Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice / Edition 1

Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice / Edition 1

by Sally Engle Merry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226520749

ISBN-13: 9780226520742

Pub. Date: 12/15/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Despite the best efforts of the United Nations and advances in human rights law, violence against women across the globe is still perpetuated in the gap between legal principle and local practices. Human Rights and Gender Violence investigates the tensions between global law and local justice from an insider’s perspective. As an observer of UN

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Despite the best efforts of the United Nations and advances in human rights law, violence against women across the globe is still perpetuated in the gap between legal principle and local practices. Human Rights and Gender Violence investigates the tensions between global law and local justice from an insider’s perspective. As an observer of UN diplomatic negotiations as well as the workings of grassroots feminist organizations in several countries, Sally Engle Merry shows how human rights law holds authorities accountable for the protection of citizens even while it reinforces and expands state power. Using an approach that is both legal and anthropological, Merry contends that international human rights law must be framed in local terms to be accepted and thus effective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226520742
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/15/2005
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,174,180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Chapter 1Introduction: Culture and Transnationalism1
Chapter 2Creating Human Rights36
Chapter 3Gender Violence and the CEDAW Process72
Chapter 4Disjunctures between Global Law and Local Justice103
Chapter 5Legal Transplants and Cultural Translation: Making Human Rights in the Vernacular134
Chapter 6Localizing Human Rights and Rights Consciousness179
Chapter 7Conclusions218
Notes233
References245
Index263

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