Troubling Judgment: The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project

30 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2016

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Julie McCandless

London School of Economics - Law Department

Máiréad Enright

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School

Aoife O'Donoghue

Durham Law School

Date Written: November 11, 2016

Abstract

This paper introduces the scope and methodology of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project. This Project inaugurates a fresh dialogue on gender, legal judgment, judicial power and national identity in Ireland and Northern Ireland, by engaging in a collective process of writing ‘missing’ feminist judgments in a series of legal cases that have been significant in shaping Irish and Northern Irish law. Through this process of judicial re-imagining, the project has taken into account peculiarly Northern/Irish concerns in investigating how gender is shaped through judicial practices and how the Northern/Irish judiciaries have contributed to the construction of a gendered national identity across the island since the founding of the two jurisdictions almost a century ago. In considering how themes of gender and national identity have cross-cut women’s experiences and activism in both jurisdictions, our project – following on from feminist judgments projects in other common law jurisdictions such as Canada, England, Australia and most recently, the USA – takes the feminist judging methodology in important and challenging new directions.

Suggested Citation

McCandless, Julie and Enright, Mairead and O'Donoghue, Aoife, Troubling Judgment: The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project (November 11, 2016). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 16/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2868075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2868075

Julie McCandless (Contact Author)

London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )

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Mairead Enright

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School ( email )

Edgbaston
Birmingham, AL B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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Aoife O'Donoghue

Durham Law School ( email )

Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham, County Durham DH1 3ET
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/staff/?id=5868

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