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CEDAW in the Jordanian Legal System- A Handbook for Practitioners

CEDAW in the Jordanian Legal System- A Handbook for Practitioners

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This Manual is designed to be an innovative and practical guide on CEDAW and its application in the Jordanian judicial system. This is a comprehensive instrument to be used by different actors of the law enforcement system in their day to day work.
This Manual is designed to be an innovative and practical guide on CEDAW and its application in the Jordanian judicial system. This is a comprehensive instrument to be used by different actors of the law enforcement system in their day to day work.

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Dr. Mohammad Khalil Al-Moussa
Preface by Asma Khader
Mizan Law Group or Human Rights (Mizan)
Mizan was established by a team of lawyers as a non-prot andindependent organisation in 1998. Its goals include the protection of human rights, the promotion of democracy, policy reform, and raisingawareness on human rights. The Organisation leads a number of initiativesin Jordan including offering legal assistance and protection to vulnerablegroups such as children, women, prisoners, refugees, and elderly people.In addition, Mizan works to increase the capacity of legal practitionersenhancing their knowledge on international human rights instrumentsand their use at the domestic level. Ultimately, Mizan strives to enhancethe legal protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Jordanas they are laid out in international and national laws. The organisationplays a central role in encouraging policy reform in line with internationalstandards, in particular promoting the dialogue between nationalinstitutions and civil society. Mizan has an ofce in Amman as well asnorth and south of the Hashemite Kingdom.
The Jordanian National Commission or Women(JNCW)
The Jordanian National Commission for Women is a semi-governmentalorganisation founded in 1992 under the chairmanship of Her RoyalHighness Princess Basma Bint Talal. It is a translation of the Royal vision of enhancing the role of women and an expression of Jordan’s commitmentto the advancement of the status of women and to the implementationof all provisions of conventions, treaties and action plans internationallyrecognised. The Commission is composed of ministers, representativesfrom the civil society and the private sector and a number of experts.The Commission functions, entrusted to it by The Council of Ministers,include: the revision of laws and legislations to ensure that they do notdiscriminate against women; proposition of public policies aimed atempowering women in various elds; working as a liaison between thegovernmental and non-governmental organisations; implementation of programs and projects, including capacity building, and the preparationof periodic reports on the status of women; and nally, overseeingthe preparation and updating of the national strategy for women and
monitoring its implementation. To carry out these tasks, the Commissioncontinuously strives to strengthen networking and communication withthe various groups and organisations within the society.
Italian Consortium o Solidarity (ICS)
ICS is an International Non-Governmental Organisation founded in 1993as a network of Italian associations and local groups operating on issuesrelated to human rights, peace and development sharing the same valuesand working methodology. ICS is engaged in the protection of victimsof armed conicts and international crisis as well as the promotionand protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Throughpartnerships with various organisations, ICS has been able to implement anumber of projects in the Middle East and it has been active in Jordan since2008. The focus of these programs has increasingly been the protectionand promotion of human rights, often through capacity building programsfocused on the use of international legal instruments.
Note to Readers
The primary audience of this publication are Arabic speaking practitioners,nevertheless the decision to produce a bilingual publication was guidedby the fact that this work can benet not only those in Jordan but it canalso be used as a tool for advocates for the Convention of the Eliminationof Discrimination Against Women in other countries, allowing them tocreate similar material; in addition to assisting the promotion of CEDAW, it will also assist international experts to become better acquainted with the Jordanian legal system, including the representatives of UN human rightsinstitutions.Please note that the original publication was written in Arabic, andtranslated into English. The English version differs slightly from the Arabic version due to the translation and editing process.
Note on the Author
Professor Mohammed Khalil Al-Moussa obtained his PhD in internationallaw from the Faculty of Law at the University of Nantes, France, in 1999. Hehas worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Legal Studiesat Al al-Bayt University, and as lecturer at both the Jordanian DiplomaticInstitute, and Hashemite University, he also taught at Al-ZaitounehUniversity. Professor Al-Moussa is currently teaching International HumanRights Law and International Humanitarian Law at the University of Bahrain. He collaborates with a number of NGOs in Jordan.He has published several research papers and books in Arabic, including:
the Juridical Function of International Organizations 
(Amman: WaelPublications, 2003),
the Interpretation of International Human Rights Convention in the light of the Practice of Treaties Bodies 
(Journal of Law, University of Kuwait, 2004),
the Use of Force in the Contemporary International Law 
(Amman: Wael Publications, 2004),
International Law of Human Rights 
(Amman: House of Culture and for Publishing andDistribution, 2005),
the Impact of Reservations Made by States 
(The Journalof Law, University of Bahrain, 2006),
Guide for the Application of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 
(Amman: Adalah Centre for HumanRights Studies, 2008).

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