Bettina Plevan: Women law pioneer dies aged 75

Image copyright Robert Lyle Image caption Ms Plevan (centre) received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Queen in 2015 An international law pioneer Bettina Plevan has died aged 75 after a long illness….

Bettina Plevan: Women law pioneer dies aged 75

Image copyright Robert Lyle Image caption Ms Plevan (centre) received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Queen in 2015

An international law pioneer Bettina Plevan has died aged 75 after a long illness.

Known as “the queen of the glass ceiling”, she worked tirelessly to break down barriers and encourage women to become lawyers.

Ms Plevan worked in London before relocating to Brussels to establish the European Union’s (EU) first regulation of the company sector.

She was then instrumental in the establishment of the International Criminal Court.

She received the Queen’s Award for Services to Women in 2010.

And last year, she was named by the BBC as one of its Women of Achievement.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Plevan was the first woman to be appointed president of the International Commission of Jurists

Ms Plevan was born in Grossmünster, and grew up in France and the UK. She graduated with an LLB in 1951 from Newcastle University.

In 1980, Ms Plevan became the first woman to be appointed president of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an inter-governmental body which contributes to international law.

She was known for always going the extra mile to promote greater gender equality in both private and public sectors, and in 1995 she came up with the idea of the EU’s company regulations.

Following her retirement, Ms Plevan worked for ICJ’s partner The Hague Court on Gender Equality and was vice-president of its Legal Policy Centre, which advances gender equality in the family, workforce and labour markets.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Plevan was a leading light of the Women and Law Forum

Ms Plevan was also a founder member of the Women and Law Forum, a UK-based group devoted to international law and women’s rights.

They held more than 30 meetings, forums and events in London, Brussels, Paris, New York and other cities across the world, covering topics from commercial justice to transnational law.

Ms Plevan, a Labour Party life peer, was also a founding member of the European Women’s Law Network, and at the EU Council of Ministers she has written a number of articles on the status of women in the EU.

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