Women and Conflict: Strengthening CEDAW

A working group of students and faculty at Berkeley Law, led by Professor Ali Miller, Lecturer in Residence and Miller Institute Senior Fellow, has been collaborating with an informal coalition of international human rights, humanitarian law, and women’s rights NGOs and independent experts looking at the issues facing women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings. 

WILD and the working group hosted a roundtable on April 12th, 2010 with over 20 local experts, to discuss issues facing women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings, and considering a stronger role for CEDAW in these contexts. (CEDAW is the committee that monitors the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.)  The roundtable based its discussions on research memos created by Berkeley Law students, in part through participation in the Human Rights Clinic, which focused on how girls and women’s rights can be better protected under international human rights law, in light of developments in the links between humanitarian, refugee and human rights law as well as with an eye to the role multilateral structures and funding play in mediating conflict and building peace.

To view the agenda of the Apil 12th roundtable, click here.