Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Inter-American Court Judgment Against Costa Rica on In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF): A Challenge to the Court’s Enforcement Authority

Inter-American Court Judgment Against Costa Rica on In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF): A Challenge to the Court’s Enforcement Authority

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ (IACtHR) recent order that Costa Rica invalidate a Supreme Court decision in order to authorise and regulate in vitro fertilisation (IVF) has brought up...
Judging Abortion in Northern Ireland: Facing the Challenges, Taking the Opportunities

Judging Abortion in Northern Ireland: Facing the Challenges, Taking the Opportunities

The Northern Ireland legal system and, more specifically, Northern Irish courts have been thrust into the national spotlight this week following the prosecution of a 21 year old woman who...
Justice Scalia’s Repudiation of Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights

Justice Scalia’s Repudiation of Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights

Throughout the three decades that Justice Antonin Scalia served on the United States Supreme Court, he was invariably viewed as one of the Court’s staunchest opponents of sex equality and...
Abortion in Texas: Does Casey Still Have Content?

Abortion in Texas: Does Casey Still Have Content?

On March 2, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard much awaited arguments in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the most important abortion case since the Court decided Planned Parenthood of...
An important step forward for victims of sexual violence in Colombia

An important step forward for victims of sexual violence in Colombia

On paper, it looked like a victory for women’s rights. The government of Colombia enacted historic legislation to address the country’s epidemic of sexual violence – one heightened by decades...
Let’s Talk about Sex Education and Human Rights

Let’s Talk about Sex Education and Human Rights

Despite a proposal by four prominent House of Commons Committees and various professional organisations, the Minister of Education announced on February 11, 2016 that age-appropriate sex and relationship education, including...
State-sponsored virginity: South Africa’s Maidens’ Bursary Scheme

State-sponsored virginity: South Africa’s Maidens’ Bursary Scheme

It’s clearly not yet 2016 in the UThukela District in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, where the municipality recently decided (for a second year) to institute the “Maidens’ Bursary Awards”. These...
China’s Two-Child Policy: An Assault on Human Rights

China’s Two-Child Policy: An Assault on Human Rights

At the end of October 2015, the Chinese government announced that it would end its one-child policy by replacing it with the two-child policy. China’s two-child policy is a false...
Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies in India

Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies in India

India’s reported decision to ban surrogacy for foreigners has received plenty of news coverage and analysis in Indian and international media over the past week. This post is a comment...
The High Court of Delhi on Pregnancy and Sex Discrimination

The High Court of Delhi on Pregnancy and Sex Discrimination

This July, the High Court of Delhi handed down a landmark decision concerning sex discrimination under the Indian Constitution. Article 15(1) of the Constitution prohibits the State from discriminating “on...
Conscientious Objection or Conscious Oppression?: The Uphill Battle to Access Abortion Services in Uruguay

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

In October 2012, Uruguay passed Law 18,987 that waives criminal penalties for abortion in the first 12 weeks of gestation. Where the pregnancy results from rape, abortion is permitted in...
Grand Chamber of the ECtHR to Review Limitations on Choice of Birthplace for Women

Grand Chamber of the ECtHR to Review Limitations on Choice of Birthplace for Women

Dubská and Krejzová v the Czech Republic has been referred to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights after the successful submission of the League of Human...

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