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Catherine Briddick, the new Martin James Departmental Lecturer in Gender and Forced Migration, has written a post for the EU Law Analysis blog. This post, titled “The EU’s commitment to combatting violence against women: rhetoric or reality?”, concerns the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women (the Istanbul Convention). As Briddick writes, this Convention is “only the second international, legal instrument to focus on violence against women and the role of that violence in maintaining women’s inequality.” She addresses concerns around the Council taking “a radically different approach to that proposed by the Commission, taking not one but two decisions to sign the Convention in May 2017.” These decisions, she say, “not only diverge from the Commission’s proposal, but also from the EU’s position in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the CRPD).”

Read the blog post here

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