Saturday, November 29, 2008

Read On! Women's International Human Rights


Looking for innovative new course materials on women and international law? Check out a welcome addition to the options by Susan Deller Ross. Professor of Law and Director of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center (photo above).
Women’s Human Rights: The International and Comparative Casebook (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) Cloth, 688 pages) is one of the newest volumes issued by the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series.
Deller Ross, a top U.S. women’s civil rights advocate and scholar, now provides a much-needed legal bird’s eye view on women’s international human rights in a format suitable for new courses or seminars. Among the complex and controversial legal and policy issues addressed (and which IntLawGrrls contributors and readers regularly discuss):
Women’s Rights in Marriage and Family Life (e.g., child marriage, property and inheritance rights in divorce or widowhood);
Violence against Women, whether officially sanctioned or culturally-enforced (e.g., rape as a weapon of war or civil conflict, marital rape, domestic violence/”honor” killings, female genital mutilation/female genital cutting);
The Economic and Social Status and Rights of Women (e.g., labor and employment rights and reproductive rights). The book analyzes leading cases in both international and comparative perspective. Such efforts will, one hopes, lead to more inclusive and effective law school curricula as well as advocacy on the human rights of more than half the world’s population.

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