Law and Sexuality

A commentary and resource on Law and Sexuality by Professor Chris Ashford and guests

Law and Sexuality

I’m in my fifth year of teaching law and sexuality at Sunderland and although it’s a subject that has become much more common at law schools over those years, there are a variety of different approaches taken – and I get the impression they are generally much more conservative, and typically much more feminist driven than my own course.

A couple of news stories in the US recently highlight how this is an area that continues to grow globally.  Rutgers Law School announced with great fanfare that they are running a class in which students are looking at LGBT rights.  Although the story emphasises it’s a small class, it is another Law School grappling with the agenda of law and sexuality.

There’s a great quote in the Rutgers press release when N.E.H. Hull, a  professor of law at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden who teaches the course says:  “It’s the civil rights issue of the 21st century and it plays into so many areas of law.”  Absolutely.

Read the full story here.

Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported that their Law School students headed down to New Orleans during their winter break to volunteer for a range of projects including one with AIDSLaw.  It’s another example of Law Schools ensuring that their students are exposed to and engage with a broader socio-legal agenda that includes aspects of sexuality.  Brilliant stuff from the Law Schools and students concerned.


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This entry was posted on February 6, 2012 by in education, Law, Law School, sexuality, USA.

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