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Gender and the Judiciary in South Africa: A Review of the Documentary Film Courting Justice


Hannah Brenner


Michigan State University - College of Law

December 17, 2010

Yale Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 6, No. 1, WInter 2011
MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 9-01

Abstract:     
Despite an explicit constitutional commitment to address the gendered and racialized aspects of the South African judiciary, as of 2008, only eighteen percent of the judges on the South African Superior Courts were women. The documentary film Courting Justice, created by Ruth B. Cowan, features the individual and collective stories of seven of these judges. It reveals the power of the court as an instrumental agent of change in the post-apartheid era and examines how these judges fit into this framework. The film offers a profound contribution to the global study of law and gender and to an important body of work on women in the world's legal professions, a field that has not traditionally focused on South Africa as a site of exploration.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: South Africa, judiciary, judges, women, gender, apartheid, equality

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Date posted: December 19, 2010 ; Last revised: March 13, 2011

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Brenner, Hannah, Gender and the Judiciary in South Africa: A Review of the Documentary Film Courting Justice (December 17, 2010). Yale Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 6, No. 1, WInter 2011; MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 9-01. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1727596

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