Jan 25
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Women’s Property Rights under CEDAW


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Women’s Property Rights under CEDAW


Date & Time: January 25, 2024 (Thursday) 13:00 – 14:00 (HKT)
Platform: Zoom Webinar
Language: Delivered in English with Mandarin Simultaneous Interpretation


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For over 40 years, the leading international treaty body on women’s rights, the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (the CEDAW Committee), has been generating jurisprudence interpreting CEDAW’s obligations that states protect the equal rights of women in relationships; family rights, including inheritance; rights to land, adequate housing, financial credit, social benefits, intellectual property, and other economic rights dependent on equal access to justice. This book concludes that CEDAW’s re-engendering of property—although a flawed and evolving work in progress—has the potential to be transformative for the half of the planet who is more likely to be treated as property than to have any.


José Alvarez is the Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University School of Law. Before coming to NYU, he was the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the executive director of the Center on Global Legal Problems at Columbia Law School, a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, an associate professor at the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center. At NYU he teaches courses on international law, foreign investment, and international organizations. He served as president of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) from 2006-2008 and was the immediate prior co-editor-in-chief, along with his NYU colleague, Benedict Kingsbury, of the American Journal of International Law. His lectures on “The Public International Law Regime Governing International Investment” at the Hague Academy of International Law were published as a pocketbook in 2011. His other books are a collection of essays, co-edited with others, entitled The Evolving International Investment Regime (OUP 2011) and International Organizations as Law-Makers (OUP 2005). He has published over 150 articles and book chapters.


Xin He is Professor at HKU Law Faculty. He studies China’s legal systems from a socio-legal perspective.


Angela Zhang is the Director of Philip K.H. Wong Centre for Chinese Law at the University of Hong Kong


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