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Guide to the Travaux Preparatoires of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

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ISBN13: 9780792322221
ISBN: 0792322223
Published: July 1995
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £234.00 - Unavailable at Publisher



The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women - as other international instruments - was negotiated in an international and multicultural context by diplomats and politicians from a number of countries.

It dealt with a highly sensitive issue, the position and role of women in society and in the political decision-making process. The vast number of extensive reservations to the Convention bear witness to the fact that this is possibly one of the most contentious topics at the international level. Few other core universal human rights conventions have attracted a comparable number of reservations.

This guide is an attempt to create a picture of the legal-political background to the Convention. Its basic layout follows the style of a classical commentary with annotations to the individual provisions. These annotations draw on documentary sources from the years of preparatory discussions and negotiations (the travaux preparatoires). It primarily covers the genesis of the Convention, ie the drafting and negotiating process up to its adoption in 1979.

To enhance the guide's usefulness, a number of more recent documents have been incorporated, for example, the General Recommendations issued by the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women have been reproduced and references to relevant recommendations have been inserted in the annotations to each provision in question.

In addition to this, a number of other documents relative to the interpretation of the Convention have been reproduced in Part III, including lists of ratifications of and reservations to the Convention. Furthermore, lists of relevant global and regional instruments and case law have been compiled.

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Subjects:
Discrimination Law
Contents:
Travaux preparatoires and annotations thereto; documentation. Appendices: Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; List of ratifications and accessions as at December 1992; Declarations, reservations and objections; Text of the Draft Convention proposed by the Philippines (Draft 1); Working Paper submitted by the USSR (Draft 2); Working Paper submitted by the Philippines and the USSR (Draft 3); General recommendations and observations made by the Committee; Ways and means of implementing Article 21 - Secretariat Report; Rules of procedure of the Committee; Membership of the Committee 1992-1994; Status of submissions and consideration of reports under Article 18 of the Convention; List of League of Nations, United Nations, ILO, Council of Europe and EC Instruments and Decisions; The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (Excerpts on Reservations).