Case Law Handbook on Violence Against Women and Girls in Commonwealth East Africa

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

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This case law handbook has been developed by judges in Commonwealth East Africa as a contribution to the development of the jurisprudence of equality. It supports propagation of the procedural recommendations and good practices set out in the Judicial Bench Book on Violence Against Women in Commonwealth East Africa, with a view to providing judicial officers and rule of law practitioners with a comprehensive and up-to-date resource on adjudicating matters fo VAWG in the East African jurisdictions. The handbook presents leading cases of relevance to these jurisdictions and is intended to add to local manuals, guidelines or handbooks that reflect local processes.



Other Gender-Based Violence

This chapter covers court's interpretation of human trafficking, the need to prove motive of dispatchers in cases of human trafficking, the right to abort, discrimination at the work place, the court's discretion in determining the amount of maintenance to be paid, anonymisation of information to protect victims/witnesses, the offence of incest, the political question doctrine, compensation for violation of human rights and the unconstitutionality of demands for refund of bride price.


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