution-making in the 1990s Julieta Lemaitre
    6. Women and constitution-making in Turkey: from Ottoman modernism to a constitutionalism of women's platform Bertil Emrah Oder
    7. Egypt's tale of two constitutions: diverging gendered processes and outcomes Mariz Tadros
    8. Dialogic democracy, feminist theory, and women's participation in constitution-making Susan H. Williams.

  • Editors

    Ruth Rubio-Marín, Universidad de Sevilla
    Ruth Rubio-Marín is Professor of Constitutional Law at the Universidad de Sevilla as well as member of the Faculty of The Hauser Global Law School Program at New York University. She is the director of the Gender and Governance Cluster of the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research represents an attempt to understand how public law creates categories of inclusion and exclusion around different axes including gender, citizenship, nationality and ethnicity. Her most recent works include Transforming Gender Citizenship: The Irresistible Rise of Gender Quotas in Europe, with Éléonore Lépinard (eds), (2018) and, with Will Kymlicka (eds), Gender Parity and Multicultural Feminism: Towards a New Synthesis (2018).

    Helen Irving, University of Sydney
    Helen Irving is a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney. She holds degrees in political science, anthropology, history, and law. She has held visiting positions at the University of Hong Kong, Harvard University (with the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies), the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the European University Institute, Florence. She is the author and editor of many works on constitutional history, gender and constitutionalism, and constitutional citizenship, including four monographs, the most recent of which is Citizenship, Alienage and the Modern Constitutional State: A Gendered History (Cambridge, 2016). She has served as an expert adviser to national and international agencies, including the National Archives of Australia, the ABC, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Women, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Australian Academy of Law, Royal Society of New South Wales. She was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2003.


    Ruth Rubio-Marín, Helen Irving, Sara Borrillo, Elena Brodeala, Silvia Suteu, Noga Efrati, Sakuntala Kadirgamar, Julieta Lemaitre, Bertil Emrah Oder, Mariz Tadros, Susan H. Williams

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