John Cooper QC appointed as Counsel to the CEDAW People's Tribunal

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), is an international human rights treaty adopted in 1979. The UK agreed to follow it in 1986, although it has not been implemented into UK domestic law nor has a UK representative been nominated to sit on the CEDAW Committee.

By following CEDAW, the UK agrees to take measures to ensure women’s full enjoyment of human rights on an equal basis with men, including:

  • eradicating stereotyped roles for women and men;

  • ensuring women’s equal participation in public life;

  • equality before the law; and

  • eliminating discrimination in employment.

On 16 July 2020, the CEDAW People's Tribunal was established to examine the failure to integrate CEDAW into UK domestic legislation, decide whether those delays are legitimate or not, and to make necessary recommendations as to how CEDAW can be given full effect in the UK, advancing women in all aspects of society and recognising historic inequalities. John Cooper QC has been instructed as Counsel to the Tribunal and will lead an experienced team in the preparation and presentation of arguments before a tribunal of independent judges.


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