Title: The Gender Politics of Legality: A Feminist Analysis of Legal Construction in International Law
PhD Supervisors: Nico Krisch and Elisabeth Prügl (IR/PS)
Expected completion date: 2023
The literature on legality in international law is markedly characterized by a concern with finding shared understandings and common semantics in order to identify, ascertain, and secure the boundaries between law and non-law. By combining law and society studies, along with cultural sociology and feminist epistemologies, this study seeks to explore the construction of legality (and its borders) through its places of contention, heterogeneity, and divergence.
Juliana is a PhD student in International Law with a minor in International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She is a holder of a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars and a research assistant to the project “Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals”, housed at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. She holds an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security (cum laude) from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an LLB (summa cum laude) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). Previously, Juliana worked as a project assistant to the Institute for Societal Resilience of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2018-2019), and contributed as research associate to the Netherlands Office of the Public International Law and Policy Group (2017-2018). She was also an intern at the International Criminal Court in 2019 and worked as an academic secretary at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte from 2013 to 2017. She is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association since 2017. For her PhD thesis, she is working on feminist approaches to the identification and construction of legality in international law.
Academic Work Experience
(2020 - current) Research Assistant to the project “Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals”, housed at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
(2017-2018) Research Associate to the Netherlands Office of the Public International Law and Policy Group
- Legal Theory
- Feminist International Jurisprudence
- Women, Peace and Security
- Gender Definition in International Criminal Law
- Yogyakarta Principles.
1. de Carvalho, J. S. (2018). A Male Future: An Analysis on the Gendered Discourses regarding Lethal Autonomous Weapons. Amsterdam Law Forum, 10(2): 41-61.
2. Santos de Carvalho, Juliana and Carolina Oliveira Beghelli. 2021. Everyday deco-lonialities of feminist publishing: A social cartography. Working Paper 14 | 2021. Geneva: Gender Centre, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Fellowships, Grants and Awards
- Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars
- VU Fellowship Programme
Member of the Brazilian Bar Association since 2017