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.



Personal/Common Law Conflicts and Women's Human Rights in the South Pacific: the Solomon Islands Experience

Human rights principles have been incorporated in most of the Pacific Islands countries' constitutions, something which was done as a pre-requisite to independence. These countries have a common feature of a plural legal system. There are the customary law, statute laws and legal processes imported during the colonial rule before independence, and laws passed by the national legislatures.


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