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About Us

The Cornell Center for Women and Justice is a unique interdisciplinary academic, advocacy and thought leadership center working at the intersection of women, justice, the economy and technology. Its mission is to bring together representatives from academia, the public and private sectors, government and non-governmental organizations to improve women’s access to justice, economic opportunity and social progress. The Center draws on a variety of disciplines to address women’s economic and social empowerment including law, economics, STEM, media and others. Based at Cornell Law School, the Center employs the expertise and resources of Cornell University and in particular draws upon the innovation of the recently launched Cornell Tech School to empower women through technology.

The Center began in 2009 with a generous grant from the Avon Foundation for Women. Since then it has undertaken several major initiatives including practice-oriented clinical projects, legal research assistance for judges, thought leadership events and an online repository of resources relating to gender justice. The Center continues to expand its scope with the launch of Cornell Tech to harness the power of technology to promote and secure women’s economic and social progress.

The Center is led by Faculty Director, Professor Stewart Schwab and Chair and Co-Founder, Kim Azzarelli, who also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the law school, teaching courses on women, justice and the economy.

Our Work

The Cornell Center for Women and Justice's mission is to is to bring together representatives from academia, the public and private sectors, government and non-governmental organizations to improve women’s access to justice, economic opportunity and social progress. The Center engages in several major initiatives in furtherance of its mission and has undertaken practice-oriented clinical projects, legal research assistance for judges, conferences and other events, and online repository of resources relating to gender justice.

 CLINICAL PROJECTS

The Center undertakes clinical projects developed with judges, legal professionals, and organizations to improve access to justice, economy opportunity and social progress for women and girls. Projects have involved conducting fact-finding and writing reports, engaging with international or national human rights bodies, designing and participating in training and public education programs, contributing to the development of laws, policies, or standards or promoting their effective implementation, and other activities designed to advance gender justice.

LEGAL RESEARCH SUPPORT FOR JUDGES 

The Center promotes the implementation of international and domestic laws relating to gender justice by providing judges throughout the world with legal research support on relevant issues. The Center has accepted requests from judges around the world to conduct pro bono legal research on issues relating to women and access to justice. Research has included provision of topical resources or more in-depth analysis of discrete issues. To request additional information and/or research or technical assistance from the Center, please visit the Research Assistance for Judges page.

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS 

The Center hosts an annual conference and other events for judges, legal professionals, scholars, advocates and public and private-sector stakeholders. These events are an opportunity to, among other things, exchange ideas and best practices for securing justice, economic opportunity and social progress for women and girls.

WOMEN & JUSTICE COLLECTION

The Center's Women and Justice Collection offers unique access to judicial decisions from around the world that protect women's rights and prevent and punish gender-based violence. The free database can be searched by country, topic, and keyword, and search results include case summaries and links to full-text decisions. The collection also makes available articles, reports, reference guides, and annotated reference lists of relevant international human rights instruments that address gender justice-related topics.