Calls, Conferences, Resources, News and Jobs



Call for Papers, Health and Human Rights, an open-access peer-reviewed journal. Special issue on Health Rights litigation, submit by Feb. 15, 2014.  Information.


Health and Human Rights Conference: Shaping Inclusive Health Policy.  Keynote speaker is Stephen Lewis.   Nov. 1-2, 2013, Queen’s University, New Medical Building, 15 Arch Street, Kingston, ON, Canada
Registration and information.

Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law: Towards the 21st Century.  Royal Continental Congress Center, Naples, Italy, Nov. 19-21, 2013.   Conference information. 


Georgetown University Law School is now accepting applications for:
Global Health Law LL.M. Program and
Global Health Law and International Institutions LL.M. Program,
jointly offered with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Also accepting applications for Global Health Law Scholarship for full or partial tuition waivers.


“Abortion and the European Convention on Human Rights” by Gregor Puppinck,  Irish Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 3(2) 2013: 142-193.
Article online.

[abortion – Australia]  “The Offence of Child Destruction: Issues for Medical Abortion”  by Mark J. Rankin, [2013] SydLawRw 1; (2013) 35(1) Sydney Law Review 1.  Article online.

[abortion – Colombia] “The Cost of Postabortion Care and Legal Abortion In Colombia” [including government policy implications], by Elena Prada, Isaac Maddow-Zimet and Fatima Juarez, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 39.3 (Sept 2013): 114-123
News Release.    Article online.

[abortion – foreign aid] “Abortion Restrictions in U.S. Foreign Aid: The History and Harms of the Helms Amendment,” by Sneha Barot, Guttmacher Policy Review 16.3 (Summer 2013): 9-13.  Article online.

[abortion law -UK] “Can English law accommodate moral controversy in medicine?  The case of abortion” by Margaret Brazier in Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law, Vol. 1: The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict: Walking the Tightrope, ed. A. Alghrani, R. Bennett & S. Ost, Cambridge UP, 2013.   More info on book.

[Canada]  Law as a Tool for Addressing Social Determinants of Health by Martha Jackman.  In: Nola M. Ries, Tracey Bailey and Timothy Caulfield eds. Public Health Law & Policy in Canada, 3rd ed, 91-129, July 2013. Article online.

Child Marriage in South Asia:  International and Constitutional Legal Standards and Jurisprudence for Promoting Accountability and Change.  Center for Reproductive Rights.  75-page Briefing paper 

[child marriage] Accountability for Child Marriage:  Key U.N. Recommendations to Governments in South Asia on Reproductive Health and Sexual Violence.   11-page Fact Sheet 

Child Marriage in India: Socio-legal and Human Rights Dimensions by Jaya Sagade,  2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2012     Overview.      Table of Contents.

[conscience]  “Contraception and the Birth of Corporate Conscience,” by Elizabeth Sepper, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Forthcoming; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper, 13-07-01. Article online.

Health, Citizenship, and Human Rights Advocacy Initiative: Improving Access To Health Services in Mexico” by Almudena Ocejo, International Budget Partnership Impact Case Study No. 15, July 2013. Article online.

[health and human rights], New book:  Global Health Disputes and Disparities: A Critical Appraisal of International Law and Population Health, by Dru Bhattacharya (Routledge, 2013) 184 pages) Book details.
Chapter 2 online:  “A Critical Assessment of Treaty-Monitoring Bodies: A Case Study of CEDAW’s Optional Protocol” online here.

Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights Curricula –  Syllabi for our courses:  “Reproductive and Sexual Health Law,” “Women’s Rights in Transnational Law,” “Case Studies in Health and Human Rights,” and “Women and International Human Rights Law”  all online here.


Abortion Rights in Latin America: A Tale of Varying Woes.
Overview and update.

Bangladesh:  High Court Issues Rule on the Prohibition of “Two Finger” Test on Women and Girl Survivors of Rape.   Press release 

Canada: Foreign aid funds for maternal health initiative will not cover abortions for victims of rape or child marriage.  Newspaper report.

Complex Science at Issue in Politics of Fetal Pain.   New York Times.  News article.

El Salvador:  Women jailed for miscarriages  Slate magazine article.

Jamaica:  Policing women’s bodies by Carolyn Cooper, UWI.
Article online.

Nigeria:  Imo Governor repeals recent law allowing abortion  victims of rape or incest.  News item.

Polish Parliament rejects draft law to ban abortion on grounds of fetal malformation.   Sept 27, 2013.  Voting Tally.

[South Africa] Abortion in South Africa: a conspiracy of silence [legal abortion services not operational] News article.

Ugandan gynaecologists okay Misoprostol use to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth by mothers who are unable to deliver in health facilities. (Oct 01, 2013)  News article.

UN Security Council Takes a Historic Stand Supporting Abortion Access for Women Raped in War.  AWID News.

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

Vatican: Pope Francis denounces abortion after decrying church’s focus on rules.  CBS news item.


Bernard J. Beazley Chair in Health Law and Policy, Full time professor Loyola University, Chicago USA.  Job details.

Associate, to work on domestic and global health law and policy projects, The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, USA.  Apply by Nov. 30, 2013.  Associateship details.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.  USA.  Apply by Nov 15, 2013.
Job details.

Senior Gender Justice Advisor, Gender Resources, Inc., Papua New Guinea, for anticipated AusAID-funded Rule of Law project, JD or LLM degree required, Open until filled.   Job details.

Senior Gender Justice Advisor, Gender Resources, Inc., Indonesia,  for anticipated AusAID-funded Rule of Law project, JD or LLM degree required, Open until filled.  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 utoronto*ca.   For Program publications and resources, see our website, online here.
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