Any State party may, at the time of signing, ratification, acceptance, approval or membership, reserve the right to be excluded – It is expected that during the period of the general half-day discussion, time will be set aside for oral statements. Representatives of states parties to the CEDAW Convention, specialized institutions and UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other interested organizations wishing to make a declaration of access to justice under the CEDAW Convention must also communicate their intention and submit their Word statement to Ms. Régine Gachoud (e-mail: email@example.com) by February 1, 2013. Instructions should not exceed 3 minutes. Speakers are required to provide Irene del Pilar Sandoval (Room A-541) on the day of the general discussion, before 9:30 a.m., with 8 background pieces of their statements for interpretation. While the Committee strives to respond to all requests for oral advice, it cannot guarantee that all speakers can do so in light of time constraints and the number of requests. The Committee also reserves the right to organize the list of speakers at its sole discretion. The complementary agreements between the parties to the 1905 and 1954 conventions are considered equivalent to this Convention, insofar as they are compatible with the Convention, unless the parties agree otherwise. Messages written on the topic of general discussion should be sent electronically in Word format to Ms. Régine Gachoud (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) with the words „General Discussion on Access to Justice“ on the subject. Shipments must not exceed 10 pages and must be sent by February 1, 2013.
Written contributions are not translated and should therefore be presented in English or French, the working languages of the secretariat. English law has recognized the right to equal access to justice since 14954, when Parliament recognized that equality could not exist without reducing the economic barriers faced by poor parties at trial.