1. Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald: a biographical note Jeremy I. Levitt, 2. Passing reflections on my journey for justice Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, Part I. Leadership, Human Rights and Peace-Building: 3. Writing black women into political leadership: reflection, trends and contradictions Carole Boyce-Davies, 4. The international human rights of black women: justice or just us? Adrien Wing, 4. Gender parity in the AU women's protocol Fatou Kiné Camara, 5. Law, peace construction and women's rights in Africa: who will safeguard Abeena and Afia? Jeremy I. Levitt, 6. Black women and peacebuilding in international law Anna Spain, Part II. Black Women's Movements: 7. African American women on the world stage: the fourth world conference on women – Beijing Linda Greene, 8. Black women and reparations movements Adjoa Aiyetoro, 9. The work of African women to confront the challenge of climate change Erika George, Part III. Feminine Sovereignty: 10. Black women and reproductive health: a normative inquiry Judith Scully, 11. The nature of black female 'things', the nature of choice: a meditation on Saartjie Baartman and Truganini Karen Bravo, 12. The transactional costs of transnational sex workers: old regimes, new norms Eleanor Brown.