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Courting Gender Justice: Russia, Turkey, and the European Court of Human Rights

Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Valerie Sperling, and Melike Sayoglu


Women and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community in Russia and Turkey face pervasive discrimination. Only a small percentage dare to challenge their mistreatment in court. Facing domestic police and judges who often refuse to recognize discrimination, a tiny minority of activists have exhausted their domestic appeals and then turned to their last hope: the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The ECtHR, located in Strasbourg, France, is widely regarded as the most effective international human rights court in existence. Russian citizens whose rights have been violated ... More

Keywords: ECtHR, gender, women, LGBT, discrimination, Russia, Turkey, human rights, activists, feminist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190932831
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190932831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Valerie Sperling, author
Professor of Political Science, Clark University

Melike Sayoglu, author
Ph.D. Candidate, Clark University