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Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re)creating the law from the outside

Sunday, Nov 17 2019
16:30 - 17:30
Sharon Cowan, Becky Kaufmann, Chloë Kennedy, Vanessa Munro and Jay Whittaker
location: Assembly Roxy

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How might important legal cases have been decided differently if the judge had adopted a feminist perspective?

Join Sharon Cowan, Becky Kaufmann, Chloë Kennedy, Vanessa Munro and Jay Whittaker to discuss our book Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re)Creating the Law from the Outside In, which imagines how important legal cases might have been decided differently if the judge had adopted a feminist perspective.

As part of a global series of feminist judgments projects, the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project is the first to bring together legal academics, practising lawyers, judges, artistic contributors and representatives from the third sector, in a truly interdisciplinary effort to think about how laws can be made and applied in a more gender equitable way.

Sharon, Chloë and Vanessa (editors of the book and co-ordinators of the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project) will start the session by introducing the book and sharing extracts of selected feminist judgments within it. Following this, Jay will read the poems she wrote in response to one of the cases featured in the book, and reflect on her experience as one of the project’s creative collaborators. Becky Kaufmann, who wrote a commentary on one of the feminist judgments, will then share her views on the project’s potential impact and legacy. The session will close with an opportunity for audience questions and discussion.


Sharon Cowan is the Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies at Edinburgh University. She has published widely in areas relating to: law, genders and sexualities; asylum and refugee studies; critical pedagogy; law and popular culture; and criminal law, particularly focusing on legal responses to sexual violence.

Becky Kaufmann is the Justice Policy Officer for Scottish Trans Alliance. She has worked in the justice sector for more than 25 years. Her work focuses on engagement with justice practitioners to promote human rights and equality for trans people whether they are victims, witnesses or accused of crimes.

Chloë Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Edinburgh. Her research is interdisciplinary, historically-informed and often centres on criminal law, law and religion and law and gender. She is currently researching and writing a critical history of identity deception.

Vanessa Munro, a graduate of Glasgow University, is Professor of Law at the University of Warwick. She has published extensively on feminist legal and political theory, with a particular interest in the law’s regulation of women’s agency and embodiment.

Jay Whittaker’s debut poetry collection Wristwatch (Cinnamon Press) was named Scottish Poetry Book of 2018 by the Saltire Society. In the poems written for this project, she created a found poem from the original judgment, juxtaposed with a response to the institutional writers and two meditations on the victim’s absence.


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