Constituting Equality Gender Equlity and Comparative Constitutonal Law


Constituting Equality Gender Equlity and Comparative Constitutonal Law



Constituting Equality addresses the question, how would you write a constitution if you really cared about gender equality? The book takes a design-oriented approach to the broad range of issues that arise in constitutional drafting concerning gender equality. Each section of the book examines a particular set of constitutional issues or doctrines across a range of different countries to explore what works, where, and why. Topics include: governmental structure (particularly electoral gender quotas); rights provisions; constitutional recognition of cultural or religious practices that discriminate against women; domestic incorporation of international law; and the role of women in the process of constitution making. Interdisciplinary in orientation and global in scope, the book provides a menu for constitutional designers and others interested in how the fundamental legal order might more effectively promote gender equality.

• Design-oriented - addressed to the question of how to draft or revise a constitution to promote gender equality • Interdisciplinary - includes chapters by political scientists and public activists as well as law professors • Global - includes contributors from every continent except Antarctica


9780521898362 (hb.), 9781107403178 (pb.), 9780511590719 (ebook)

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Cambridge University Press


New York, NY


Sex discrimination against women-Law and legislation, Women's rights, Constitutional law.


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Constitutional Law | Law | Law and Gender


While Professor Williams edited this volume, Professor Ochoa is the author of Chapter 11, "Guatemalan Transnational Feminists: How Their Search for Constitutional Equality Interplays with International Law"

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Copies available in the Jerome Hall Law Library, K 3243 .C66 2009

Constituting Equality Gender Equlity and Comparative Constitutonal Law