Despite some significant advances in the creation and protection of rights affecting women’s health, these do not always translate into actual health benefits for women. This collection asks: 'What is an effective law and what influences law’s effectiveness or ineffectiveness? What dynamics, elements, and conditions come together to limit law’s capacity to achieve instrumental goals for women’s health and the advancement of women’s health rights?' The book presents an integrated, co-referential and sustained critical discussion of the normative and constitutive reasons for law’s limited effectiveness in the field of women’s health. It offers comprehensive and cohesive explanatory accounts of law’s limits and for the first time in the field, introduces a distinction between formal and substantive effectiveness of laws. Its approach is trans-systemic, multi-jurisdictional and comparative, with a focus on six countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa and international human rights case law based on matters arising from Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Peru and Bolivia. The book will be a valuable resource for educators, students, lawyers, rights advocates, and policy-makers working in women’s health, socio-legal studies, human rights, feminist legal studies, and legal philosophy more broadly
"The authors of this edited volume are to be congratulated for insightfully addressing the complex challenges of translating well-intended laws and policies on women’s health into effective outcomes."
Rebecca J. Cook, Professor of Law Emerita, University of Toronto, Canada
"Women's Health and the Limits of Law: Domestic and International Perspectives is an important book. Dr. Iyioha (ed.) and the book’s contributors provide a critical analysis of the promise of, and limits to, the role of law in furthering women’s health. This thoughtful and provocative book will be of interest to scholars, policy-makers, and advocates who are concerned with women’s health, human rights, feminist jurisprudence, intersectionality, and global perspectives on health."
Mary Anne Bobinski, Professor, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Within and Beyond the Hedge: Form, Substance and the Limit of Laws on Women’s Health
Irehobhude O. Iyioha
Irehobhude O. Iyioha
Jenaye M. Lewis, Irehobhude O. Iyioha and Dexter Dias
Wei Wei Cao
Amparita Sta Maria
Karen A. Grépin, Jeni Klugman and Matthew Moore
Babafemi Odunsi and Oluwayemisi Adewole
Arooj Shah, Toyin Akintola, and Irehobhude O. Iyioha
This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.