Category Archives: Sisters In Other Nations

@Dr_KMcLoughlin Reviews Aotearoa New Zealand and Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Books

Dr. Kcasey McLoughlin (Newcastle Law School, Australia) has published a review of  Feminist Judgments of Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Rino: A Two Stranded Rope (Rhonda Powell, Elisabeth MacDonald, Māmari Stephens & Rosemary Hunter eds., 2017) and Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges’ … Continue reading

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More on the Australia Tampon Tax: Tax Aromatherapy Instead?

ABC News Australia has a story by Louise Yaxley on the tampon tax repeal efforts there. Here is an excerpt from Senate Vote to Scrap ‘Tampon Tax’ Won’t Stop Women Paying 10 Per Cent More for Sanitary Products: The GST … Continue reading

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Tampon Tax Tracker: Australia “Axe the Tampon Tax” Bill

Earlier this week, the Australian Senate passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Axe the Tampon Tax) Bill 2018, which would eliminate the goods and services tax on “tampons, pads, liners, cups, sponges and other products used in connection with menstruation.” These … Continue reading

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I Support @ProfKFranke, Free Speech and Democracy

From today’s New York Times, this story about Columbia Law professor (and longtime FLP blogroll member) Katherine Franke who was detained for 14 hours at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and then deported from Israel: Franke told [Roger Cohen of … Continue reading

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Campbell on “Women, Poverty, Equality The Role of CEDAW”

Meghan Campbell (University of Birmingham [U.K.]) has a new book published by Hart Publishing called Women, Poverty and Equality: The Role of CEDAW. Here is the publisher’s description: The stark reality is that throughout the world, women disproportionately live in … Continue reading

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New Zealand Women May Get a Break on the Tampon Tax

From the (New Zealand) Dominion Post, this article about a government-appointed appointed working group that will look at the country’s goods and services tax (akin to the sales tax imposed in the U.S.): [F]inance Minister Grant Robertson said the panel … Continue reading

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Shayara Bano v. Union of India: A Watershed Moment in the Battle for Women’s Rights in India

The following is a guest post by Malcolm Katrak. Mr. Katrak is a Law Clerk to Justice (Retd.) S. N. Variava, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India. In the past, he has worked with Mr. Darius Khambata, Former Vice-President, London … Continue reading

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CFP Feminist Judgments Project India, @FJP_India

From colleagues at Jindal Global Law School in India, this Call for Participation: The Feminist Judgment Project India imagines the possibilities of collaborative writing of alternate judgments for several Indian cases across a broad range of legal issues having a … Continue reading

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Israeli Supreme Court Cites Feminist Law Profs in Opinion on Surrogacy

The Israel Supreme Court has cited three feminist law profs in an important decision (here — in Hebrew) regarding the constitutional right to enter into surrogacy agreements under Israeli law.  The scholars cited (in English) are: Gaia Bernstein (Seton Hall), … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Vasujith Ram on Taxes on Sanitary Napkins in India

The Constitution of India was recently amended to introduce the ‘Goods and Services Tax’ (GST). The GST subsumes almost all the existing indirect taxes in India (such as Excise Duty and Service Tax, levied and collected by the Federal Government, … Continue reading

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New Book Announcements: Constitutions and Gender

Constitutions and Gender, a new book edited by Helen Irving (University of Sydney) has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing. Here is the publisher’s description: The idea that constitutions are gendered is not new, but its recognition is the product … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Experiment with Free Tampons

Good news out of Scotland, via the Huffington Post: Scotland has made another great announcement for women’s health: the government will run a pilot program to provide low-income women with free menstrual products. The initiative, announced Tuesday , will run … Continue reading

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Kalantry on the French Veil Ban: A Transnational Legal Feminist Approach

Sital Kalantry, Cornell University Law School, is publishing The French Veil Ban: A Transnational Legal Feminist Approach in volume 46 of the University of Baltimore Law Review (2017). Here is the abstract. After the gruesome terrorist attack that killed eighty-four … Continue reading

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Gender Inequality Continues: Japanese Princess Will Lose Her Status When She Marries Commoner

Japan’s Princess Mako will lose her status as royalty when she marries her fiance, Kei Komuro. Her aunt also lost her royal status when she married a non-royal twelve years ago. More here from the BBC.  More recently, another princess … Continue reading

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Monash Feminists Now Online

From Australian colleagues at Monash: We’re very excited to announce that the Feminist Legal Studies Group at Monash University in Australia now has a webpage. Our blog on that page is coming soon. You can follow us on Twitter at … Continue reading

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Announcing Publication of “Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments”

Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges’ Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity has been published by Hart Publishing.  The volume is edited by Máiréad Enright, Julie McCandless and Aoife O’Donoghue.  Here is the publisher’s description of the book: The Northern/Irish Feminist … Continue reading

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Now Also In the Name of the Mother

Italy’s constitutional court has ruled that parents may opt to give their children either the mother or the father’s surname, or both. The practice of automatically giving a child the father’s surname is a violation of the mother’s rights.  The … Continue reading

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Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/ Revue Femmes et Droit: Issue on Missing and Murdered Women Indigenous Women Conference/Symposium sur Meurtres et disparitions de femmes et de filles autochotones

Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/Revue Femmes et Droit Volume 28, Issue 2, August 2016 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Conference / Symposium sur Meurtres et disparitions de femmes et de filles autochotones   CJWL online – http://bit.ly/cjwl282 Project … Continue reading

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Craig on the Failure To Interpret and Apply Canada’s Rape Shield Provision Properly

Elaine Craig, Dalhousie University School of Law, is publishing Section 276 Misconstrued: The Failure to Properly Interpret and Apply Canada’s Rape Shield Provisions in the Canadian Bar Review. Here is the abstract. Despite the vintage of Canada’s rape shield provisions … Continue reading

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MacLean, Verrelli, and Chambers on the Battered Woman Defense and the Canadian Supreme Court’s Ruling in R. v. Ryan

Jason MacLean, Lakehead University Faculty of Law, Nadia Verrelli, Laurentian University, and Lori Chambers, Lakehead University, are publishing Battered Women Under Duress: The Supreme Court of Canada’s Abandonment of Context and Purpose in R. v. Ryan in volume 28 of … Continue reading

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Lisa Pruitt’s Impact on Major Genocide Conviction

The work of Lisa Pruitt (UC Davis) is the subject of this story in the Sacramento Bee about the importance of Professor Pruitt’s work to securing a genocide convinction against Rwandan mayor Jean-Paul Akayesu: Pruitt moved to London in her … Continue reading

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Craig & Woolley on Rape & Consent In Canadian Law

Elaine Craig, Assistant Professor of Law at Dalhousie University, and Alice Woolley, Professor of Law, University of Calgary, have contributed this important piece to the Globe and Mail. They analyze a recent Alberta Court of Appeal holding that rejects the … Continue reading

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Group Culture and Sexual Harassment In the Workplace

Marie McGregor, University of South Africa, has published Justifying Sexual Harassment Based on Culture? Never, Never, Never at 78 Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 121 (2015). Here is the abstract. This note focuses on UASA obo Zulu and Transnet Pipelines … Continue reading

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The Gendered Nature of Canada’s Witchcraft Law

Here’s an interesting piece on Canadian witchcraft law. Natasha Bakht, University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, and Jordan Palmer, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, have published Modern Law, Modern Hammers: Canada’s Witchcraft Provision as an Image of Persecution at … Continue reading

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Secular Governments, Religious Courts, and Women’s Rights in Canada, the UK, and the US

Marie Ashe, Suffolk University Law School, and Anissa Helie, John Jay College of Criminal Jsutice, have published Realities of Religio-Legalism: Religious Courts and Women’s Rights in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States at 20 U. Cal.-Davis J. International … Continue reading

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The Battered Woman Syndrome In Canadian Criminal Law

Elizabeth A. Sheehy, University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, has published Defending Battered Women on Trial, at Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons From the Transcripts 1 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014). Here is the abstract. In the landmark Lavallee decision … Continue reading

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Who Can Consent to Use of Dead Teenager’s Frozen Sperm?

I have so many basic factual questions about this story concerning the frozen sperm of an Auckland, New Zealand teenager: Promising young film-maker Cameron Duncan banked sperm at age 15 before starting chemotherapy in 2002 for bone cancer in his … Continue reading

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A Swedish Perspective on Surrogacy and Commerce in Women’s Bodies

The Swedish Women’s Lobby makes its views on surrogacy known in Surrogacy: A Global Trade in Women’s Bodies, over at mercatonet.com.  Here is an excerpt: The Swedish Women’s Lobby strongly opposes surrogate motherhood. Our position is that surrogacy is a … Continue reading

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#BringBackOurDaughters, #BringBackOurGirls

#BringBackOurDaughters, #BringBackOurGirls The kidnapped girls of Chibok are on my mind. On April 15, 2014, armed men kidnapped well over two hundred Nigerian schoolgirls (estimates range up 276) from their school. The kidnapping occurred at the Government Girls Secondary School, … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: “Gender and Violence in Haiti”

Rutgers University Press has published a new book by Benedetta Faedi Duramy (Golden Gate).  Here is the publisher’s description of Gender and Violence in Haiti: Women’s Path from Victims to Agents: Women in Haiti are frequent victims of sexual violence … Continue reading

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French in an Uproar about Judith Butler’s Gender Theories

From the Boston Globe: On Feb. 2, Paris once again became a vast political stage. One hundred thousand demonstrators had gathered, galvanized by a danger looming over the Republic. The threat was not, as in times past, fascism or Nazism, … Continue reading

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CFP: Transnational Queer Activism

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Transnational Queer Activism Janice Irvine and Jill Irvine, eds. This call for papers seeks contributions to an edited volume on transnational queer and LGBT politics, movements, and activism. This volume will feature work that … Continue reading

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Helie and Ashe on “Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women”

Anissa Helie (CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Marie Ashe (Suffolk) have posted to SSRN their article Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women: Looking Through the Issue of ‘The Veil’, 19 UC Davis J. of Int’l L. & … Continue reading

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Israel Faces a New Front of Segregation

Two female soldiers were recently punished because one was braiding the other’s hair outside of the tent. A religious soldier complained that this was an immodest behavior, and the two were disciplined. The public uproar made the military reverse their … Continue reading

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All-woman team from Ethiopia looks to compete in Jessup moot competition

Here’s an excerpt from a message Diane Marie Amann has posted over  on IntLawGrrls: “For the 1st time in history, a team made up solely of women will represent Ethiopia in the final rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court … Continue reading

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg headlines Thomas Jefferson Law School Women and Law Conference

Last Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the 13th Annual Women and Law Conference at Thomas Jefferson Law School. A packed house listened as panelists discussed a variety of issues relating to women in the judiciary, and the highlight … Continue reading

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“Why it is important to integrate human rights into international policy-making”

From Equality Now: The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has just returned from a business trip to Britain, where she met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.  In Liberia, more than 58% of women … Continue reading

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African Probate & Prolicy Initiative at U Miami School of Law

The ABA Journal reported here on the University of Miami School of Law’s new African Probate & Policy Initiative.  Here’s an excerpt: If a Tanzanian man dies without a will, his property goes to his family of origin. If he … Continue reading

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“Women in China Face Rising University Entry Barriers”

Some of the parallels with the United States are stunning. This NYT article provides an overview of “a growing trend in Chinese universities in which women increasingly must score higher than men to get in and face unofficial but widespread … Continue reading

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“IKEA Regrets Women Erased From Saudi Catalog”

Compare the annual IKEA catalogs disbursed around the world and they are nearly identical, save for a slight difference. The difference is not in the Swedish translations of the furniture or the mock layouts of the numerous living rooms in … Continue reading

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Yxta Maya Murray on “Anglo-American Radical Feminism’s Constitutionalism in the Streets”

Yxta Maya Murray has posted to SSRN her article ‘Creating New Categories’: Anglo-American Radical Feminism’s Constitutionalism in the Streets, 9 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 454 (2012).  Here is the abstract: In 1968 and 1970, U.S. and British radical feminists … Continue reading

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Iranian Women Now Barred From Numerous College Majors Including Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Computer Science, English Literature, Archaeology and Business.

From the BBC News: More than 30 universities have introduced new rules banning female students from almost 80 different degree courses. These include a bewildering variety of subjects from engineering, nuclear physics and computer science, to English literature, archaeology and … Continue reading

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The Price of Sex: Film-maker risks life by going undercover to expose global trade in sex slaves

The official website for The Price of Sex is here. It provides this summary: The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing … Continue reading

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The ILS Law College, Pune, India is pleased to host the inaugural International Conference on Feminism and the Law: Revisiting the Past, Rethinking the Present and Thinking the Way Forward from February 10-12, 2012.

Details here!

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The Conditions for Women in Chinese Prisons May Be Improving

At least according to this NYT article. There is also some comparative information including the claim that women are not shackled during childbirth in Chinese prisons, and this: In the United States and in China, women now account for about … Continue reading

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Gender, Religion and Military Service in Israel

If this topic is of interest, read “What Happens When the Two Israels Meet,” an Op-Ed by Shani Boianjiu in the NYT.

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CFP: International Review of Law Special Issue on Domestic Violence

From the FLP mailbox: CALL FOR PAPERS The International Review of Law Journal is seeking articles for a special issue on domestic violence to be published in Spring 2013. Our goal is to showcase practical and theoretical accomplishments and challenges … Continue reading

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Corcos on “The Shift to Equal Rights of Succession to Thrones and Titles in the Modern European Constitutional Monarchy”

Christine Corcos (LSU) has posted to SSRN an abstract of her article forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review.  Here it is: On October 27, 2011, the heads of the British Commonwealth member states agreed to remove barriers to the … Continue reading

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CFP: IMPRINTS Virtual Journal of the International Models Project on Women’s Rights

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: The International Models Project on Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) is an initiative of the ABA Section of International Law and our goal is to establish a global, collaborative research database on women’s rights under law. … Continue reading

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American Journalist Sexually Assaulted by Egyptian Gov’t Forces

Author and activist Mona Eltahawy is back in New York after being arrested, detained and sexually assaulted by members of the Egyptian Interior Ministry last week. Read her Twitter account of the incident here.  Her left arm and right hand were … Continue reading

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