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Constituting Equality
Gender Equality and Comparative Constitutional Law

Susan H. Williams, Drude Dahlerup, Lenita Freidenvall, Helen Irving, Mary Anne Case, Joanna Erdman, Beverly Baines, Pascale Fournier, Aili Marie Tripp, Felicia Coleman, Veronica Undurraga, Rebecca Cook, Christiana Ochoa, Thin Thin Aung, Adrien Wing, Vicki Jackson
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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521898362


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  • Constituting Equality addresses the question, how would you write a constitution if you really cared about gender equality? The book takes a design-oriented approach to the broad range of issues that arise in constitutional drafting concerning gender equality. Each section of the book examines a particular set of constitutional issues or doctrines across a range of different countries to explore what works, where, and why. Topics include: governmental structure (particularly electoral gender quotas); rights provisions; constitutional recognition of cultural or religious practices that discriminate against women; domestic incorporation of international law; and the role of women in the process of constitution making. Interdisciplinary in orientation and global in scope, the book provides a menu for constitutional designers and others interested in how the fundamental legal order might more effectively promote gender equality.

    • Design-oriented - addressed to the question of how to draft or revise a constitution to promote gender equality
    • Interdisciplinary - includes chapters by political scientists and public activists as well as law professors
    • Global - includes contributors from every continent except Antarctica
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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521898362
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: comparative constitutional law, gender equality, and constitutional design Susan H. Williams
    Part I. Structure:
    1. Gender quotas in politics - a constitutional challenge Drude Dahlerup and Lenita Freidenvall
    2. Equality, representation, and challenge to hierarchy: justifying electoral quotas for women Susan H. Williams
    Part II. Rights:
    3. More than rights Helen Irving
    4. Perfectionism and fundamentalism in the application of the German abortion law Mary Anne Case
    5. Moral authority in English and American abortion law Joanna Erdman
    Part III. Cultural/Religious Rights and Gender Equality:
    6. Must feminists support entrenchment of sex equality? Lessons from Quebec Beverly Baines
    7. Deconstructing the east/west binary: substantive equality and Islamic marriage in a comparative dialogue Pascale Fournier
    8. Conflicting agendas? Women's rights and customary law in African constitutional reform Aili Marie Tripp
    9. Gender equality and the rule of law in Liberia: statutory law, customary law, and the status of women Felicia Coleman
    Part IV. Constitutional Incorporation of International Law:
    10. Constitutional incorporation of international and comparative human rights laws: the Colombian constitutional court decision c-355/2006 Veronica Undurraga and Rebecca Cook
    11. Guatemalan transnational feminists: how their search for constitutional equality interplays with international law Christiana Ochoa
    Part V. Women in the Process of Constitution Making:
    12. Women in the constitution drafting process in Burma Thin Thin Aung
    13. Founding mothers for a Palestinian constitution? Adrien Wing
    Conclusion: gender equality and the idea of a constitution: entrenchment, jurisdiction, and interpretation Vicki Jackson.

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    Susan H. Williams, Indiana University, Bloomington


    Susan H. Williams, Drude Dahlerup, Lenita Freidenvall, Helen Irving, Mary Anne Case, Joanna Erdman, Beverly Baines, Pascale Fournier, Aili Marie Tripp, Felicia Coleman, Veronica Undurraga, Rebecca Cook, Christiana Ochoa, Thin Thin Aung, Adrien Wing, Vicki Jackson

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