Court Decisions, Calls, Resources, News, Scholarships & Jobs

January 17, 2013


Assisted Reproduction in Costa Rica 
Inter-American Court of Human Rights:  Artavia Murillo y otros (Fecundación In Vitro) v. Costa Rica.   CDH-12.361/177.  Decision of Nov. 28, 2012.   Costa Rica’s ban on in vitro fertilization violates human rights of infertile couples.  Cost Rica must lift its ban on IVF, provide psychological support to complainants, and train judiciary employees on human and reproductive rights. 
Decision online in Spanish:  116 page judgment
Official Summary in Spanish:  14 page summary  
Decision online in English   132 page judgment
English summary by Center for Reproductive Rights:  press release
Costa Rica will comply with court’s decision.  article in Huffington Post

Freedom of religion –  rights and limits – in the United Kingdom
European Court of Human Rights:  Eweida and Others v. The United Kingdom.  (Applications nos. 48420/10, 59842/10, 51671/10 and 36516/10), January 15, 2013– All four cases involved freedom to express religion at work.  Court affirmed freedom  to express religion at work, within the limits of public health and safety, but not to withhold public services (e.g. from same-sex couples) on grounds of religion.   Religion cannot be used as grounds for discrimination. 
53-page decision    Court’s press release  
European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights –  press release


Call for papers: “Creating new development paradigms to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights: critical analysis and reflection,” for Reproductive Health Matters, 21.42 (Nov 2013). submit 1-31 May 2013.  Details and new submission instructions

Call for participation by NGOs/civil society organization to help UNFPA measure progress, gaps and outstanding issues re: implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action.  Please respond by Feb 12, 2013.    
15-20 minute UNFPA survey


Call for applications:  “Women and International Human Rights Law,” summer course taught by Elizabeth Abi-Mershed and Rebecca Cook, in the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington D.C., May 28 – June 14, 2013.   10 courses in English and 9 in Spanish.  Applications will be reviewed until May 1, 2013. Details online.   

Call for applications,  CIHR Training Program / Fellowships in Health Law, Ethics and Policy for international and Canadian students enrolled in a full-time master’s or doctoral degree at one of four Canadian law schools:  University of Sherbrooke, University of Alberta, University of Toronto, and Dalhousie University.   Apply by:  March 15, 2013.   Brochure.   Admission & Application Process.

Call for applications:   Legal Fellowship Programme for lawyers & women’s HR defenders with paralegal training from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka, sponsored by South Asia Women’s Fund (SAWF)  $4000 USD.   Apply by Jan. 31, 2013.   More information

Call for applications.  Global Health Law LL.M. Program  at Georgetown Law,  Online webinar:  Monday, January 28, 2013, 12 noon  to 1:00 PM EST.   Webinar Information.    Program Information.    Scholarships and Fellowships.    LL.M. Application deadlines


[Canada – abortion law]  “R v Morgentaler: Reflections After 25 Years”   Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – 5:30-7:30 p.m., Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, 78 Queen’s Park Crescent.   Speakers and details


“Applying Human Rights to Improve Access to Reproductive Health Services,” by Dorothy Shaw and Rebecca Cook, 119 (2012). International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics S55–S59.
abstract & article online.

[conscientious objection] “Conscientious Objections in Pharmacy Practice in Great Britain,” by Zuzana Deans, Bioethics, 27.1 (Jan 2013):. 48-5.  abstract online.

[conscientious objection, conscience] “Not Only the Doctor’s Dilemma: The Complexity of Conscience in Medicine,” by Elizabeth Sepper, Faulkner Law Review, 2013. abstract & article online.

Reproductive Rights: A Tool for Monitoring State Obligations, published by The Center for Reproductive Rights and UNFPA.  More information
Tool – 31 pages.

Spanish publications by members of the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program are online here.


Chile – abortion info hotline on misoprostol use is in legal gray area.  NY Times article.

Ireland – government pledges to allow abortions in life-threatening cases, including suicide risk. (Dec 19, 2012) .   News Item. 

Ireland:  Parliamentary Committee held hearings Jan 8-10, 2013  to discuss government action to comply with the 2010 European Court of Human Rights judgment in A, B and C v. Ireland.    The Irish Human Rights Commission is holding a separate review on this topic, and the broader question of Ireland’s international human rights obligations in the area of abortion.  Human Rights Watch article.

Peru – 60,000 signatures are needed to petition Congress to consider bill to legalize abortion after rape.  High rape rate.  
Article by Françoise Girard (IWHC)

Philippines:   Reproductive Health Bill, 14 years in the making, passed and signed by President.  Act will become law January 17, 2013.
Act Providing for a National Policy on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health.  Republic Act No. 10354,  S. No. 2865, H. No. 4244.  New law is online here.
Center for Reproductive Rights press release.

United Kingdom pledges to ensure abortion access for women raped in war.   News from Global Justice Center

US-focused news, resources, and legal developments are available on Repro Rights Prof Blog.  View or subscribe here.


Litigation fellow, Open Society Foundations (Justice Initiative), Law degree required.  Apply by March 31, 2013.  Job details.

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

Compiled by the Coordinator of the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program, reprohealth*law at For Program publications and resources, see our website, online here.   Past editions of this blog since Sept. 2011 are online here.

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