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Bridging the Enforcement Gap? Evaluating the Inquiry Procedure of the CEDAW Optional Protocol

O'Rourke, Catherine (2017) Bridging the Enforcement Gap? Evaluating the Inquiry Procedure of the CEDAW Optional Protocol. American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and Law, 26 (3). pp. 1-21. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Considerable optimism accompanied the adoption of the CEDAW Optional Protocol. However, one of the Optional Protocol’s two enforcement measures, the inquiry procedure, appeared to languish for fourteen years. The CEDAW Committee’s publication of two inquiry reports in 2015 adds to the first inquiry report of 2005. The article evaluates the inquiry procedure, finding unmet expectations in addressing CEDAW’s structural weaknesses, countering the privileging of civil and political rights, and redressing state non-compliance with CEDAW. The findings vindicate the enduring salience of foundational feminist critiques of human rights. The Conclusion proposes measures to enhance the inquiry procedure’s efficacy.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:CEDAW, Optional Protocol, inquiry procedure, enforcement, gender
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:39552
Deposited By: Dr Catherine O'Rourke
Deposited On:19 Feb 2018 11:38
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 11:38

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