The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project brought together a collective of academics and practitioners to write the “missing feminist judgments” in appellate cases which have shaped Irish and Northern Irish law. Beginning in 2014, we held a series of events, to support and publicise the work of the Project. We held four ‘Drafting Workshops’ at which our Judges presented versions of their “missing judgments” for discussion and feedback. To accompany the Workshops, we curated a series of interdisciplinary panels, which facilitated broader reflection on aspects of gender, identity and the law in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
We are pleased to announce that our book will be published in January 2017. The book is available for pre-order here and a table of contents is available here. Pre-publication versions of some of the book’s contents are available online:
- Julie McCandless’ judgment in A and B (by C, their mother and next friend) v A (Health and Social Services Trust)
- Ruth Fletcher’s judgment in the X case
- Fiona de Londras’ judgment in Zappone and Gilligan v Revenue Commissioners
- Mairead Enright’s judgment in McGee v AG
- Liam Thornton’s judgment in MhicMathúna v Ireland.
- Vicky Conway’s report on the Kerry Babies case.
Events and Outreach
In March, the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster hosted a discussion on the project which featured contributions from the first women judges of the Northern Irish High Court; Mrs. Justice Keegan and Madam Justice McBride. The project has also featured at events including Law, Revolution and Sovereignty at NUIG (a video of Mairead Enright’s talk is here), the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Seminar at Northumbria University and ‘Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution‘ in Belfast. Aoife O’Donoghue spoke about the project onNearFM. At DCU, students participating in the Aoife King Internal Moot drew on lessons from the feminist judgments project. We also featured in the University Observer.
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The project website is at www.feministjudging.ie or you can follow us @irishfjp on twitter.