Decisions, Conferences, Courses, Resources & News

March 20 2012


Argentina, Supreme Court – legal abortion for rape victims:  F, A. L. s/ Medida Autosatisfactiva”, Expte. Nº 259/2010, Tomo: 46, Letra: F, Tipo: REX     Decision  13 March 2012 online (in Spanish). 
Our 2010 amicus curiae brief.

CEDAW:  V.K. v. Bulgaria.  Failure to protect woman against domestic violence violates CEDAW.   Decision 17 August 2011 online here.
Case summary by Simone Cusack.

Honduras – Supreme Court upholds absolute ban on emergency contraception. CRR press release
Decision is now online. Click on “Documentos” tab here

Ireland, Supreme Court M.D. (Minor) v Ireland AG & DPP  [2012] IESC 10 Supreme Court, 23 February 2012: An Act which criminalises male-female underage sexual intercourse for male children but not female children, on the grounds that female children risk pregnancy, was held not to breach constitutional provisions on equality.   Decision online.

Scotland: Catholic midwives lose abortion ‘conscientious objection’ case Two Roman Catholic midwives have lost a legal battle to avoid taking part in abortion procedures because of their “conscientious objections”. Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood v NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
News item.


Maternal Health and Human Rights Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights Tues, April 3, 2012 Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.  Conference information.

Global Health Challenges & the Role of Law, 2102 National Health Law Conference. May 4-5 2012, Toronto, Canada.
Entire Program online, includes talks by:
—Rebecca Cook, “Accountability for Preventable Maternal Death”;
—Mary Anne Bobinski, “Law, Vulnerability, and Addressing Gender in Health”;
—Sheila Wildeman, “Protecting Rights and Building Capacities: Tensions in International and Domestic Regimes of Mental Health Law”:
—Constance MacIntosh, “The Role of Law in Ameliorating Global Inequalities in Indigenous Peoples’ Health”;
—Mariana Mota Prado, “The Right to Health: can it be detrimental to the health care system? The debatable role of courts in access to health in Brazil”

[Spanish] “Human Rights and Women: Judicial Strategies and Advocacy”  Postgraduate Diploma, in Spanish, for Latin American law students, coordinated the University of Chile’s Law Faculty.  Apply online by April 20, 2012   Course information in Spanish

Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights, University of Vienna, Austria. information about new graduate program


Abortion in Asia: Local Dilemmas, Global Politics, book, 270 pages, ed. Andrea Whittaker. Publication information.
Book review by Danièle Bélanger in Studies in Family Planning 43.1, pp 75-76: scroll down to bottom of this table of contents.

Access to Abortion Reports: An Annotated Bibliography, 2008.
Annotated Bibliography.        Updates to 2009.

“The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Promotion and Protection of Sexual and Reproductive Rights,” by Victoria Balogun & Ebenezer Tope Durojaye. African Human Rights Law Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 368-395, 2011.  Abstract online.

CEDAW Article 12, “Health”: commentary by Rebecca Cook and Veronica Undurraga, demonstrates how Art. 12 has been and could be applied to discriminatory health situations.  In: The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women: A Commentary ed. Marsha A. Freeman, Christine Chinkin, and Beate Rudolf (Oxford University Press, 2012) 792 pp.   Publication information.

“Human Rights Abuses and Health Care” special issue of Interrights Bulletin 16.4 (Winter 2011).  includes:
–Editorial:  “Addressing Abuses in Health Settings: A New Paradigm,: by Iain Byrne. pp 158-9
–“Torture and Ill-Treatment in Health Settings: A Failure of Accountability” 160ff.(mentions RH care and abortion pp 161-2, 164)
–“Out of the Silo: Using Reproductive Rights Jurisprudence to Litigate Abuses in Healthcare Settings, by Elisa Slattery, pp 185-187.
–International law reports on decisions, including:
——-Ternovszky v Hungary (p. 180) home birth
——-L.M.R. v. Argentina (p.181) raped mentally-disabled woman denied abortion
——-R.R. v. Poland (p 182) denial of timely prenatal testing

ICPD beyond 2014 – new website online here.

“The Impact of the CEDAW Convention: Paths to Equality,” by Andrew C Byrnes & Marsha Freeman, UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2012-7. working paper.

Stereotyping and Law blog – laws, jurisprudence, scholarship and updates online

“Using human rights to address consequences of criminal laws on sexuality and reproductive autonomy” by Diya Uberoi, Maria de Bruyn & Beatriz Galli, The International Journal of Human Rights.
Preview of article.

Women’s Human Rights Resources -online bibliography and database – access to cutting-edge academic research key scholarly and UN materials current to 2011, annotated by law students. Topics include reproductive rights.   Women’s Human Rights Resources

US:   Reproductive Rights Prof Blog provides US-focused scholarship and news. Examine or subscribe here


Pakistan: President signs Women’s Rights  and Status of Women Bills, including legislation against forced marriage.  News article.

Study purporting to show link between abortion and mental health outcomes decisively debunked Author’s conclusions not supported by analyses.  Guttmacher announcement.


Litigation Director, (7 months, part time) Interights, UK  Job details.

Legal Internship Positions (Spring & Summer 2012) / The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice / International Criminal Court / The Hague, the Netherlands / Closing date: spring internship – March 16, 2012, summer internship – March 30, 2012. Internship details

Links to employers in the field of Reproductive and Sexual Health Law are now online here

For Programme publications and resources,  see our website, online here.

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