Friday, December 5, 2008

Should the United States Ratify CEDAW?

There is a long line of treaties awaiting U.S. ratification.  One of them is the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.  Click here to read a commentary piece by Professor Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  She argues that the time has come for the U.S. to ratify CEDAW.


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Given the debatable nature of linking ratification to efficacy of treaties, I wonder if this is important. We should now be looking at reservations rather than ratification.
Further, ratification or no ratification, the state practice is the best indicator, along with the HDI of the concerned group.

Posted by: Dr Shashikala Gurpur, Dean, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India | Dec 7, 2008 7:37:54 PM

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