Gender in Treaty Law: An Empirical Perspective

Open Access
Kolb, Lauren Elise
Area of Honors:
Political Science (Behrend)
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • John King Gamble Jr., Thesis Supervisor
  • John King Gamble Jr., Honors Advisor
  • Michael Rutter, Faculty Reader
  • Statistics
  • Multilateral Treaties
  • Women's Issues
  • Feminism
  • Gender
  • International Law
  • Empirical Methods
  • Quantitative
Feminist perspectives have become a substantial part of the development and interpretation of international law. Not only are there many treaties that assign various legal rights to women internationally; but international organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, exist to proactively assert these rights for women domestically. There are many statistical indicators are used to assess the quality of life for women around the world, but no such quantitative analysis has been done specifically about the legal instruments that have a significant impact on gender issues internationally. This thesis strives to address this void and supply a description of the legal rights granted to women globally through treaty law (analyses that describe virtually the entire population) throughout the past 500 years in order to understand trends in treaty making and the implications of these decisions.