Implementing the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights' Domestic Violence Ruling

Schneider, Elizabeth M. et al., Implementing the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights' Domestic Violence Ruling, 46 Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy 113 (July-Aug. 2012)

9 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2012 Last revised: 22 Aug 2012

Elizabeth M. Schneider

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

University of Miami - School of Law

Julie Goldscheid

CUNY School of Law

Sandra S. Park

ACLU Women's Rights Project

Ejim Dike

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lisalyn R. Jacobs

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Margaret Drew

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mary Haviland

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 1, 2012

Abstract

In August 2011, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found the U.S.government responsible for human rights violations against Jessica Lenahan and her three deceased children after the U.S. Supreme Court had denied her a remedy. Three months later, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the University of Miami Law School Human Rights Clinic, the City University of New York School of Law, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Cutler Institute of the Muskie School of Public Service convened a group of advocates to celebrate the decision and discuss its implications. The commission’s ruling is its first in a women’s rights case against the United States, and the decision sets forth comprehensive recommendations for changes in U.S. domestic-violence law and policy.

This article discusses several possible strategies for using the decision in domestic violence advocacy in the U.S., including federal litigation, state litigation, community organizing, federal agency advocacy, family law litigation and advocacy, and fatality reviews, court watching, and safety audits.

Keywords: domestic violence, human rights, women's rights

Suggested Citation

Schneider, Elizabeth M. and Bettinger-Lopez, Caroline and Goldscheid, Julie and Park, Sandra S. and Dike, Ejim and Jacobs, Lisalyn R. and Drew, Margaret and Haviland, Mary, Implementing the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights' Domestic Violence Ruling (August 1, 2012). Schneider, Elizabeth M. et al., Implementing the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights' Domestic Violence Ruling, 46 Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy 113 (July-Aug. 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2133600

Elizabeth M. Schneider

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

University of Miami - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
305-284-5923 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.miami.edu/facadmin/cbettinger-lopez.php

Julie Goldscheid

CUNY School of Law ( email )

2 Court Square Room 6-306
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
718-340-4507 (Phone)
718-340-4275 (Fax)

Sandra S. Park (Contact Author)

ACLU Women's Rights Project ( email )

125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
United States

Ejim Dike

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lisalyn R. Jacobs

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Margaret Drew

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mary Haviland

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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