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.



Litigation Raising Issues Relating to Women's Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: the Experience of Kiribati

This paper has been prepared for a panel discussion of the above-mentioned topic. If the paper confined literally to the terms of the heading, then it would of necessity, be extremely brief because so far there has been no such litigation in Kiribati. Not only there has been no local case in which a court has used international standards to determine women's human rights, but to my knowledge, nowhere in the Pacific region has a court used an international convention for such a purpose.


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