Advancing Women’s Equality: The International Human Rights Law(yer) Imperative

By Prof. Obiora Chinedu Okafor

York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, CanadaUN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity

Prof. Obiora Chinedu Okafor

Do international human rights law(yers) have a duty and role to ensure that women’s equality matters? Does this sub-discipline have a duty and role in reversing here and now, as well as over the long duree, the discrimination, disadvantage and dispossession to which women the world over have long been subjected, including by various formations and matrices of (male) power, by various normative and institutional forces?

Law, including international human rights law, has been well said to be “congealed politics” according to Thomas Franck and Mark Munansangu