Protecting All Women’s Rights in the Developing World


Location: 3130 Eck Hall of Law

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Margarette Macauley

This special session will focus on the rising challenges against the recognition and full protection of women’s rights in the developing world, especially in Latin America and authoritarian rule in besieged Islamic countries such as Afghanistan and Iran. We will focus on the eroding recognition of women’s rights to equal citizenship and non-discrimination, including access to the rights to education, the right to work and just and fair conditions of work, social security and social protection, religious freedom, freedom of movement, the right to a nationality and rights to political participation, the right to own property, and equality before the law.

Presented by Notre Dame Law School and co-sponsored by the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights, ND Law’s International Human Rights Society, Women’s Legal Forum, Black Law Students Association, Hispanic Law Student Association, and Middle Eastern Law Students Association.

Lunch will be served.

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  • Margarette Macaulay
    Former Judge, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
    Current Jamaica Commissioner, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
    OAS Special Rapporteur on Persons of African Descent and Against Racial Discrimination
  • Tahmina Sobat ’20 LL.M.
    Ph.D. candidate, University of Minnesota
    Formerly with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
  • Roqia Samim ’22 LL.M.
    Global Human Rights Fellow, Notre Dame Law School LL.M. Program in International Human Rights Law
    Formerly with the United Nations Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA)


  • Christine Venter
    Director, Legal Writing Program, Notre Dame Law School

Closing Remarks:

  • Jennifer Mason McAward
    Associate Professor of Law
    Director, Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights


  • Diane Desierto
    Professor of Law & Global Affairs
    Faculty Director, Notre Dame Law School LL.M. Program in International Human Rights Law

Note: 30 minutes before this session, a separate graduate poster session will be on display in front of 3130 Eck Hall of Law. The posters will feature the work of individual members of the LL.M. in International Human Rights Law Class of 2023. The poster session will provide opportunities to learn of women’s rights situations across the developing world.

The Dignity and Development Forum

Immediately following this event, join the Keough School of Global Affairs for the opening of the 2023 Dignity and Development forum in McKenna Hall.

Law School Dean G. Marcus Cole will participate in the conference’s opening roundtable with Lady Justice Imani Daud Aboud, president of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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