About

The Optional Protocol to CEDAW website was created by Simone Cusack in January 2012 in response to the lack of information about the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Optional Protocol to CEDAW).  

Simone Cusack is an Australian lawyer with expertise in human rights.  She holds a B.A./LL.B. (Hons.) from Monash University (Australia) and a LL.M. from the University of Toronto (Canada).  She has published and lectured on a range of human rights issues, including the Optional Protocol to CEDAW, and is co-author (with Professor Rebecca J. Cook) of Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).  

The website is published in Simone’s personal capacity.

Books

Rebecca J. Cook & Simone Cusack, Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)

Spanish translation: Estereotipos de Género: Perspectivas Legales Transnacionales, traducido por: Andrea Parra (Profamilia Colombia, 2011)

Reports

Simone Cusack, Mechanisms for Advancing Women’s Human Rights: A Guide to Using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and Other International Complaint Mechanisms (Australian Human Rights Commission, 2011)

Chapters 

Simone Cusack, “Building Momentum Towards Real Change: How the UN’s Response to Stereotyping is Evolving,” in Eva Brems & Alexandra Timmer, eds., Stereotyping as a Human Rights Issue (Intersentia, forthcoming 2015)

Simone Cusack, “The CEDAW as a Legal Framework for Transnational Discourses on Gender Stereotyping,” in Anne Hellum & Henriette Sinding Aasen, eds., Women’s Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 124

Simone Cusack & Rebecca J. Cook, “Combating Discrimination against Women” in Catarina Krause & Martin Scheinin (eds.), International Protection of Human Rights: A Textbook, 2nd ed., (Åbo Akademic University, Institute for Human Rights, 2012), 211-242

Simone Cusack & Rebecca J. Cook, “Combating Discrimination Based on Sex and Gender,” in Catarina Krause & Martin Scheinin (eds.), International Protection of Human Rights: A Textbook (Åbo Akademi University, Institute for Human Rights, 2009), 205-226

Rebecca J. Cook & Simone Cusack, “Women’s Rights” in Rhona K. M. Smith & Christien van der Anker (eds.), Essential Guide to Human Rights (Hodder Arnold, 2005), 366-369

Articles

Simone Cusack & Lisa Pusey, “CEDAW and the Rights to Non-Discrimination and Equality” (2013) 14(1) Melbourne Journal of International Law 54

Simone Cusack & Alexandra Timmer, “Gender Stereotyping in Rape Cases: The CEDAW Committee’s Decision in Vertido v The Philippines” (2011) 11(2) Human Rights Law Review 329-342

Rebecca J. Cook, Simone Cusack & Bernard M. Dickens, “Unethical Female Stereotyping in Reproductive Health” (2010) 109 International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 255-258

Spanish translation: Rebecca J. Cook, Simone Cusack y Bernard M. Dickens, “La Estereotipación Poco Ética de la Mujer en la Salud Reproductiva,” Traducido por Sandra Dughman (revised edition by CIDE Law School). Texto traducido y reproducido con autorización de la Federación Internacional de Ginecología y Obstetricia (FIGO)

Reprinted and translated: Rebecca J. Cook, Bernard M. Dickens y Simone Cusack, “La Estereotipación Poco Ética de la Mujer en la Salud Reproductiva,” Discusiones sobre Genero, Sexualidad y Derecho: Taller 2010, ed. Alejandro Madrazo, Estefanía Vela, y Cecilia Garibi  (Fontamara, 2013) 123-134

Simone Cusack & Rebecca J. Cook, “Stereotyping Women in the Health Sector: Lessons from CEDAW” (2009) 16(1) Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice 47-78

Simone Cusack, “Discrimination against Women: Eliminating its Compounded and Systemic Forms” (2009) 34(2) Alternative Law Journal 86-91

Simone Cusack & Cecilia Riebl, “International Human Rights Law in Australian Courts: A Role for Amici Curiae and Interveners” (2006) 31(3) Alternative Law Journal 122- 126

Book Reviews

Simone Cusack, “The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women: A Commentary” (Marsha A. Freeman, Christine Chinkin & Beate Rudolf (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) (2013) 35 Human Rights Quarterly 251-258

Simone Cusack & Lisa Pusey, “Women’s Human Rights and Culture: From Deadlock to Dialogue” (Rikki Holtmaat & Jonneke Naber, Antwerp: Intersentia, 2010), (2012) 34 Human Rights Quarterly 583-586

Simone Cusack & Rebecca J. Cook, “’Honour’: Crimes, Paradigms, and Violence against Women” (Lynn Welchman & Sara Hossain (eds.), London: Zed Books; Melbourne: Spinifex, 2005) (2007) 29(2) Human Rights Quarterly 524-533 

Unpublished Reports and Papers

Simone Cusack, Eliminating Judicial Stereotyping: Equal Access to Justice for Women in Gender-based Violence Cases, Commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2014)

Simone Cusack, Gender Stereotyping as a Human Rights Violation: Research Report, Commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2013)

Simone Cusack, Strategies for Addressing Gender Stereotyping: Policy Paper, Commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2013)

Simone Cusack,  Advancing Sexual Health and Human Rights in the Western Pacific (World Health Organization and International Council on Human Rights Policy, 2010)

 

Last updated: 2 May 2015