Gender justice: gender-based violence

The first objective of the course is to critically engage with the concept of gender-based violence (GBV) in the context of theoretical frameworks and models that have been developed to understand the different manifestations and dynamics of GBV. Secondly, different research methodologies will be introduced in the context of researching gender-based violence and ethical issues discussed. Thirdly, the history and development of the GBV in the context of the international human rights framework and domestic laws, policies and instititions will be explored. Fourthly, the concept of legal pluralism will be introduced in the effort to capture and analyse the complex interplay of laws and norms in different cultural contexts. The final objective is to critically engage with the concept of justice and explore the justice potential of traditional and non-traditional justice systems.


Hildur Fjóla AntonsdóttirCourse coordinator: Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir, PhD candidate, Sociology of Law at Lund University. Ms. Antonsdóttir is a gender expert (M.Sc. in Gender, Development and Globalization from LSE 2005), a former UNU-GEST staff member (from 2010-2014) and Programme Analyst at the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women in New York and Programme Officer with UNIFEM Caribbean Sub-Regional Office (now UN Women) (2006-2009). Ms. Antonsdóttir has also worked on the issue of gender justice and violence within the academic setting as she led an EDDA research project focusing on the processing of rape cases with in the Icelandic criminal justice system (2012-2014). Ms. Antonsdóttir has also worked on various issues related to gender and has conducted, for example, an institutional capacity training in the field of gendered project planning, gender mainstreaming, and gender analysis within institutional settings.