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Doris Buss

Professor Department of Law and Legal Studies

Degrees:B.A. (Carleton), LL.B. (Dalhousie), LL.M. (British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8011
Office:D495 LA (Loeb Building)

Teaching and Research Interests

I teach and research in the areas of international law and human rights, women’s rights, global social movements, and feminist theory. My research examines how gender equality and women’s rights norms are framed and contested in various international legal, regulatory and policy sites.  In this work, I explore international law and policy making on women’s international human rights in various UN arenas, as well as the international responses, including criminal prosecution of conflict-related violence against women. My current research takes up these themes in two different ways. In collaboration with colleagues in Africa and Canada, I am involved with two studies of women’s livelihoods in artisanal and small-scale mining in six African countries, exploring the gendered dynamics of national and international governance reforms of resource extraction, particularly in relation to ‘conflict’ minerals. The second strand of my research explores the ‘measurement turn’ in gender equality, and the different regimes for conducting, monitoring, and implementing gender equality commitments. In this work, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team of scholars at Carleton University, I am exploring the epistemological, political and regulatory effects of the ‘measurement turn’ in public policy, both in Canada and internationally. My area of focus in this research is on practices of measurement in post-conflict state-building and rule of law reform.

Selected Publications

(2015) “Measurement Imperatives and Gender Politics: An Introduction”, Social Politics  22: 381-389.

(2014) “Knowing women: Translating Patriarchy in International Criminal Law”, Social & Legal Studies, 23(1): 73-92.

(2014) Buss, Doris, Joanne Lebert, Blair Rutherford, Donna Sharkey, and Obi Aginam, eds. Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: International Agendas and African Contexts. Routledge, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-13-801952-2 (

(2014) “Seeing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: The Limits of Visibility”, in D Buss, J Lebert, B Rutherford, and D Sharkey, eds. Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: International Agendas and African Contexts. Routledge Press, pp. 3-27.

(2010) ‘Learning our Lessons? The Rwanda Tribunal Record on Prosecuting Rape’, in Rethinking Rape Law: International and Comparative Perspectives. Clare McGlynn andVanessa Munro (eds) (London: Routledge-Cavendish) pp. 61-75.

(2009) ‘Rethinking “Rape as a Weapon of War”’, Feminist Legal Studies 17(2): 145-163.

(2007)”‘The Curious Visibility of Wartime Rape: Gender and Ethnicity in International Criminal Law”, Windsor Journal of Access to Justice 25:

(2004) “Finding the Homosexual in Women’s Rights: The Christian Right in International Politics.” International Feminist Journal of Politics (2004) 6 (2), 259-286.

Globalizing Family Values: The Christian Right in International Politics (with Didi Herman) (University of Minnesota Press, 2003).