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    The fallacy of gender-neutral legal procedure is limiting women’s access to justice

The fallacy of gender-neutral legal procedure is limiting women’s access to justice

Visiting Fellow and women’s human rights lawyer Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana makes the case for a gender perspective to be applied to legal procedural rules.

This piece reflects on how laws regulating procedural issues, such as admissibility can hamper women’s access to justice. It will be followed by further posts, which focus on the Committee on the Elimination of […]

May 25th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments|
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    International law and the continuum of gender-based violence

International law and the continuum of gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) occurs throughout the world across times of war and peace, impacting women, LGBTQI people, children and men. Joanne Neenan and Professor Christine Chinkin discuss how the continuum of violence framework may influence International Law and the effect this can have on GBV interventions.

Gender-based violence (GBV) seeps into homes, onto battlefields and follows displaced persons fleeing persecution […]

April 6th, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|Comments Off on International law and the continuum of gender-based violence|

Female Genital Mutilation should be prosecuted as a crime against humanity

200 million girls and women alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In her second post considering FGM and international law, Antonia Mulvey uses five criteria to explore whether FGM can constitute a crime against humanity.

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In my last post, I argued that all forms of FGM can constitute torture under international […]

April 3rd, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Female Genital Mutilation should be prosecuted as a crime against humanity|

Female Genital Mutilation should be recognised as a form of torture

FGM inflicts immediate and long-term pain and suffering on those who undergo it and is internationally recognised as a human rights violation. Antonia Mulvey argues that FGM could constitute a form of torture under international law.

This is the first of a two-part series looking at how FGM is framed in the international legal context.

At least 200 million […]

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    From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations

From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations

Ban Ki-Moon’s apology for the role of the UN in the cholera outbreak in Haiti, reignited the debate on the need for the UN to recognise its legal responsibility for human rights violations.  Louise Arimatsu and Christine Chinkin suggest that the UN’s failure to accept legal responsibility for the human rights violations of its mission in Kosovo threatens the […]

December 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations|
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    The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco

The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco

The Atenco case (Mariana Selvas Gomez and others v. Mexico) draws attention to the impunity with which state agents have committed violence against women, and is the latest in series of cases involving gender-based violence in Mexico. Lucía Mazzuca and Keina Yoshida explain how the case presents the Inter-American Court with an opportunity to strengthen its jurisprudence.

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November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco|
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    States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians

States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians

Lisa Gormley calls on governments to act on the recommendations in the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s report on ‘Sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians’ and take all measures to address the abuse experienced by women in public life.

 

“There’s a reason why extremists use violence: they cannot win a battle of ideas”

Malala Yousafzai said this at the memorial event for […]

November 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians|

Conflict-related sexual violence is a preventable crime, and should be a priority for the new UN Secretary-General

William Hague and Angelina Jolie call for concerted global action to end conflict-related sexual violence and tackle societal attitudes that stigmatise survivors and normalise violence towards women.

The list of problems in the in-tray of the new United Nations Secretary-General will be one of the most daunting ever facing anyone in that position. It is fortunate that in António Guterres, […]

November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Conflict-related sexual violence is a preventable crime, and should be a priority for the new UN Secretary-General|

Rape myths and the rights of victims: why the UK needs to ratify the Istanbul Convention

In response to the acquittal of Ched Evans on charges of rape, Lisa Gormley reflects on the UK government’s approach to ensuring women’s right to protection of the law, and sets out how ratifying the Istanbul Convention would help achieve positive change.

 

The acquittal of Ched Evans has brought an important moment to reflect on where the UK government, Crown Prosecution Service and the judiciary are in […]

October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rape myths and the rights of victims: why the UK needs to ratify the Istanbul Convention|