Monday, March 05, 2007

Feminist Legal Theory Resources

Since this week marks International Women's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to draw attention to some feminist legal resources out there on the Web and in Blogland.

There are some notable blawgs devoted to feminist legal approachs:

  • Feminist Law Professors: "The overarching goal of this blog is to build a stronger feminist law prof community across scholarly subject areas. Toward this end the blog: 1. Lists law professors (by law school) who self-identify as feminists, and provides links to their professional or personal web pages (or wherever is preferred by the listee) - see blogroll in the righthand column. 2. Announces CFPs and conferences likely to be of interest to feminist law profs. 3. Highlights the publication of books and articles authored by feminist law profs, or that feminist law profs may find of interest. This blog is an effort to build a stronger community of feminist law professors across geography, law schools, and scholarly subject areas. Every feminist law professor is a unique individual, and nothing about her life, views or work should be presumed from her presence in the blogroll, other than that she considers herself a feminist."
  • IntLawGrrls is of very recent vintage. It soft launched in February of this year and was officially inaugurated March 3rd, Girl's Day in Japan: "IntLawGrrls joins a world where cultures, ideas, and markets commingle, where humanity reveals both its best promise and its worst underside. It is a world where women act, as prime ministers or ministers of state (Angela Merkel and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Condoleezza Rice and Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, to name a very few), as lawmakers (Nancy Pelosi), as judges (Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Beverley McLachlin, Rosalyn Higgins and Françoise Tulkens), and as advocates, in international organizations (Louise Arbour and Margaret Chan) and in society at large (Shirin Ebadi and Wangari Muta Maathai, Rigoberta Menchú and Aung San Suu Kyi). It is our hope through IntLawGrrls to strengthen our voices as we continue to teach and work in international law, policy, practice."

To find material about what North American law professors and law faculties are doing in the area of feminism and the law, try some new search tools:

  • Cornell Law Library Legal Research Engine: this is a custom search engine for authoritative legal research guides from approximately twenty academic and government websites in the United States. Try queries such as "feminist legal theory", "feminist legal studies", "women and the law" or "gender and the law"
  • Canadian Law School Websites: over the weekend, I created a custom search engine that searches the websites of Canadian law schools. Try the same queries as in the previous item - "feminist legal theory", "feminist legal studies", "women and the law" or "gender and the law"

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