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.



Speech by Ms Eleni Stamiris, Director, Gender and Youth Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this judicial colloquium which is organised by the Gender and Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Commonwealth Magistrates' and Judges' Association and the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. It is an unprecedented honour for us to have judges from eleven Commonwealth countries in Asia and the South Pacific meeting to deliberate on strategies for promoting the human rights of women through the domestic application of international and regional human rights instruments. I am equally pleased to welcome representatives of the International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia/Pacific, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women and the Office for Development Assistance's Pacific Regional Human Rights Education Resource Team.


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