Future Plans My future research plans expand upon my doctoral research to critically analyze and compare the Inter-American, African and European regional human rights systems in how they protect and interpret women’s rights. This project employs a feminist socio-legal perspective to examine women’s rights case law emerging from the regional systems, and includes empirical research to develop an in-depth understanding of how regional systems respond to the rights of women. By inserting a gendered analysis of women’s rights into ongoing cross-regional dialogue, this project contributes a much needed and different approach for examining the benefit and utility of human rights law as it applies to women in different sociocultural contexts and regions of the world.
Doctoral Research My thesis examined women’s reproductive rights litigation before the Inter-American System of Human Rights to determine how the Inter-American System can more effectively take account of and repair harm specific to women in reproductive rights cases. In this research I examined women’s reproductive rights cases emerging from the Inter-American System of Human Rights, and relied on information obtained from interviews, to determine the extent to which actors engaged in human rights litigation understand and employ gender through reparations issued in women’s reproductive rights cases. I argued that the Inter-American System of Human Rights has not adequately employed the reparations mechanism in women’s reproductive rights cases, and as a result, reproductive rights litigation before the Inter-American System is limited in its capacity to transform the lives of women.