Contested Domains: Comparative and International Legal Struggles over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Contested Domains: Comparative and International Legal Struggles over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Ms. Alicia Yamin
Spring 2022 seminar
W 4:15pm - 6:15pm
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None. Previous exposure to women's/gender studies and/or international human rights law will be helpful.
For more background on international human rights, refer as needed to: Philip Alston and Ryan Goodman, International Human Rights: The Successor to International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) (ON RESERVE)

Exam Type: No Exam

At the intersection of debates about religion, private morality and public policy, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are lightning rods of controversy in most societies. The pandemic revealed the precariousness of advances in reproductive justice and SRHR, which had been forged in significant measure through legal mobilization and the use of international human rights standards. However, pre-pandemic, it was already evident that a wave of ethnonationalism and populism had created backlash against reproductive justice under the umbrella of anti- “gender ideology”. Drawing on case examples from multiple regions, as well as in supra-national human rights forums, the course will explore: the origins and evolution of asserting international legal claims to SRHR; challenges to advancing reproductive justice and SRHR in diverse lived realities; and contested narratives about health, sexuality and rights embedded in SRHR claims.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law, Health Law, Human Rights