Last Friday, September 14th, Durham University Law School hosted the first workshop in the Irish Feminist Judgments Project. Aoife O’Donoghue and I are directing the Project through its early stages, with the support of a wonderful collective of legal academics and practitioners based all over Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, a number of whom are also members of humanrights.ie.
The Project will bring together scholars, practitioners and activists to write ‘missing’, alternative or dissenting feminist judgments in important Irish and Northern Irish cases and to explore judgment writing in its political and historical context on the island of Ireland. The project will produce an anthology of judgments which will be of interest to scholars, students and practitioners. These will be written over the course of a series of workshops and events. The project is inspired by the original Feminist Judgments Project, which produced the book Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice.
The cases selected so far cover topics such as abortion, rape, family law, conflict in Northern Ireland, immigration, sexuality, equality law, race , and law and religion.
We will not have a public web presence for some time. However, if you are an activist, practitioner or scholar (in any discipline) with an interest in supporting or finding out more about the project, you can email irishfeministjudge[at]gmail.com for further information.