What is it about?

This review explores the overall themes that are examined in the book - the invisibility, objectification, exclusion and exploitation of black women. Of special note are the stories of Baartman and Truganini, poignant examples of black women who were failed by justice.

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Why is it important?

In a world swirling with conflicting narratives about people of colour, the need for the legal and academic context contained in this book is welcome and essential. This book is a step towards realising a dream of effective international justice and equal human dignity – giving voice to the voiceless, naming the nameless and bringing the invisible into focus. This review encourages readers to engage with issues raised.

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In a world where justice, fairness and equality are measured, among other things, by gender parity, research in international law needs to focus on this significant cross-section of the world’s population. As long as the issues specific to black women in international law remain unaddressed, effective implementation of international human rights law will remain a dream rather than a reality. Black women are often the voiceless and invisible subjects of international law. This should no longer be the case.

Dr Foluke Ifejola Adebisi
University of Bristol

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This page is a summary of: Levitt, Jeremy I. (ed.),Black Women and International Law, African Journal of International and Comparative Law, February 2016, Edinburgh University Press, DOI: 10.3366/ajicl.2016.0146.
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