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.



General Human Rights Instruments and their Relevance to Women

The purpose of this paper is to examine the general human rights standards�frequently described as the "mainstream" human rights standards�and their relevance to women. At the outset, I would like to put the material I am about to discuss into some form of context and secondly, I would like to point to a number of problems which have been identified as presenting obstacles so far as the application of the general human rights standards to women is concerned. These obstacles, which are evident at the international level, will recur as themes in our discussion of the domestic application of the general standards of human rights for the benefit of women.


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