As part of the Fourth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Center will launch Legal Grounds: Reproductive and Sexual Rights in African Commonwealth Courts: Volume II.
Legal Grounds II is a joint publication of the Center, the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme of the University of Toronto, and the LLM Programme on Reproductive and Sexual Rights of the University of the Free State, South Africa.
The first volume was published in 2005 when very few publications examined how national courts interpret and apply regional and international human rights laws — particularly when dealing with legal issues that affect women's rights. The second volume of this publication, which summarizes and analyzes cases pertaining to reproductive and sexual rights, including gender-based violence, HIV discrimination, property and family law, abortion, and claims of fetal interests, continues to provide this needed information. Legal Grounds II is a tool for advocates, activists, and academics working in the African region and can be used to:
1) Enhance and spread awareness of national level legal precedents and decisions,
2) Develop and strengthen litigation and advocacy strategies, and,
3) Identify existing gaps in the interpretation and adjudication of rights.
The Fourth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights is a fitting event to launch Legal Grounds II because its\' expected 500 attendees — practitioners, advocates, and practitioners alike — all work towards curtailing rights violations including those related to HIV. The Center will also participate in two panel presentations during the conference and distribute both volumes of Legal Grounds and other signature publications.