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International Human Rights Law and Structural Discrimination

The Example of Violence against Women

  • Analyses if and how existing human rights frameworks respond to structural discrimination against women

  • Links legal doctrine with social scientific theories and tools (life-course perspective)

  • Illustrades the interconnection between gender stereotypes and hierarchies, discrimination in all spheres of life and violence against women

  • Provides starting point for further research on human rights and structural discrimination against other social groups

Part of the book series: Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht (BEITRÄGE, volume 280)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    • Elisabeth Veronika Henn
    Pages 1-9
  3. Analytical Scope and International Legal Framework

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. Basic Terms and Concepts

      • Elisabeth Veronika Henn
      Pages 13-44
    3. The Legal Frameworks Applicable to Violence Against Women

      • Elisabeth Veronika Henn
      Pages 45-89
  4. State Responsibility for Violence Against Women: Transformative Potential of Primary and Secondary Human Rights Obligations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 91-91
    2. Measures Against Gender-Based Violence

      • Elisabeth Veronika Henn
      Pages 145-167
    3. Secondary Obligations: Individual Reparation and Beyond

      • Elisabeth Veronika Henn
      Pages 169-202
    4. Findings

      • Elisabeth Veronika Henn
      Pages 203-210
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 211-240

About this book

International courts and other actors are increasingly taking into account pre-existing social structures and inequalities when addressing and redressing human rights violations, in particular discrimination against specific groups. To date, however, academic legal research has paid little attention to this gentle turn in international human rights law and practice to address structural discrimination. In order to address this gap, this study analyses whether and to what extent international and regional human rights frameworks foresee positive obligations for State parties to address structural discrimination, and, more precisely, gender hierarchies and stereotypes as root causes of gender-based violence.

In order to answer this question, the book analyses whether or not international human rights law requires pursuing a root-cause-sensitive and transformative approach to  structural discrimination against women in general and to the prevention, protection and reparation of violence against women in particular; to what extent international courts and (quasi)judicial bodies address State responsibility for the systemic occurrence of violence against women and its underlying root causes; whether or not international courts and monitoring bodies have suitable tools for addressing structural discrimination within the society of a contracting party; and the limits to a transformative approach.

Keywords

  • reparation
  • violence against women
  • social structures
  • international human rights
  • regional human rights
  • human rights law
  • structural discrimination
  • public international law
  • violence agaist women
  • womens rights
  • gender based violence

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

    Elisabeth Veronika Henn

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eBook USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-662-58677-8
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)