Has Int'l Law Lived Up to its Promise in Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls?

The Society's 114th Annual Meeting—and first Virtual Annual Meeting—took place June 25–26, 2020. The 2020 Annual Meeting theme, "The Promise of International Law," was an opportunity to reflect on the successes and failures of international law, while reaffirming our commitment to achieving its promise of a more just and peaceful world.

Sponsored by the World Justice Project

This session will comprehensively address whether international law has lived up to the promise of upholding and advancing the rights of women and girls. It will review the various legal instruments devised with the aim of protecting and promoting these rights, as well as ensuring accountability for violation of these rights, including the various relevant international and regional instruments, international court decisions, and political resolutions that apply. Panelists will lay out the landscape of international law and assess the extent to which these elements of the legal system have achieved or failed in their effect, the gaps that exist in the current structure, and potential solutions. The participants will also identify any common threads among these international law systems, including in terms of obstacles to women and girls’ enjoyment of rights and access to justice.

Lisa Davis, CUNY Law School
Irene Khan, International Development Law Organization
Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu, East Africa Regional Office, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Patricia V. Sellers, Special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (Moderator)
Donald Steinberg, Our Secure Future
(Speaker organizations are shown as of June 2020)