Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Although the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ("CEDAW") was implemented in Hong Kong a full ten years after its enactment in the United Kingdom, evidence suggests that it is having a more practical impact in Hong Kong than in the United Kingdom largely because Hong Kong women's organizations are making more use of CEDAW in their current lobbying efforts. This article introduces CEDAW and its enforcement mechanisms, and compares its implementation in the two jurisdictions. The authors analyze the extent to which CEDAW is considered in public policy making, the extent to which the judiciary has relied upon CEDAW in deciding cases, and the participation of nongovernmental organizations in the reporting process. The article concludes with a comparison of the two jurisdictions and examines the opportunities for more effective implementation of CEDAW.