By Jackie Jones:
In July, Professor Jackie Jones submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the European Women Lawyers Association in support of the Women Lawyers Association of Moldova. This was then received and considered by the Supreme Court of Moldova.
The case concerns women lawyers right to the same treatment in relation to payment into the health insurance system while on and after maternity leave. Female lawyers are treated differently to other self-employed female workers.
The amicus brief is based on international and domestic constitutional laws to equality and dignity. It argued that Moldova was in breach of its international law obligations and discriminated against women in the lack of provision of health insurance for women lawyers whilst on maternity leave.
The amicus brief was accepted into evidence by the Court, yet the case was lost, denying the remedy suggested by the national equality body that ruled in the Association’s favour.
The Association now plans to appeal to the United Nations CEDAW Committee. Professor Jones will remain involved in the process.
Note: Amicus briefs are legal documents filed in court appeal cases by non-litigants with a strong interest in the subject matter. The briefs advise the court of relevant, additional information or arguments that the court might wish to consider.