Panel of Independent Judges
The Steering Committee of the CEDAW People's Tribunal (CPT) is delighted to welcome on board, five extraordinary women who together will preside on the CEDAWpt.com Panel of Independent Judges
Dr Jocelynne Scutt
Jocelynne Annette Scutt AO is an Australian feminist lawyer, writer and commentator. She is one of Australia's leading human rights barristers, was instrumental in reform of the laws on rape and domestic violence and has served as Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Tasmania and as a judge on the High Court of Fiji
Prof Christine Chinkin
Christine Chinkin, FBA is Emerita Professor of International Law, Professorial Research Fellow and Founding Director of the Centre of Women Peace & Security at LSE. She is a barrister, a member of Matrix Chambers. Together with H. Charlesworth, she won the American Society of International Law, 2005 Goler T. Butcher Medal 'for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law'. She is a William C Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She has held visiting appouintments in Australia, the United States, Singapore and the People’s Republic of China. She is currently a member of the Kosovo Human Rights Advisory Panel and was Scientific Advisor to the Council of Europe’s Committee for the drafting of the Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.
Jane Gordon MA (Oxon) LLM (Distinction) is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience working in human rights legal practice and policy. In 2014-2020, Jane co-founded and co-directed Sisters For Change (SFC) www.sistersforchange.org.uk, an international NGO that delivered technical legal and policy programmes worldwide to combat discrimination and violence against women and girls. Jane worked at ministerial level with foreign governments across the Commonwealth on legal and policy reform; convened and chaired expert legal meetings and high-level policy roundtables in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Namibia, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Singapore and the UK; worked with human rights activist networks and women-led unions in India and Indonesia and frontline VAW services in the UK to strengthen their capacity to use domestic and international law to combat violence against women; drafted evidence-based reports and edited comparative legal reviews on priority areas of law reform; and provided briefings to UN bodies, parliamentary committees and oversight bodies. In 2016-2017, Jane served as a member of the expert working group advising the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the development of its general recommendation 35 on gender-based violence against women. Between 2008-2017, Jane was a Senior Fellow at LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Centre for Women, Peace and Security. She convened LSE’s practitioners’ course on Women’s Human Rights (2012-2016) and lectured on LSE’s International Human Rights Law & Practice and Law, War & Human Rights short courses.
Dr Aisha Gill
Professor Aisha K. Gill, Ph.D. (University of Essex) CBE is Professor of Criminology at University of Roehampton. Her main areas of interest focus on health and criminal justice responses to violence against Black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) women in the UK, Georgia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Libya, India, Pakistan and Yemen. Professor Gill is often in the news as a commentator on early/child/forced marriage, violence predicated on 'honour', and sexual violence in South Asian communities. She writes for mainstream popular as well as academic audiences. Professor Gill has been involved in addressing the problem of violence against women and girls (VAWG) at the grassroots level for the past 21 years. She is invited adviser to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) strategic support group on investigations and complaints involving gendered forms of violence against women in the UK (including domestic violence)
Prof Fareda Banda
Fareda Banda holds two law degrees from the University of Zimbabwe where she won the University book prize for graduating in the top three. She was awarded a Beit Fellowship to Oxford University and a Livingstone Scholarship to Cambridge. She took the Beit and went to Oxford where she was elected President of the graduates of her College and completed her doctorate on access to justice for women within three years. Thereafter, she worked for the Law Commission of England and Wales before being awarded a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship which enabled her to return to Oxford as a post-doctoral research fellow.
Fareda joined SOAS in 1996. She has convened and taught English Family law, Human rights of women and Law and Society since then. She has also contributed to various courses including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law and Development, Law and Development in Africa and Legal Systems of Asia and Africa. She has supervised PhD theses on topics including children’s rights, sexual violence against women, post-conflict reconstruction and gender. She writes on women’s rights, family law, and, more recently, religion. Fareda has been an active member of the School’s Equality Committee, first in her capacity as the union equality officer and more recently as the representative of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences.