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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Williams, Mortimer and Sunnucks: Executors, Administrators and Probate

Edited by: Alexander Learmonth, Charlotte Ford, Julia Clark, John Ross Martyn
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Legal Feminisms

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ISBN13: 9781855219274
ISBN: 1855219271
Published: November 1998
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This volume presents a collection of essays based on papers presented at a conference on women and the law. The impetus for the conference was the perception that there is insufficient collaboration between feminists in the legal academy and legal practice. In particular, it appeared that the understandings of feminist academics were not reaching a practitioner audience, and vice-versa.;The movement between theory and practice is the basis of the essays presented here. In addition to considering the relationships between theories of law and the practice of law, the papers aim to encourage a dialogue between feminist legal practitioners, activists and academics. Issues dealt with in this volume include understandings of women's situations in practice, the role and status of women lawyers and empirical research carried out with women solicitors, which is used to provide a theoretical framework and identify the means whereby the marginalization of women in the profession is effected. Other papers examine the concept of gender bias, particularly in relation to judicial education, and explore areas of law not usually under the feminist gaze. International law is considered, looking in detail at Canada, China and Finland and the more traditionally feminist legal issues of rape law and pregnancy and maternity discrimination are examined.

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Part 1 Perspectives on sex, gender and the legal profession: the gendering of the professional subject - commitment, choice and social closure in the legal profession, Hilary Sommerlad; (un)sexy bodies - the making of professional legal masculinities, Richard Collier.
Part 2 Interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives: fabled explanations of bias, Katherine O'Donovan; when mercy seasons justice - Shakespeare's woman lawyer, Ian Ward; rape law - harbouring an implicit relation between law and psychology, Fiona E. Raitt and M. Suzanne Zeedyk; the business of equality, Clare McGlynn.
Part 3 International, European and comparative perspectives: contextualizing international women's rights - Canadian feminism, race and culture, David S. Berry; women and water law - from theory to practice, Elizabeth A. Kirk and Jenny Tooze; women's law and cultural understandings of gender in Finland, Anu Pylkkanen; special protection of women's rights in China, Junping He; a place for maternity in the European Union, Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella; the construction of women in the non-consensual sterilization debate - why a feminist analysis is needed, Mary Donnelly.