Legal Issues

Unequal and Unprotected: Women's Rights Under Lebanese Personal Status Law

Lebanon does not have a civil code regulating personal status matters. Instead, there are 15 separate personal status laws for the country’s different recognized religious communities including twelve Christian, four Muslim, the Druze, and Jewish confessions, which are administered by separate religious courts. Religious authorities often promoted this judicial pluralism as being essential to protecting Lebanon’s religious diversity.

Justice for Stability: Addressing the impact of mass displacement on Lebanon’s justice system

This policy brief outlines options for strengthening rule of law in Lebanon to improve access to justice for both Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees. It discusses stopgap measures for the temporary stay of Syrian refugees in the country and highlights opportunities for long-term reform of the justice system. The brief provides recommendations to key actors on actions to reduce the unsustainable pressure on the Lebanese justice system and to ensure protection of the displaced population.

Social Protection for Women Workers in the Informal Economy

This article examines various approaches to the development of social protection schemes for informal women workers and issues facing this process. Sections in the article include 1) Introduction; 2) An Approach to Social Protection; 3) Components of a Social Protection Program for Women Workers; 4) Building Member-Based Organization; 5) Laws and Regulatory Environment; and 6) SEWA: A Case Study. 

الدليل إلى معرفة أحوال المرأة

ان كتاب "الدليل إلى معرفة أحوال المرأة" الصادر عام 2010،هو ثمرة للتعاون القائم بين الهيئة الوطنية لشؤون المرأة اللبنانية وصندوق الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي للمرأة ، في إطار البرنامج الإقليمي لدعم الحقوق الإنسانية للمرأة UNIFEM في مناطق المغرب والمشرق. وهو يرمي في الأساس إلى رسم الأطر التي يمكن من خلالها التعرّف على أحوال المرأة في مجالات عدّة في بلادنا، فالقاعدة المعرفيّة الموضوعيّة حول قضايا المرأة تشكّل الأساس الذي يمكن الإنطلاق منه لرفع مستوى الإدراك العام لأهميّة هذه القضايا ولرسم الاستراتيجيات الفعالة لمناصرتها.

Seeking The Rule of Law in The Absence of The State: Transitional Justice and Policing in Opposition-Controlled Syria Part 1

This report is this first of a three-part series focusing on the current status and lessons learned relating to transitional justice and policing initiatives in opposition-controlled Syria. • Part I focuses on the effects of the departure of judicial and security elements of the Syrian state has had on conditions on the ground currently and on the nascent justice institutions that have emerged in this void (including levels of institutionalisation, Islamic law, and the legal systems currently being debated and trialed in some areas).

Cases of Femicide Before Lebanese Courts

This case study book entitled “Cases of Femicide before Lebanese Courts” was written by Azza Charara Baydoun and published by KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation in 2011. The introduction sheds light on two crimes committed against women, the first by her husband and the second by her brother, within the context of family structure and its relations (mistrusting and adultery, and family honor), followed by a hypothetical version of the story in which the genders and roles are reversed.


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