Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Ensuring that courts do not re-victimize: making Beijing's commitments a reality

On March 9, 2015, the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice partnered with the International Association for Women Judges (IAWJ) to organize a parallel event during the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. 

This year's CSW session mainly focused on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including the current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Therefore, the Avon Center and IAWJ's panel, which included speakers from several countries around the world, examined the steps that governments have taken to meet their obligations under the Beijing Platform, particularly to ensure that women defendants, victims, and witness are not re-victimized or discriminated against during the investigation and prosecution of crimes. It considered the role of judges and courtroom procedures in protecting the rights of victims of gender-based violence during trials. It also highlighted relevant international and regional standards that emphasize respect for cross-cutting human rights principles to ensure justice for adult and child victim/witnesses.