Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type



International Relations


Domestic Violence, International Law, South Asia


This thesis investigates the implementation of international human rights norms and treaty laws regarding domestic violence in Bangladesh and Pakistan and how compliance is hindered by traditional norms, which exist within communities and at the state level. While the focus of this thesis is on Pakistan and Bangladesh, the findings and lessons can be applied to countries who are suffering from patriarchal norms which facilitate domestic violence. Domestic violence is a worldwide epidemic that discriminates against woman regardless of her color, education, or social class. Domestic violence is a form of gender-based violence which exploits and hinders women from enjoying their rights and freedoms. The argument of this thesis is that traditional patriarchal norms at the individual and community level hinder the implementation of international laws.



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