Courting Gender Justice: Gender Discrimination Cases in Russia and at the European Court of Human Rights

Monday, November 13, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join us for a talk with Professor Lisa Sundstrom (University of British Columbia) about her publication “Courting Gender Justice: Gender Discrimination Cases in Russia and at the European Court of Human Rights” (co-authored with Valerie Sperling of Clark University).

This event is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is part of our Russian Studies & Policy event series.

Since Russian citizens became eligible to submit complaints about human rights violations to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in 1998, few gender discrimination cases have been submitted to the ECtHR among the tens of thousands of Russian case applications, and the Court has rendered a judgment on only one of thema denial of parental leave complaint brought by a man. This paper examines the multifaceted obstacles to bringing gender discrimination cases to court in Russia and at the ECtHR, and the particular combination of factors that characterizes the precious few cases that do make it to the ECtHR.

Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom is an associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. Her major research interests include democratization, human rights, women’s rights, the politics of international democracy assistance, and NGO activism in both domestic and transnational politics, including NGOs’ strategic litigation in international courts. She has two current book projects in progress: one with Valerie Sperling on gender discrimination cases at the European Court of Human Rights; and a second with Laura A. Henry on engagement with global governance institutions by NGOs from the BRICS countries. She has published in scholarly journals including International OrganizationGlobal Environmental PoliticsCommunist and Post-Communist StudiesEurope-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and Human Rights Quarterly. Her book publications include Funding Civil Society: Foreign Assistance and NGO Development in Russia (Stanford University Press, 2006), Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment (ME Sharpe, 2005, co-edited with Alfred B. Evans, Jr. and Laura A. Henry), and Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change (MIT Press, 2010, co-edited with Kathryn Harrison).