On the Gender of Treaty Withdrawal

Professor Başak Çalı

30 September 2022, 11:00–12:00 CEST

Turkey’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, commonly known as the Istanbul Convention, on 20 March 2021 quickly made headlines and attracted many statements of commiseration. Professor Dr. Çalı was one of the few commentators who argued that international law and the Council of Europe can (and should) do more against a bad faith withdrawal from a major (women’s) human rights treaty. In this talk, Professor Dr. Başak Çalı’s aim is to revisit this argument and ask: has the time arrived to talk about (inspired by Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin‘s 1993 piece on the ‘Gender of Ius Cogens’ ) ‘the Gender of Treaty Withdrawal’?

Başak Çalı is Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Co-Director of the School’s Centre for Fundamental Rights. She is an expert in international law and institutions, international human rights law and policy. She has authored publications on theories of international law, the relationship between international law and domestic law, standards of review in international law, interpretation of human rights law, legitimacy of human rights courts and implementation of human rights judgments. She is the Chair of European Implementation Network and a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex. She has acted as a Council of Europe expert on the European Convention on Human Rights since 2002. She has extensive experience in training members of the judiciary and lawyers across Europe in the field of human rights law. She received her PhD in International Law from the University of Essex in 2003. An interview with Professor Çalı by Dr Alexa Koenig and published on Atlas Women can be found here.

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