GSL Online

Gender & Sexuality Law Online is a webjournal published by the Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.

Subject: International Law

Female Genital Cutting: The Pressures of Culture, International Attention, and Domestic Law on the Role of African Women

Author: Aisha Nicole Davis, JD 2012 Abstract: This essay examines the international scrutiny of female genital cutting (FGC) often referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM), and how international legislation overlooks the women affected by the procedure. It focuses on FGC on the continent of Africa,...

Prosecuting Human Trafficking as a Crime Against Humanity under the Rome Statute

Author: Jane Kim, JD 2011 Abstract: Bought and sold, consumed and exploited: human bodies, labor, personhood, and dignity have become the most valuable, reusable, and profitable products in the 2011 world market. In the early twenty-first century, increased awareness and international concern mobilized...

Orientalism and EU Accession

Author: Laura Stafford, JD 2011 Abstract: This paper seeks to analyze EU accession procedures and their effects on subject countries. It examines the EU’s accession process as it relates to Romania’s decriminalization of homosexuality. The paper suggests that the EU “orientalizes”...

Sheltering and Discriminating: Homosexuality and Immigration Law in the United States

Author: Claire O’Sullivan, JD 2010 Abstract: Noting that America’s relationship with homosexuality is defined by a willingness to tolerate homosexuality (to an extent) but an unwillingness to view homosexuals as actual equals, as demonstrated by Wendy Brown, this paper argues that the interplay...

The Biopolitics of Gender in Iran: How a “Third Gender” has Formed

Author: Donna Azoulay, JD 2010 Abstract: In the Islamic Republic of Iran both the role of gender and the commitment to gender have resulted in a blatant deployment of power over individual bodies. Gender as defined in this context is masculine/feminine, where the stakes for masculinity are particularly high....

The Creation of the Living Dead: North Korean Refugee Women in China

Author: Jeannie Chung, JD 2010 Abstract: North Korean refugee women who cross the border into China are vulnerable to traffickers who channel them into sex work or “marriage” to rural Chinese farmers. Faith-based NGOs play a unique role in the assistance of these women, because, unlike other...

State Cooption and the Search for Converging Interests

Author: Eleanor Carr, JD 2010 Abstract: Many states use their asserted public commitment to human rights norms to increase their legitimacy in the eyes of the international community. A state’s decision to take on particular rights may come from homegrown movements or may be imposed by the international...