Law and Sexuality

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Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality and Democracy… From Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes

Those of you based in London are very lucky indeed.  Professor Ruthann Robson will be speaking at City University on Tuesday 26 November.  Full details below.  You can register for the event here.

Speaker: Professor Ruthann Robson – Professor of Law, City University of New York School of Law

Lene MartinHowever we dress, constitutional considerations both constrain and confirm our daily choices. In turn, our attire and appearance provide multilayered perspectives on constitutionalism, historically and as presently practiced.

Our garments can raise issues of free expression or religion, but they also prompt questions of equality on the basis of gender, race, and sexuality. At work, in court, in schools, in prisons, and on the streets, our clothes and grooming continue to provoke constitutional controversies. Additionally, the production, trade, and consumption of apparel implicate constitutional concerns including sumptuary laws, slavery, wage and hour laws, and current notions of free trade.

While the regulation of what we wear – or don’t – is ubiquitous if often implicit,  we should consider whether governmental and private authority over our clothes and appearance is ultimately consistent with democracy.


  • 6.00pm Registration
  • 6.30pm Lecture begins
  • 7.30pm Refreshments

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This entry was posted on November 12, 2013 by in Uncategorized.

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