Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School - Burnt Umber Background

Our Work

The Avon Global Center's mission is to work with judges, legal professionals, and governmental and non-governmental organizations to improve access to justice in an effort to eliminate violence against women and girls.  The Center engages in several major initiatives in furtherance of its mission.  These include practice-oriented clinical projects, legal research assistance for judges, conferences and other events, and online legal resources relating to gender justice and gender-based violence.

Clinical Projects

The Center undertakes clinical projects developed with judges, legal professionals, and organizations to improve access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence.  Projects may involve 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-based violence by providing judges throughout the world with legal research support on these issues.  The Center accepts requests from judges around the world to conduct pro bono legal research on issues relating to women, violence, and access to justice.  Research may include 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 professional, scholars, and advocates.  These events are an opportunity to, among other things, exchange ideas and best practices for securing justice for survivors of gender-based violence.

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 on gender-justice-related topics.