“Righting” and Rewriting: Reflections on Five Feminist Judgments Projects 2/22 @FemLegalStudies

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On Monday, February 22, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at the University of British Columbia Peter A. Allard School of Law will sponsor a discussion, “Righting” and Rewriting: Reflections on Feminist Judgments Projects. Here is a description of the program:

Beginning with the Women’s Court of Canada in the early 2000s, a number of jurisdictionally-specific feminist judgment projects (FJPs) have grown up around the world. These creative, collaborative initiatives involve feminist scholars and lawyers reimagining and rewriting judicial decisions through a feminist lens, and accounting for intersecting inequalities based on disability, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity and national identity. On this panel, scholars from a range of jurisdictions will reflect on the possibilities and challenges of FJPs.

Represented on the panel are five Feminist Judgments Projects, those from Africa, Aotearoa/New Zealand, India, Canada and Scotland. The speakers are:

Ambreena Manji
Professor of Land Law and Development, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University
(African Feminist Judgments Project)

Emmah Senge Wabuke
Doctoral Candidate, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge; Gates Cambridge Scholar
(African Feminist Judgments Project)

Martha Gayoye
Teaching Fellow & Early Career Fellow, University of Warwick, School of Law
(African Feminist Judgments Project)

Khylee Quince
Associate Professor and Head of School for Māori and Pacific Advancement, Auckland University of Technology School of Law
(Aotearoa/New Zealand Feminist Judgments Project)

Jhuma Sen
Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School; Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University
(Indian Feminist Judgements Project) 

Denise Réaume
Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
(Women’s Court of Canada) 

Sharon Cowan
Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies (she/her), University of Edinburgh School of Law
(Scottish Feminist Judgments Project) 

The program will be moderated by Debra Parkes, Professor and Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC, with comments by Sonia Lawrence, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

UBC’s own Professor Erez Aloni is one of the contributors to Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge U. Press 2016). He wrote a fantastic commentary to the feminist judgment in Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015), written by Professor Carlos Ball (Rutgers).

The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project has expanded to include several subject-specific volumes, already in print or forthcoming:

Other Feminist Judgments projects have been undertaken in the UK/Wales (2010), Australia (2014), and Ireland (2017).

The UBC event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Details are available here.

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