College of Law Academic invited to participate in Round-Table discussion by UN Human Rights Body

Dr. Helen Quane was invited by the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice to participate in a round-table discussion on family and cultural life during its 10th Session at the United Nations Office at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The Working Group was interested in learning more about Dr. Quane’s research investigating the relationship between legal pluralism and international human rights law as it undertakes thematic research into discrimination in family and cultural life which broadly covers aspects such as cultural relativism, universalism and women’s rights, pluri-legal systems, changing family laws and hermeneutic interpretations. This thematic research will culminate in the report that the Working Group will present to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2015.

The Working Group is part of what are known as UN ‘Special Procedures’ which comprise the independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council that address either specific country situations or thematic issues concerning human rights in all parts of the world. Dr. Quane, who participated in the round-table discussion on 7th May, said that she was ‘very pleased to have the opportunity to discuss her research with the Working Group and to participate more generally in what was a fascinating one day discussion of the impact of culture and religion on the effective enjoyment of women’s human rights.’