The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Professor of Law
Kent Law School
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Rosemary joined Kent Law School in September 2006, having previously taught at the University of Melbourne (1990-1997) and Griffith University (2000-2006) in Australia. During 1998-99. She worked as a Principal Researcher for the Justice Research Centre, part of the then Law Foundation of NSW. At Griffith she was Director of the Law School's Socio-Legal Research Centre (2000-2002) and then Dean (2003-2004).
Rosemary's major area of research interest is in feminist legal scholarship. Within that, she has done work in family law, access to justice, domestic violence, women's employment (including women in the legal profession and women judges), anti-discrimination law, and dispute resolution. She is particularly interested in the interface between law and society, and people's encounters with the legal system. Much of her recent work has taken an empirical approach, or has sought to build feminist legal theory from empirical data.
Major research project
Rosemary's current major research project is the Feminist Judgments Project, which is a unique, imaginative collaboration in which a group of feminist socio-legal scholars have written alternative feminist judgments in significant legal cases. The project was funded by the ESRC. Further information can be found on the project website. She is also looking more generally at the practice of feminist judging.
Rosemary is also working on Mapping Paths to Family Justice, a 3 year project that will investigate three different forms of out-of-court family dispute resolution: solicitor negotiations, mediation and collaborative law. The project seeks to provide an evidence base to inform future decisions by policy-makers, funders, practitioners and disputing couples. It will focus on how widely each process is actually used and how embedded it has become in the public mind as a means of resolving family disputes; how positive or negative people’s experiences of the different processes have been in the short and longer term; what norms of family dispute resolution are embedded in the different alternatives; and whether particular alternatives are more or less appropriate for particular kinds of cases or parties.
Findings will be disseminated through the project website, an end-of-project conference, and a range of published material.
Access the project website here.
Other recent projects include a study on fact-finding hearings in family law cases involving allegations of domestic violence, undertaken for the Family Justice Council.
Some examples of Rosemary's media appearances are here.back to top
- Family and the Law (LW505)
- Law in Action (LW608)
Rosemary is happy to supervise research students in the areas of family law (including family dispute resolution), access to justice, domestic violence, gender issues in the legal profession or in judging and empirical legal and/or law and society research more broadly.back to top
- feminists@law - Founding Editor
- Onati International Series in the Sociology of Law - General Editor
- Feminist Legal Studies - Member of Editorial board
- International Journal of Discrimination and the Law - Member of Editorial Board
- Law, Culture and the Humanities - Member of Editorial Advisory Board
- Australian Feminist Law Journal - Member of Advisory Board
- Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts – Member of Editorial Board
- Socio-Legal Studies Association - Member of Executive Committee
- Research Committee on Sociology of Law
- International Network for Law and Feminist Theory
- Law and Society Association
- International Sociological Association
- Society of Legal Scholars
feminists@law is a new, online, open access journal of feminist legal scholarship. Visit the website here.
Rosemary is also a member of the Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Kent. For information on Centre activities, please see here.back to top