This book offers an in-depth and critical analysis of the Istanbul Convention, along with discussions on its impact and implications.

The work highlights the place of the Convention in the landscape of international law and policies on violence against women and equality. The authors argue that the Convention with its emphasis on integrated and comprehensive policies has an important role in promoting equality, but they also note the debates on “genderism” that the Convention has triggered in some member states. The book analyses central concepts of the Convention, including violence, gender and due diligence. It takes up major commitments of the parties to the Convention, including support and services to victims, criminal law provisions and protection of migrant women against violence. The book thus makes a major contribution to the development of national laws, policies and practice.

It provides a valuable guide for policy-makers, students and academics in international human rights law, criminal and social law, social policy, social work and gender studies.

chapter |21 pages


The Istanbul Convention as a response to violence against women in Europe
ByJohanna Niemi, Lourdes Peroni, Vladislava Stoyanova

part Part I|52 pages

Context and role

part Part II|55 pages


chapter 4|18 pages

The concepts of gender and violence in the Istanbul Convention

ByJohanna Niemi, Amalia Verdu Sanmartin

chapter 5|35 pages

Due diligence versus positive obligations

Critical reflections on the Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women
ByVladislava Stoyanova

part Part III|58 pages

Criminal law responses

chapter 6|24 pages

The Istanbul Convention on sexual offences

A duty to reform the wording of national law or the way we think?
ByMinni Leskinen

chapter 7|16 pages

Exploring intersectionality

Female genital mutilation/cutting in the Istanbul Convention
ByRuth M. Mestre i Mestre

chapter 8|16 pages

Forced sterilisation in the Istanbul Convention

Remedies, intersectional discrimination and cis-exclusiveness
ByDaniela Alaattinoğlu

part Part IV|34 pages

Victim services

chapter 9|17 pages

The right to adequate housing of battered women

The added value of the Istanbul Convention?
ByIngrid Westendorp

chapter 10|15 pages

Support to battered women in Sweden

Non-profits and public authorities collaborating, counteracting and competing
ByUlrika Andersson, Sara Bengtson

part Part V|34 pages

Migration and asylum

chapter 11|16 pages

Protection beyond victimisation

The significance of the Istanbul Convention for migrant women
ByFulvia Staiano

chapter 12|16 pages

Gender-based violence against women and international protection needs

The contribution of the Istanbul Convention
ByDolores Morondo Taramundi

part Part VI|39 pages

National responses to the Convention

chapter 13|18 pages

The Istanbul Convention in Poland

Between the “war on gender” and legal reform
ByKatarzyna Sękowska-Kozłowska

chapter 14|19 pages

Reservations and declarations under the Istanbul Convention

ByWojciech Burek