Gender in Comparative Constitutional Change

Forthcoming in Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou eds., Routledge Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Change (2019)

Faculty of Laws University College London Law Research Paper No. 2/2019

27 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2019

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Silvia Suteu

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Date Written: February 1, 2019

Abstract

This chapter seeks to bridge the gap between the expanding literatures on comparative constitutional change and gender and constitutionalism. Starting from an inclusive definition of gender, the chapter maps and evaluates areas of recent intense constitutional activity in the field of gender equality and non-discrimination, as well as the formal and informal mechanisms used for bringing about reform. The chapter looks in particular at the continued fight for women’s rights, especially access to abortion and gender quotas, and to gender and sexual minority rights, in particular marriage equality and the recognition of a non-binary conception of gender. The chapter contextualises these issues and concludes that the framing of these debates will be very important, as will be the promotion of a change in societal attitudes alongside any constitutional and legislative change.

Keywords: gender, non-discrimination, women's rights, abortion, gender quotas, gender identity, sexual orientation, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, constitutional change, comparative constitutional law

Suggested Citation

Suteu, Silvia, Gender in Comparative Constitutional Change (February 1, 2019). Forthcoming in Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou eds., Routledge Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Change (2019); Faculty of Laws University College London Law Research Paper No. 2/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3344251 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3344251

Silvia Suteu (Contact Author)

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

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London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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