RyanChristine Ryan is a first year SJD student at Duke Law School. Her research focuses on conceptualizing access to abortion as a human right in international human rights law. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to complete her studies at Duke. Prior to Duke, Christine worked as human rights officer with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade where she worked on gender issues and business and human rights. Christine completed her LLB at University College Cork in Ireland and her LLM in human rights at University College London.

The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a powerful international human rights instrument that reflects a global determination to achieve gender equality. This project will examine whether the CEDAW regime can secure transformative reforms on reproductive rights within the international human rights law framework. Research will include analyzing the theory and practice of the CEDAW Committee on abortion in light of feminist perspectives on reproductive rights and equality. The project will fill a research gap on CEDAW’s impact on abortion rights and the research will inform human rights actors and scholars who seek innovative ways to advance international protection of reproductive rights.


June 8, 2016: Debating Reproductive Rights in Belfast

July 7, 2016: Repeal the 8th Campaign