The Law of Armed Conflict and the Operational Relevance of Gender: The Australian Defence Force's Implementation of the Australian National Action Plan.

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Prescott, J.

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2016

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Gender, Peace Building and Security

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English

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Prescott, J. (2016). The Law of Armed Conflict and the Operational Relevance of Gender: The Australian Defence Force's Implementation of the Australian National Action Plan. In Stephens, D. & Babie, P. (eds.). Imagining Law: Essays in Conversation with Judith Gardam. University of Adelaide Press. pp. 195-216.

This chapter focuses on the disconnect between areas of operational law and the significance of women in armed conflict as both civilians and combatants. Writing from her own experiences as a law officer, Prescott addresses the little attention paid to human rights within the law of armed conflict (LOAC), particularly that of women and girls. Whilst there has been much progression in terms of investigating and prosecuting sex-and-gender-based violence (SGBV), the acknowledgement and understanding of gender and its operational relevance in a LOAC context remains overshadowed. To address this, gender perspectives and methodologies will require significant changes.