Workshop: Gender, Justice and EU Security Policy

University College Dublin will host a workshop on gender and security in October 2018, examining the EU's gender frameworks' relation to the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). 

University College Dublin (Photo: Alyssa.yeng - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link)

About the workshop

Over 15 years have passed since the signing of the first UN Security Council Resolution (1325) on women peace and security, which kicked off the development of a dominant framework connecting gender dimensions of conflict, crisis management and peace-­‐building to the field of international security. With the ‘Comprehensive approach to the EU implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on women, peace and security’ (1 December 2008) the Council of the EU established the requirement that a “gender perspective, encompassing both women and men, should inform EU external actions in order to achieve a comprehensive response to the threats faced by the civilian population in times of conflict and in its aftermath”. Contemporary feminist scholarship highlights the connection between the EU’s limited engagement with WPS and the mixed and fragmented implementation of gender justice policies in the EU foreign and Security Policy (Deiana and McDonnagh 2017, Olsson 2014; Kronsell 2016). Scholars have further highlighted the lack of strategic feminist actors and networks across the EU that are able to lobbying more successfully for a gender perspective in the European Foreign and Security Policy (Roberta Guerrina and  Katharine A.M. Wright, 2016). This rises questions concerning Europe as a ‘force for  good’ (Stern 2011) in particular concerning the gendering of the European Security Strategy (ESS) and the understanding of justice it is based on.

Building on contemporary research and reports, the workshop sets out to explore the transformative potential of EU gender frameworks (the EU Comprehensive Approach on women peace and security and the gender action plan) on its Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). We would like to address tensions in feminist debates on gender, peace and security concerning, in particular, the different understanding of justice and of the translation of feminist approaches to justice into EU security and conflict management. In short, we would like to provide a platform to discussing the meaning attributed to gender and justice and its practical implications in the EU Foreign and Defence Policy.

To discuss these topics, the GLOBUS Team of the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Politics and International Relations organizes a workshop on October 18 and 19, 2018 at the National University of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

As outcome of and follow on from the workshop we plan a joined publication, an edited book or a special issue in a peer reviewed academic journal.


Participants from GLOBUS partner institutions are expected to cover their own travel expenses while the organizers will cover their local living expenses (meals and hotel). The other participants will have their expenses fully covered.


The deadline for proposals was Friday, 1 June 2018. Any questions should be directed to

Deadline for paper circulation

The accepted participants should send the full paper to the organizers by Friday, September 28, 2018.

Tags: Gender, Cooperation and conflict
Published Oct. 23, 2017 6:08 PM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2018 10:25 AM