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
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
542,770
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction : culture and transnationalism1
Ch. 2Creating human rights36
Ch. 3Gender violence and the CEDAW process72
Ch. 4Disjunctures between global law and local justice103
Ch. 5Legal transplants and cultural translation : making human rights in the vernacular134
Ch. 6Localizing human rights and rights consciousness179
Ch. 7Conclusions218

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