InterLaw Diversity Forum Feminist Judgments EventInterLaw Diversity Forum organised a seminar on 'Feminist Judgments: How Women Can, and Do, Shape the Law' at city law firm Norton Rose on 13 October 2011. The event included a welcome by InterLaw Diversity Forum co-chair Laura Hodgson, a presentation by Lady Hale on 'Why do we need feminist judgments?', an introduction to the Feminist Judgments Project by Rosemary Hunter, and discussions of their feminist judgments by Rosemary Auchmuty (Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge (No 2)), Rosie Harding (Wilkinson v Kitzinger) and Clare McGlynn (R v A (No 2)). After the speeches, a large and enthusiastic audience from London law, banking and accounting firms and regulators addressed questions to the panel on issues such as women's perspectives in law, impartiality versus neutrality, and judicial appointments. Closing remarks were offered by Deirdre Walker, Group Head of Disputes at Norton Rose Group. For reports of the event in The Lawyer magazine, see Feminist Judgments in the Media under the News tab.
Feminist Judgments: Next Steps
A one-day conference to reflect on the implications of the Feminist Judgments Project was held at the LSE on 9 May 2011. The conference was sponsored by the LSE Law Department. It featured a range of speakers including Professor Les Moran, Professor Anne Phillips, Vera Baird QC, Beatrix Campbell, Professor Kate Malleson, Sir Terence Etherton and Dame Laura Cox. A copy of the programme is available here. The conference also saw the launch of a set of Feminist Judgments teaching resources. The resources have been funded by UKCLE and were launched by UKCLE Director, Professor Julian Webb. They are available under the 'Teaching Resources' tab on this website.
Feminist Judgments Book Launch
Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice was launched by The Right Honourable Lady Hale DBE, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, at a well-attended event held at Matrix Chambers, Gray’s Inn, on 11 November 2010. Members of the judiciary, practitioners, women’s advocates and academic colleagues joined participants in the Feminist Judgments Project in celebrating the book’s publication. In her speech, Lady Hale addressed the question of whether it is possible to be both a judge and a feminist, and concluded that it would be a sorry world in which this was not possible. Richard Hart spoke of his pleasure in being the publisher of the book, and Rosemary Hunter thanked all those who had contributed to the project and the publication. See the Photo gallery for further photographs from the launch.
SLS Conference 2010
Members of the Feminist Judgments Project gave presentations on the project at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, held at the University of Southampton in September 2010. Judgments discussed included YL v Birmingham City Council (Caroline Hunter), Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge (No 2) (Rosemary Auchmuty), Re L (Contact and Domestic Violence) (Christine Piper), Attorney-General for Jersey v Holley (Clare Connelly), EM (Lebanon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Judy Walsh) and Porter v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (Maureen O’Sullivan).
Seminar on the Feminist Judgments Project, Dublin, July 2010
Rosemary Hunter gave a seminar on the Feminist Judgments Project in Dublin on 29 July 2010. The seminar was jointly sponsored by the Equality Studies Unit at University College Dublin and the Irish Women Lawyers’ Association, and chaired by Judy Walsh, Lecturer at UCD and a participant in the Feminist Judgments Project. The seminar was well attended and enthusiastically received by Irish academics and lawyers.
Feminist Justice? Belfast, June 2010
Clare McGlynn and Rosemary Hunter spoke at a symposium titled Feminist Justice?, hosted by the School of Law, University of Ulster, on 29 June 2010. The keynote speaker was Senator Ivana Bacik, a Senator of the Republic of Ireland, who addressed the topic of ‘Gender InJustice: Getting Women into Power’. Clare and Rosemary discussed various aspects of the Feminist Judgments Project.
SLSA Conference 2010
Members of the Feminist Judgments Project gave presentations at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference held at University of West of England, Bristol, on 31 March 2010. Judgments discussed included YL v Birmingham City Council (Caroline Hunter), Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge (No 2) (Rosemary Auchmuty)), Re L (Contact and Domestic Violence) (Christine Piper), Attorney-General for Jersey v Holley (Clare Connelly), EM (Lebanon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Judy Walsh) and Porter v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (Maureen O’Sullivan).After an introduction by Rosemary Hunter, Caroline Hunter, Morag McDermont, Linda Mulcahy, Cathy Andrews, Jo Bridgeman, Christine Piper and Anna Grear spoke about the process of writing their judgments and commentaries, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.