Women's Human Rights

Women's Human Rights studies the deprivation and violence women suffer due to discriminatory laws, religions, and customs and demonstrates how international human rights treaties can be used to develop new laws and court decisions that protect women against discrimination, subordination, and violence.

Women's Human Rights
The International and Comparative Law Casebook

Susan Deller Ross

2008 | 704 pages | Cloth $135.00 | Paper $55.00
Law | Women's Studies/Gender Studies
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Table of Contents

Using This Book

Chapter 1. Women's Status and CEDAW
I. Women's Human Rights: An Introduction
II. Women's Status Around the World
III. The Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
IV. Case Study: Afghanistan

Chapter 2. Equality Doctrines and Gender Discrimination: The Evolving Jurisprudence of the UN Human Rights Committee and the U.S. Supreme Court
I. Early International Sources of Women's Human Rights
II. The UN Human Rights Committee: Its Role and Function
III. Equality Doctrines, Gender, and the United States Supreme Court: A Comparative Standard

Chapter 3. The Interrelationship of the ICCPR and the ICESCR; and the Human Rights Committee's Evolving Equal Protection Doctrine
I. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
II. Applying Equal Protection to Different Sex-Based Statutes
III. Case Study: Philippine Family Law

Chapter 4. Conflicting Human Rights Under International Law: Freedom of Religion Versus Women's Equality Rights
I. Comparison of Religious Fundamentalist Norms in Five Religions
II. The UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights
III. Religious Freedom and Women's Rights Under the ICCPR and CEDAW
IV. A Comparative View of How the Conflict Between Religious Freedom and Women's Rights Is Resolved Under the U.S. Constitution

Chapter 5. Enforcing Women's International Human Rights Under Regional Treaties: The American Convention on Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
I. Introduction to the American Convention on Human Rights
II. A Challenge to Costa Rica's Gender-Based Nationality Law
III. Case Study: Costa Rican Nationality Law Revisited in a Costa Rican Court
IV. Other Women's Issues in the American System
V. Introduction to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
VI. The Relevance to Women of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

Chapter 6. Enforcing Women's International Human Rights Under Regional Treaties: The [European] Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
I. Introduction to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
II. Using the European Convention

Chapter 7. Economic Empowerment and Employment Discrimination: Europe and the United States Compared
I. Women's Economic Empowerment
II. The European System
III. The United States System

Chapter 8. The Special Treatment Versus Equal Treatment Debate
I. The International Labour Organization
II. Special Treatment Versus Equal Treatment in the Context of Childbirth and Childcare

Chapter 9. CEDAW in Practice
I. Egypt as Case Study: CEDAW's Effectiveness in Addressing the Subordination of Women in Marriage
II. Strategies for Using CEDAW to Effect Change at Home

Chapter 10. Enforcing Women's International Rights at Home: International Law in Domestic Courts
I. The Relationship Between National and International Law: Theory
II. Applying the International Right to Equal Treatment Without Regard to Gender in Domestic Courts
III. Applying the International Right Against Slavery and Slave-like Practices in a Domestic Court

Chapter 11. Strategies to Combat Domestic Violence
I. Domestic Violence and "Honor Crimes"
II. Holding the State Responsible for Private Violence
III. International and Regional Law Concerning Domestic Violence
IV. Examples of Different State Mechanisms in Action

Chapter 12. Strategies for Ending Female Genital Mutilation and Footbinding: Western Imperialism or Women's Human Rights?
I. Cultural Relativism
II. FGM: The Practice, Its Consequences, and Its Prevalence
III. Footbinding—Comparing Two Movements
IV. Breast Implants: Female Breast Mutilation?
V. National Legal Approaches: What Works?

Chapter 13. Gender and Polygyny—Religion, Culture, and Equality in Marriage
I. An Introduction to the Practice of Polygyny
II. Women's Voices
III. Equal Protection Versus Religious Freedom
IV. Perspectives on Polygyny
V. A Case Study: Uganda
VI. Resolving the Polygyny Question

Chapter 14. Women's Reproductive Rights
I. Introduction
II. Abortion: Women's Autonomy Versus Fetal Life
III. Sex-Selective Abortion: A Conflict of Interests
IV. Child Marriage and Reproductive Rights

Table of Cases
Acronyms and Short Forms
Credits and Permissions