Litigation Briefing Series: Complete Listing

The Litigation Briefing Series provides summaries and background information on high-impact cases that seek to strengthen legal protections for women’s reproductive rights in courts and human rights bodies around the world. The series is intended to raise awareness of cases, promote implementation of positive court decisions and assist activists and lawyers in litigating similar cases at the national and international level.

Human Rights Violations Caused By Exceedingly Restrictive Abortion Law
The three cases against Poland before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or Court) discussed in this toolkit, R.R. v. Poland decided by the Court in 2011 and P & S v. Poland and Z...
Female Genital Mutilation in Healthcare Facilities
The case of M.N.N. v. Attorney General of Kenya, brought on behalf of a woman who was mistreated, abused, and whose genitals were mutilated without her knowledge or consent in a private Kenyan...
Forced Sterilization of H.I.V.- Positive Women
F.S., a young woman from a rural town in Chile, was forcibly sterilized without her knowledge or consent when she was just 20 years old because she is HIV-positive. Women living with HIV encounter...
Legal Abortion Must Be Available to All Women
Lakshmi Devi Dhikta, a woman from an extremely poor household in the far-western region of nepal, already had five children when she became pregnant for the sixth time. She and her husband, Udhav,...
Access to Contraception Is a Human Right
In February 2000, the mayor of Manila issued Executive Order 003 (EO 003) to “promote” natural family planning and “discourage” so-called “artificial methods of contraception.”  Since then, EO...