Update on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project.

The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project brings a new critical methodology to bear on Irish and Northern Irish legal studies. A collective of academics and practitioners will come together to write the “missing feminist judgments” in appellate cases which have shaped Irish and Northern Irish law. (Click here for details of those involved and here for details of the cases to be rewritten).

We have held two events so far: drafting workshops at the University of Ulster and at Queen’s University Belfast. At our Drafting Workshops, the academics acting as judges for the project present their draft judgments. They speak about the challenges they have encountered in re-writing the judgments in important Irish and Northern Irish cases, and about their aspirations for the re-written versions. Below are some of the podcasts we have made of their talks so far, together with links to the original judgment in each case, judges’ contact details and additional resources. Academics teaching these cases, or other students of judicial reasoning, are likely to find the discussions useful, and we welcome your feedback. The podcasts are usually about 25 mins long.

Feminist judging provides a means of re-imagining the role of the judge. It requires us to  adhere to the rules of precedent and custom that typically bind judges, while demonstrating that it is possible to decide even very difficult cases in ways that take proper account of feminist concerns. For example, a feminist judgment, in reciting the facts of the case, might provide more detail on  a woman litigant’s experience. It might take judicial notice of feminist “common knowledge”. Or it might aim to give legal meaning to feminist conceptions of equality, autonomy or selfhood.  (Click here for further discussion of the principles of feminist judging and their significance for Irish and Northern Irish legal studies.) Listening to one or two of the podcasts is one of the best ways to figure out what all of that means.

The next Drafting workshop is in UCC on February 5 and 6. The programme for the day is here. If you would like to attend, please email irishfeministjudge@gmail.com. Our final workshop will be held at UCD and Griffith College Dublin in mid April. You can follow proceedings @irishfjp.


Aoife O’Donoghue and Ruth Houghton on McGimpsey.

Catherine O’Rourke on In re White

Colin Murray on In re E (the Holy Cross case)

Eoin Daly and Deirdre McGowan on Flynn v. Power

Claire McCann on SPUC’s Application

Kathryn McNeilly and Sarah Ramshaw on Re Family Planning Assoc. of Northern Ireland

Lorna Fox-O’Mahony on NPBS v. Lynd

Olivia Smith on Stokes v. CBS Clonmel

Patrick Hanafin on Roche v. Roche

Julie McCandless on A and B v. An NHS Trust

Maebh Harding on the PKU Test case

Update on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project.

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