Law School academics establish new Scottish Feminist Judgments Project

Professor Sharon Cowan and Dr Chloe Kennedy helping to co-ordinate new project

In conjunction with Professor Vanessa Munro from the University of Warwick, Edinburgh Law School's Professor Sharon Cowan and Dr Chloe Kennedy have set up a new project designed to explore Scottish feminist judgments.

In recent years, a number of jurisdictionally-specific ‘feminist judgment’ projects have been produced. These have created a space for re-imagining the processes and outcomes of judging in key cases from feminist perspectives. Projects have been undertaken in Canada, England and Wales, Northern/Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, where ‘missing’ feminist judgments have been written, using the precedents and principles available at the time of the original case. These projects have developed edited collections of the ‘missing’ feminist judgments, alongside commentaries by subject experts, providing a powerful teaching resource and sparking dialogue between academics and legal practitioners.

The Scottish Feminist Judgments Project is an exciting new addition to this growing body work. With contributions from academics and legal practitioners, judges, artists, and representatives from the third sector, the Project engages critically with a number of key Scots law decisions to show how, through applying feminist perspectives, the outcome or reasoning of the case could have been different.

You can find out more by visiting the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project website or following @ScottishFemJP on Twitter