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.



Creating a Judicial Culture to Promote the Enforcement of Women's Human Rights

I must congratulate the Gender and Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat for organising this judicial colloquium for the senior judges of the Asia Pacific region for discussing the domestic application of international women's human rights norms. The first judicial colloquium on the subject of domestic application of international human rights norms was convened by me in Bangalore, India under the auspices of the Legal Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, where predominantly South Asian and South-East Asian judges of the superior courts met in order to discuss this important topic. That judicial colloquium evolved a number of principles concerning the role of the judiciary in advancing human rights by reference to international human rights norms and these principles have now come to be known as "the Bangalore Principles".


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