EUniWell Open Lecture Series: International law, equality and socioeconomic justice: a view from women’s and girls’ human rights


University of Murcia Online EUniWell-Event

As part of the EUniWell Open Lecture Series, Prof. Dorothy Estrada-Tanck will be speaking on the topic “International law, equality and socioeconomic justice: a view from women’s and girls’ human rights” on Thursday 18 May 2023 at 11:30 CET / 10:30 GMT.

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Lecturers: Prof. Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, University of Murcia
Related EUniWell Arena: 2) Individual and Social Well-Being


About this lecture:

We live in a time of multiple crises. Climate change, the Russian invasion in Ukraine, 100 million internationally displaced persons, the lasting effects of COVID-19, food insecurity and global economic downturn, to name the most visible. These crises, though, unfold across pre-existing structural conditions of socioeconomic inequality and engrained gender-based discrimination, particularly and disproportionately affecting women and girls in poverty, including in the European setting. The emergencies also strike against the backdrop of another crisis, possibly less salient, yet damagingly eroding at the global and local levels alike: the gender backlash against women’s rights and the shrinking of democratic spaces. In this context, the lecture will address two main questions:

  1. How has the legal international economic order specifically impacted women and girls? and
  2. In which ways can we use and apply international human rights law creatively to reaffirm women's and girls' rights, further economic and gender equality and construct socioeconomic justice?

This includes tackling obligations of States, but also of other duty bearers, including international organisations and businesses. The lecture will conclude by building on ongoing debates about rethinking international human rights for the 21st century to confront some of the greatest challenges of our time.

About the lecturer:

Dorothy Estrada-Tanck is Professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Murcia, and Co-director of its Legal Clinic. She is a member and currently Chair of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls. Dorothy holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute (Italy), an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom) and a Law Degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho (Mexico). She enjoys broad academic and professional experience in the UN, State bodies, NGOs and universities in Mexico, Italy, Spain, the U.S. and Canada, focusing on human rights, gender equality, human security, migration, and socio-economic justice. She is author ofHuman Security and Human Rights under International Law: The Protections Offered to Persons Confronting Structural Vulnerability (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2016; Best Book Award 2017, Inter-American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.).

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This lecture is part of the EUniWell Open Lecture Series. Find the full programme here.