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Gender, law and justice

Genre, droit et justice

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Eléonore Lépinard, Marta Roca Escoda
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2016 -> 2016

No timetable defined.


Autumn semester
6 hours per week
84 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


This class aims at studying the various ways in which gender shapes the politics of rights, and, reciprocally, how judicial institutions and the language of rights contribute to reproduce and/or transform gender relations in various national and transnational contexts. We will explore these issues focusing on topics such as the international criminalization of rape in war time, gay mariage, the judicial regulation of sexuality and international conventions on women's rights. For each topic, we will focus both on how social movements contributed to the judicialisation of their cause, and how judicial institutions (such as national and international Courts) have transformed these causes. We will use comparative case studies focusing on countries such as Switzerland, Belgium, France or Canada. The pedagogical format of this class is twofold : first we will promote group discussion on the literature in the field of the sociology of law and gender, second we will use interactive formats (empirical observations, simulations, presentations from practionners) to ground the theory in empirical cases.

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