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This list of landmark cases is not complete, and will grow with time. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, for example, has decided many key cases on violence against women that continue to have had an impact around the world:

  • Sahide Goecke (deceased) v. Austria (2005)
  • Fatma Yildirim v. Austria (2005)
  • Karen Tayag Vertido v. Philippines (2008)
  • V.K. v. Bulgaria (2008)
  • Cecilia Kell v. Canada (2008)
  • Isatou Jallow v. Bulgaria (2011)
  • V.P.P. v. Bulgaria (2011)

If you are interested in reading about a case but do not see it here, please refer to one of the resources below for more information.

Note: The Centre for Women, Peace and Security (LSE) is not responsible for the content on other websites.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

United Nations Treaty Bodies 

European Court of Human Rights

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights 

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Other Resources


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