Black Women and International Law: Deliberate Interactions, Movements and Actions

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Jeremy I. Levitt
Cambridge University Press, Apr 30, 2015 - Law
From Compton to Cairo, Bahia to Brixton, black women have been disproportionally affected by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, discrimination and violence. Despite being one of the largest and geographically dispersed groups in the world, they are rarely referenced or considered as a subject of analysis in international law literature. Thus, it is vital that scholars refashion global discourse by re-conceptualizing international law and relations from their unique experiences and perspectives. This collection covers a broad range of topics and issues that examine the complex interactions - as subjects and objects - between black women and international law. The book critically explores the manifold relationship between them with a view toward highlighting the historic and contemporary ways in which they have influenced and been influenced by transnational law, doctrine, norms, jurisprudence, public policy, public discourse and global governance. It purports to unearth old law and fashion new paradigms born out of the experiences of black women.

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Jeremy I. Levitt is Dean and Vice Chancellor's Chair at the University of New Brunswick Law School in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He recently served as the Distinguished Professor of International Law at Florida A&M University. Professor Levitt is a leading scholar on the international law of the use of force, human rights law, peace studies, and the international law and politics of Africa. In 20123, he was the Fulbright Research Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa. He has authored two books, edited four, and written more than thirty academic articles. He recently completed a groundbreaking study titled Illegal Peace Africa: An Inquiry into the Legality of Power Sharing with Warlords, Rebels, and Junta (2012).

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