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Since the mid-1990s, increasing international attention has been paid to the issue of violence against women; however, there is still no explicit international human rights treaty prohibition on violence against women and the issue remains poorly defined and understood under international human rights law. Drawing on feminist theories of international law and human rights, this critical examination of the United Nations' legal approaches to violence against women analyses the merits of strategies which incorporate women's concerns of violence within existing human rights norms such as equality norms, the right to life, and the prohibition against torture. Although feminist strategies of inclusion have been necessary as well as symbolically powerful for women, the book argues that they also carry their own problems and limitations, prevent a more radical transformation of the human rights system and ultimately reinforce the unequal position of women under international law.Read more
- Close investigation of existing texts and jurisprudence tests feminist criticisms regarding the international human rights system and ensures that no assumptions are made
- Adopts the perspective of feminist theories of international law, allowing readers to become fluent in feminist discourse on human rights
- Proposes procedural, substantive, conceptual and structural reforms to the existing international human rights treaty system which reconcile the theoretical with the legal and practical challenges it faces
- Reflects on existing United Nations strategies on violence against women from a feminist critical legal theory perspective and considers what this means for female victims of violence
Reviews & endorsements
"This treatment of the status of violence against women under international human rights law by Dr Alice Edwards is a tour de force of erudition and rigour. The book succeeds on three levels: first, it offers an exceptional synthesis of the current state of international law in this area; second, it provides an excellent entry-point into feminist theoretical scholarship to explain clearly why this terrain is so difficult to traverse; and third, it offers a way forward which is strategic and underpinned by the author’s lived experience as a practitioner and advocate for women."
Susan Harris Rimmer, Human Rights Law ReviewSee more reviews
"… a thorough and detailed assessment of three areas of international human rights jurisprudence as applied to violence against women - a collection that will make this book a go-to resource for anyone writing in the field … Edwards’s call to reassess continually the efforts to include women and their perspectives in the human rights system is one that we must all take seriously. Her book is a powerful step in that direction."
Jaya Ramji-Nogales, American Society of International Law
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- Date Published: February 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521767132
- length: 410 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.72kg
- contains: 1 table
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Feminist theories on international law and human rights
3. The international human rights treaty system: practice and procedure
4. Equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sex
5. Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
6. The right to life
7. Conundrums, paradoxes, and continuing inequality: revisiting feminist narratives
8. Strategising next steps: treaty body reform and humanising women.
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