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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Congress of Women (1915)

Freya Baetens

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 March 2024

1815 to World War I — Women, rights — Children, rights — Right to education — War crimes — Armed conflict — Weapons, nuclear

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The Hague Peace Conferences (1899 and 1907) are part of the common knowledge of all public international lawyers. The fact that a third ‘unofficial’ peace conference was held in The Hague under the auspices of the International Women’s Movement in 1915 has, however, been swept into a dusty corner of history (Feminism, Approach to International Law; Pacifism). The timing of the International Congress of Women made the ongoing World War I evidently its first and foremost topic of discussion, although it was agreed in advance that the Congress would not be used as...
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