Advancing the Human Rights of Women

Using International Human Rights Standards in Domestic Litigation

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This publication contains papers presented by judges, academics, lawyers and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations at the Asia/South Pacific regional judicial colloquium for senior judges on the domestic application of international human rights norms relevant to the human rights of women. It provides an overview of the applicable international standards, examines the challenges involved in promoting the human rights of women and girls in domestic litigation, and explores the ways in which international human rights norms can be relied on in domestic litigation to achieve that goal.



Closing Address

I am honoured and privileged to be invited to give the closing address at this important colloquium and to such a distinguished galaxy of stars plucked from around the Commonwealth's judicial firmament. The holding of this colloquium and the others before it is living testimony to the crucial role played by the Commonwealth Secretariat in the promotion and internationalisation of human rights norms the world over.


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