Gender based violence is one of the main social forces producing and reproducing gender inequality. Brought to international and national policy agendas by feminist movements it has lately become a core policy issue discussed not just in the framework of gender equality but related to policies on human rights, crime prevention, child protection, health, development, cross border migration and trafficking and conflict and post conflict intervention. This course aims to look at the law and the politics of gender based violence through understanding the main challenges of framing it as a policy and international human rights issue. The course will aim to understand contestation of the policy meanings of gender based violence, alternative approaches to it and examine currently existing international conventions, case law and standards set by different international human rights bodies and state responses. The course will pay particular attention to some specific forms of gender based violence such as domestic violence, femicide, rape, traditional forms of violence, trafficking and violence in conflict and post conflict situations.