The next Gender, Sexuality and Law research seminar at Northumbria University will be taking place on the 17th February, in City Campus East, room 221, from 2.3.30pm.
The GSL Research Interest Group is part of the Faculty Law and Society Research Group.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Aoife O’Donoghue from Durham Law School will be taking the seminar, presenting some of her work from the Feminist Judgement Project. 
 
Abstract:
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 has 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). 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 which typically bind judges, while demonstrating that it is possible to decide even very difficult cases in ways which 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.
Biography:
Aoife has worked at Durham Law School since 2007. Previously, she was a lecturer in the Law Department at NUI, Galway, Ireland. She holds degrees from the University of Groningen (PhD), City University, London (LLM) and University College Cork (Bcl International) with a year studying at St. Louis University, Missouri. Aoife’s research focuses on public international law with a specific interest in global governance. Aoife’s current research centres on global constitutionalisation and the legal structures which have developed within international law to regulate governance including courts and interntional organisations. She has published a number of articles on global constitutionalisation, constitutionalism, good offices, neutrality as well as the role of law in conflict. Building on her international law focus, Aoife research expores the relationship between feminism and international law. As part of this research, with Máiréad Enright of Kent Law School and Julie McCandless of LSE, Aoife is Co-Director of the Irish Feminist Judgments Project. The project builds on the Feminist Judgments Project, which was also a collaboration between academics at Kent and Durham. Aoife was one of the founding contributors to humanrights.ie and regularly contributes articles on her research relating to current developments in international law. Aoife has also been a Visiting Scholar at the PluriCourts Centre at the University of Oslo, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge, the British Institute for International and Comparative Law and the Law Faculty of Universtiy College Cork. Aoife is also a member of the International Law Association’s working group on due diligence.
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