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School of Law

Human rights of women

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The international legal instruments for the guarantee of women's civil and political and economic and social rights will be examined for students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic texts and the international monitoring mechanisms. Detailed attention will be accorded to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, 1979. The impact of certain conceptual assumptions within international law, and human rights law in particular, that militates against the adequate protection of women's rights will be considered. After an examination of the general framework, more detailed attention will be given to certain topics including the family, reproductive rights, violence against women, including in armed conflict, refugees, children's rights and development policies. The course will finally consider the question of whether international human rights law is an appropriate vehicle for the furtherance of women's interests.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course examines the concept of women's human rights and the international legal protections of such rights. It is located within the framework of international law and feminist legal theories.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 70% unseen examination and 30% coursework (one essay of 5000 words). All coursework may be resubmitted.