Court Decisions, Filings, Resources & News


April 12, 2012


Australia, New South Wales:  Family Court lacks power to stop abortion at father’s request.  Newspaper article

Canada:  Ontario Court of Appeal upholds legalization of prostitution in Ontario.   Provisions prohibiting common bawdy-houses and living off the avails of prostitution, are both unconstitutional in their current form.  The Court suspended legalization of brothels for one year, giving Parliament time to draft another law, if it chooses.
Newspaper article        Newspaper analysis      AWID news item

Chile:  Inter-American Court of Human Rights:  Case of Atala Riffo and Children v. Chile.    First use of the American Convention of Human Rights re sexual orientation.  Case of discrimination against lesbian mother when custody of children was given to father
Decision online in Spanish     Summary online in English

El Salvador abortion ban:  Center for Reproductive Rights Files Case Revealing the Horrifying Reality of El Salvador’s Ban on Abortion.  Petition filed March 21, 2012 with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by the Center for Reproductive Rights and local Salvadoran organization Colectiva de Mujeres para el Desarrollo Local (Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Ético, Terapéutico y Eugenésico de El Salvador).   Press release


Global Health Challenges & the Role of Law, 2102 National Health Law Conference.
May 4-5 2012, Toronto, Canada.    Program online

Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practice
Istanbul, Turkey, July 7-15, 2012.  Apply by April 25.   Details online.


“The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive rights,” by Victoria Balogun and Ebenezer Durojaye. African Human Rights Law Journal 11.2 (2011) pp. 368-395  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) 792pp.  Book info online.

The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuses by Geoffrey Robertson (Penguin Special, 2010)
New Spanish translation launched in Mexico.  Spanish edition.
English comments by Spanish publisher

Failure to protect woman against domestic violence a violation of CEDAW (A.T. v. Hungary).  OP CEDAW blog

International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, annual report 2011  Abridged web version now online

Sexual Rights and the Universal Periodic review: A toolkit for Advocates. [includes abortion] SRI and IPPF, 52pp.  Info and download.

Reproductive Health and Human Rights: Integrating Medicine, Ethics and Law, By Rebecca J. Cook, Bernard M. Dickens and Mahmoud F. Fathalla (Oxford UP, 2003)   Translations to French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese.    5 Case studies in English (scroll down).   Arabic edition.   Download Spanish edition (546 pp, 2.5MB)

Whose Right to Life?: Women’s Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law. 18-page report

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


Morocco: suicide of under-age rape victim married to rapist spurs national debate against both under-age marriage and legal exemption for rapists who marry their under-age victims.   News article.

Rwanda: Abortion Might Be Legalized in Certain Cases, But Crucial Report not Made Public.  News article.
First-ever national study on abortion in Rwanda released.  News article.


Researcher on Women’s Rights, based in Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region, for the Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch.  Apply by April 20, 2012.    Job description

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

International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme – Website

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