The Encyclopedia of Law and Societyis the largest comprehensive and international treatment of the law and society field. The three volumes of this state-of-the-art resource represent interdisciplinary perspectives on law from sociology, criminology, cultural anthropology, political science, social psychology, and economics.
This paper explores the demand for positive change in family and for the protection of rights, illustrating ways in which equality and justice in the Muslim family have become increasingly possible. The paper concentrates on developments in the last four decades. During this period, two forces have emerged that have particularly focused on family laws: women’s collective action on the one hand, and on the other, religious fundamentalism.
This paper examines the rights to property accorded to women in Islam under direct Quranic injunctions and compares it with the state of these rights in present Muslim societies. It argues that the correct application of Quranic laws will not only materially improve the status of women in Muslim societies and guarantee them economic security, it will also bring economic prosperity to such societies directly.
Rural Women’s Access to Land and Property in Selected Countries. Progress Towards Achieving the Aims of Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This study provides information on the historical background to the Convention and its Optional Protocol, and on the working methods of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in monitoring compliance with the Convention.
The Habitat Agenda is the main political document that came out of the Habitat II conference in Istanbul, Turkey 3 to 14 June 1996. Adopted by 171 countries, at what was called the City Summit it contains over 100 commitments and 600 recommendations on human settlements issues. The agenda has numerous reference to women and gender referring to areas that need to be addressed in order to empower women. They include women’s right to land, housing and property.
The Beijing Platform for Action, adopted by governments at the Fourth World Conference on Women, 15 September 1995 is an agenda for women's empowerment. The Platform aims at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and focuses on 12 critical areas which are identified as obstacles to the advancement of women in the world.
The 2010 International Property Rights Index (IPRI) is an international comparative study that measures the significance of both physical and intellectual property rights and their protection for economic well-being. In order to incorporate and grasp the important aspects related to property rights protection, the Index focuses on three areas: Legal and Political Environment (LP), Physical Property Rights (PPR), and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The current study analyzes data for 125 countries around the globe, representing ninety-seven percent of world GDP.