This cluster provides an intellectual and collaborative space for academics, visiting researchers and PhD students interested in gender-focused and feminist analysis of the law.
The cluster brings together an array of expertise as well as cutting-edge and impactful research on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to):
Members of the cluster are pursuing a range of projects, collaborative research, and public engagement activities in the areas of their expertise.
The cluster is led by Dr Olga Jurasz. If you are interested in joining the FGL cluster, please contact us.
Kim Barker and Olga Jurasz contributed an evidence submission on COVID-19 and violence against women to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, Dr Dubravka Šimonović (June 2020).
Steph Pywell’s first article discussing her findings about marriage celebrancy, ‘The day of their dreams: celebrant-led wedding celebration ceremonies’, has been published in June’s Child and Family Law Quarterly (CFLQ). Her second article on the same topic, ‘Beyond beliefs: a proposal to give couples in England and Wales a real choice of marriage officiants’, has been accepted for publication in the September issue of CFLQ. This outlines a potential legal framework that could enable independent celebrants, and those affiliated to belief organisations, to conduct legally binding marriage ceremonies. At present, couples in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Jersey can be married by celebrants but the choice for couples in England and Wales is still between registrars and religious officiants. Steph hopes that her proposals will be incorporated into the Law Commission’s forthcoming consultation document on its Weddings project, and that they may contribute to a change in the law.
Louise Taylor presented a paper on Autobiographical Memory Misconceptions and the Police Investigative Response to Rape Complaints at the OU Centre for Policing Research and Learning online research event on the 14th of May 2020.
Kim Barker and Olga Jurasz critique Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill 2020 in a recent blog post Scots Hate Crime Bill: A Missed (Gender) Opportunity?