Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity in Northern/Irish Courts

4 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2016 Last revised: 26 Jun 2017

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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 15, 2016

Abstract

The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project is a collective of legal academics and practitioners who have written the ‘missing’ feminist judgments in a series of significant Irish and Northern Irish legal cases. By requiring participants to adhere to the rules of precedent and custom that bind practising judges, the Project has demonstrated that it is possible to reason and decide difficult legal cases in ways which take proper account of feminist concerns. Through this process of judicial re-imagining, the Project has focussed on Northern/Irish concerns in investigating how gender is shaped through judicial practices and how the Northern/Irish judiciary has contributed to the construction of gendered national identities across the island since the founding of the two jurisdictions almost a century ago. This Briefing Paper explains what we mean by feminist judging methodology before detailing the scope of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project. It then elaborates on the role of the judiciary in governmental national identity projects.

Keywords: Judging, Feminist Methodologies, Socio-Legal Methods

JEL Classification: K19, K41

Suggested Citation

McCandless, Julie and Enright, Mairead and O'Donoghue, Aoife, Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity in Northern/Irish Courts (November 15, 2016). LSE Law - Policy Briefing Paper No. 17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2870777

Julie McCandless (Contact Author)

London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Mairead Enright

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School ( email )

Edgbaston
Birmingham, AL B15 2TT
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/law/staff/profile.aspx?ReferenceId=119022

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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