Women and the Law: A Bibliographical Survey of Legal and Quasi-Legal Materials with Special Reference to Commonwealth Caribbean Jurisdictions and Including Relevant Commonwealth Caribbean Legislation and Case Material

Women and the Law: A Bibliographical Survey of Legal and Quasi-Legal Materials with Special Reference to Commonwealth Caribbean Jurisdictions and Including Relevant Commonwealth Caribbean Legislation and Case Material

Women and the Law: A Bibliographical Survey of Legal and Quasi-Legal Materials with Special Reference to Commonwealth Caribbean Jurisdictions and Including Relevant Commonwealth Caribbean Legislation and Case Material

Women and the Law: A Bibliographical Survey of Legal and Quasi-Legal Materials with Special Reference to Commonwealth Caribbean Jurisdictions and Including Relevant Commonwealth Caribbean Legislation and Case Material

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The aim of the bibliography has been to produce a reference work for those interested in acquiring, researching or locating materials on women and the law, with the provisos as stated below. Sources consulted for this material include articles, books and documents; Commonwealth Caribbean cases, legislation, theses and newspapers; international legal instruments, bibliographies and current awareness services.

The topic covered in this bibliography is very wide, and therefore I have concentrated on the Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions. There are not as many materials on women and the law by Caribbean authors or editors, particularly women, as I would have thought, but I must mention the work of Norma Monica Forde, which includes the monograph Women and the Law, as part of the Women in the Caribbean Project series, edited by Joycelin Massiah (1981), and that of Stephanie Daly who, like Norma Forde (1980 and 1985), has also written about the legal status of women in the Commonwealth Caribbean, particularly in Trinidad (1975 and 1982). Because of this present paucity, I have sought to expand the work to include materials from other jurisdictions, particularly international human rights materials, which I think, will be useful to a broad spectrum of users, and at the same time give a balance to the work.

The items listed are primarily legal materials, but also included are some quasi-legal materials (that is, socioeconomic, political, and developmental materials), such as government departmental reports, reports from the CARICOM Secretariat, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and reports from other international institutions, particularly the United Nations and the Organization of American States. In general, the work also looks at women and their organizations, in families, and in movements for liberation and advancement, and, of course, women in the legal profession, particularly as many women in law in the Commonwealth Caribbean are now also involved in politics.

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