This Legal Snapshot surveys the landscape of Commonwealth sexual offences legislation, examines discriminatory elements and patterns, identifies measurable indicators of good practice, and explores how effective law reform has been achieved in practice recently.
This case study explores how Nauru embarked in 2009 on a wholesale review of its Criminal Code, including its sexual offences provisions, with the aim of simplifying, modernising and strengthening criminal offences. This case study provides an in-depth analysis of how this legislative reform was successfully achieved.
This synopsis draws together the lessons learned from six case studies of countries that have undertaken the reform of discriminatory sexual offences laws.
This case study provides an in depth analysis of the significant leap forward taken by Palau in protecting the rights of its citizens, through the updating of its sexual offences laws and Criminal Code.
This report provides a step-by-step analysis of how reform of sexual offences law in Belize was achieved through a combination of changes to legislation and policy via the legislature, and public interest litigation via the courts.
Enacted in 2015, Mozambique's reform of its Criminal Code, including its sexual offences provisions, has created greater protection from violence and discrimination for women, children and LGBT people. This report provides a step-by-step analysis of how reform was achieved.