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Center for International Law and Policy Furthers UN Women’s Rights Convention

(Boston, Revised 11/13/09) New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston’s Center for International Law and Policy (CILP) is continuing its support of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women.  Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

CILP’s work is currently underway in New York and in Washington.  The New York process involves advising the CEDAW Committee on ways to interpret the Convention and its Optional Protocol, in order to make it a more effective remedy for victims whose rights under the Convention have been violated.  CILP’s student researchers are researching a range of international legal issues for a background paper that will be circulated to the Committee in preparation for Professor Cerone’s upcoming meetings with the Committee.  
The Washington process focuses on the prospect of U.S. ratification.  On July 10, Professor John Cerone, together with the American Society of International Law, convened a closed door meeting between senior U.S. officials and members of the UN CEDAW Committee.  Issues discussed related to CEDAW implementation in the context of the U.S. legal system.  Students working for the Center prepared briefing materials to address these issues.

In April 2009, CILP hosted a major international conference on CEDAW in Boston

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