REPROHEALTHLAW Updates: Decision, Resources, News, Opportunities and Jobs

September 24 2015

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Espinoza Gonzáles vs. Perú.  November 20, 2014.  The State of Peru is held responsible for violations of rights to personal liberty, integrity, honour and dignity, judicial guarantees and legal protection, in connection with the illegal detention, torture, sexual violence, imprisonment, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and failure to investigate complaints from Gladys Espinoza between 1993 until 2012.  The Court ordered reparations and access to free and immediate treatment for Gladys Espinoza Gonzales, her mother and brother, and to all women victims of the widespread practice of rape and other forms of sexual violence during the Peruvian conflict.  Official summary in Spanish120-page decision in Spanish.   Press Release from CEJILFollowup interpretation by the Court, June 23, 2015.


The McGill Journal of Law and Health (MJLH), an academic, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal, is currently seeking full-length articles and shorter comments for an upcoming issue. Submissions due October 15, 2015.  Guidelines online


El IV Congreso Latinoamericano Jurídico sobre Derechos Reproductivos Lima, Peru, November 2-4, 2015   LatinAmerican Legal Congress.


[abortion] “Safe and Legal Abortion: An Emerging Human Right? The Long-Lasting Dispute with State Sovereignty in ECHR Jurisprudence,” by Chiara Cosentino,  Human Rights Law Review (2015) 15 (3): 569-589. Abstract online.  Early access to full text.  Full access for institutional subscribers.

Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective:  Cases and Controversies, ed. Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman and Bernard M. Dickens, 16 chapters.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 482 pages. Introduction by the editors. Table of Cases online  Table of ContentsPurchase from U Penn Press.  A Spanish edition was published in August, 2016.  Ahora disponible en español.

[abortion – China]  Exploring ‘Glorious Motherhood’ in Chinese Abortion Law and Policy, by Weiwei Cao  Details and PDF.

[abortion and surrogate motherhood]  “Surrogate Motherhood and Abortion for Fetal Abnormality”  (Ruth Walker and Liezl van Zyl,  Bioethics 29.8 (Oct. 2015): 529-535.   Free abstract for all. Institutional access to full text.

[hymen restoration] Dorothy Shaw and Bernard M. Dickens, A new surgical technique for hymenoplasty: A solution, but for which problem?” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 130 (2015) 1–2.  Abstract and article online.

“In Between Categories of Law- a Gender Variant Analysis of Anti-Discrimination Law and Litigation” Ido Katri, LL.M. dissertation  University of Toronto, 2015. Abstract online.

“Obstetric Violence in Argentina: a Study on the Legal Effects of Medical Guidelines and Statutory Obligations for Improving the Quality of Maternal Health” Carlos Alejandro Herrera Vacaflor, LL.M. dissertation, University of Toronto, 2015  Abstract online.

“Sexuality Education in Paraguay: Using Human Rights and International Policies to define adolescents’ right to sexuality education” María José Rivas Vera, LL.M. dissertation, University of Toronto, 2015. Abstract online.


Malaysia: Nepalese woman finally acquitted for abortion,  News report.

Northern Ireland abortion law mostly used to arrest violent men  News report

UK: Joint statement of NGOs on sex selection abortion, in response to attempts to criminalize it in the UK, Joint Statement

Uruguay:   Guarding Abortion Rights Advances   International Women’s Health Coalition report

Uruguay:   Conscientious Objection or Conscious Oppression?: The Uphill Battle to Access Abortion Services in Uruguay  Comment by Lucia Berro

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Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Bogota, Colombia,   The Center for Reproductive Rights.  Details online.

Senior Officer for Africa Engagement, Girls Not Brides, 16 September 2015 Deadline: 15 October 2015 Location: London or Dakar (Senegal) or Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) or Nairobi (Kenya) Organization:  – Apply by October 15, 2015: Details Online .

Assistant Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, USA – Apply by October 16, 2015.  Job details.

Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies Position (Tenure-Track) Middlebury College, Vermont, USA – Apply by November 2, 2015  Job details.

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

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