Litigating reproductive health rights in the inter-American system: what does a winning case look like?

O'Connell, Ciara (2014) Litigating reproductive health rights in the inter-American system: what does a winning case look like? Health and Human Rights, 16 (2). pp. 116-128. ISSN 1079-0969

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Remedies and reparation measures emerging from the Inter-American System of Human Rights in reproductive health cases have consistently highlighted the need to develop and subsequently implement, non-repetition remedies that protect, promote and fulfill women’s reproductive health rights. Litigation outcomes that result in violations of reproductive rights are a “win” for health rights litigation, but when implementation fails, is a “win” still a win? Although there has been considerable success in litigating reproductive health rights cases, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights are not adequately equipped to follow-up on cases after they have been won. Successful and sustainable implementation of reproductive health rights law requires incorporation of non-repetition remedies in the form of legislation, education, and training that seeks to remodel existing social and cultural practices that hinder women’s enjoyment of their reproductive rights. In order for a reproductive health rights case to ultimately be a “winner,” case recommendations and decisions emerging from the Commission and Court must incorporate perspectives provided by members of civil society, with the ultimate goal of developing measurable remedies that address underlying obstacles to domestic implementation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Reproductive Rights, Women's Rights, Health Rights, Litigation
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences
K Law
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Depositing User: Ciara OConnell
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2015 09:22
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 07:49

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