Challenges for Women’s Access to Justice: A Tunisian Case Study

Erin Collins, Vol. 37 Associate Editor

Throughout law school, much of our coursework focuses on the black letter law. However, it is equally important to keep in mind the way that particular laws can have a disparate impact on individuals, and when various laws can be used in order to prohibit individuals really achieving some sort of access to justice. To demonstrate this point, this short article will look at potential obstacles to access to justice regarding gender-based violence for women in Tunisia. Continue reading

Labor Rights Violations in Cambodia’s Garment Industry

Divya Taneja, Vol. 37 Business and Development Editor,
Vol. 36 Associate Editor

Last month, Human Rights Watch released a report on labor violations in Cambodia’s garment industry.[i] The 140-page report details discriminatory and exploitative labor conditions that occur in the factories of many brands that are well known across the globe, including Gap, Marks & Spencer, and Adidas.[ii] The controversy surrounding these labor rights violations have drawn attention to ill-treatment that is specific to women, including pregnancy discrimination, in part because roughly 90% of Cambodia’s seamstresses are women.[iii] Continue reading

How International Conventions Affect Incidence of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: An Israeli Case Study

Luca Winer, Vol. 37 Editor-in-Chief, Vol. 36 Associate Editor

Violence against women and children is endemic in many conflict zones. Sexual violence is particularly likely to be used a weapon of intimidation and subjugation.[i] The international community has acknowledged this unfortunate truth, and discussed, written and signed many multilateral treaties that attempt to address this type of violation. Since the 1940s, customary international law has recognized that even in wartime, civilians have legal rights and protections.[ii] The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 stated that civilians must be cared for in detention and must not be subject to torture; “violence to their life or person;” be taken hostage; subject to “outrages upon personal dignity;” or subject to rape.[iii] Continue reading