On 7 September 2018, the Center for Research on Law, Equity and Diversity (LEAD) at the Faculty of Law at Queen Mary University of London hosted the launch of the book International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives (Routledge, 2018). The book examines the lives and professional accomplishments of seven women judges from African countries who have served, or are currently serving in international courts and tribunals. The book’s innovation and contributions are enhanced by masterfully combining the lived experiences of the women judges with legal narratives, postcolonial theory and feminist legal theory. Prof. Kate Malleson opened the event with her welcome remarks, during which she commented on the scholarly contributions the book makes to the literature on international courts, gender and judging.
Dr. J. Jarpa Dawuni, the lead editor of the book discussed how her motivations for the book project developed out of the dearth of literature on women judges from the African continent. Commenting on the generalizability of the book, she noted that based on feedback from earlier book discussions, “women judges who are not from Africa are able to relate to the narratives of the seven women judges in this book. There are many similarities in these narratives that speak to the experiences of many women judges on international courts.” She hinted that these