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Christine Chinkin is Professor in International Law at London School of Economics. She is also an overseas affiliated faculty member of the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Chinkin’s main interests are in public international law, especially the law of treaties, human rights, with emphasis on the protection of women’s rights, and domestic and international dispute resolution.

Her publications include:

  • Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, Title on Foreign Relations (2nd edition, 2001)
  • Third Parties in International Law (1993)
  • Dispute Resolution in Australia (co-author, 2nd edition 2002)
  • Her award-winning work (with H. Charlesworth and S. Wright) ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law’ was published in the American Journal of International Law and led to a book-length treatment of this subject

The Boundaries of International Law: A Feminist Analysis (2000) co-authored with Hilary Charlesworth.

Professors Christine Chinkin and Hilary Charlesworth were jointly selected by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) to receive the 2006 Goler T. Butcher Medal, “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law”. In April 2001, Professor Chinkin was awarded ASIL’s Certificate of Merit for ‘outstanding contribution to scholarship.’ She has also been awarded a research grant by the MacArthur Foundation (with Professor Charlesworth) to examine the gender dimensions of international dispute resolution.

Christine is on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and of the Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law. She has been a consultant on Public International Law to the Asian Development Bank and a member of its External Forum on Gender, and on human trafficking to the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. She advises a number of non-governmental organisations on gender and human rights issues.


  • Judge, Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal, Tokyo (NGO initiative, held December 2000; opinion issued December 2001)
  • Member, Expert Panel on the Torture Convention, FCO, 2003-4 Board Member, Interights (1997, to present)
  • Member, Study Group on Europe’s Security Tasks and Capabilities (established J. Solana, 2004)
  • Director of Studies, International Law Association (2004, to date)
  • CMG, Christine was appointed CMG in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to advancing women’s human rights worldwide (June 2017)


Christine regularly teaches post-graduate courses (LLM, MSc). Currently convenes and teaches courses in: International Law, Theory and Practice, International Human Rights of Women and Key Issues in Human Rights. Has taught courses in the Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals, International Dispute Resolution, International Criminal Law and Public International Law. She has also contributed to training courses for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Amnesty International and the British Council.