SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Meeting on Forced Marriage as an Abuse of Human Rights: Legal and Social Issues


Date: 16 July 2000Time: 12:00 AM

Venue: London

Type of Event: Meeting

CIMEL/INTERIGHTS convened this meeting at SOAS on 16 July 2000, with the aim of providing an opportunity for practitioners including lawyers, activists and judges, as well as British civil servants, to reflect on the scope and dimensions of the problem of forced marriage as an abuse of internationally recognised human rights, and to explore legal and other strategies to address the problem. Focussing primarily on cases of forced marriage concerning women and girls from the South Asian diasporic communities in the UK, the meeting aimed to bring together practitioners in the 'sending' and 'receiving' countries who have experience of working on such cases. The meeting was very well attended, with 82 participants and a full programme of speakers and discussions. Following the meeting, several of the papers presented were published in the International Family Law journal (with the explicit aim of circulating the information more widely among the UK legal community).