Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Global and the Personal

September 21, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg


WAPPP Leader in Rangita de Silva de Alwis remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her latest article for the WAPPP Wire. 

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg knew the dangers of a parochial approach to the law. When necessary, she was not afraid to rely on international and comparative law, both as a justice and as a lawyer, to make a case for equality under the law. She drew upon comparative law for her first brief filed in the Supreme Court, Reed v. Reed, in 1970—the first case to prohibit sex-based classification. For the brief, she extensively referenced reports to the UN on the legal status of women in Sweden as well as the UN Charter. In Grutter v. Bollinger, which challenged the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action program, she compared the program to the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women' s Temporary Special Measures in Article 4."