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Feminism, Law and Gender (FLAG)

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):

  • gender, sexuality & criminal law
  • first women lawyers
  • online violence against women
  • women’s rights (including in post-conflict situations)
  • coercive control & criminal law
  • prisons, identity and law
  • civil weddings and the cost of marrying

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

Cluster members


Olga Jurasz gave evidence to the CEDAW People’s Tribunal, advocating for incorporation of the UN Convention on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women into the UK’s domestic legislation.

Kim Barker and Olga Jurasz presented their paper ‘Online violence against women: Recognising Democratic Harms & Participatory Exclusion?’ at the Suffrage Now: International Conference on Gender and Democracy organised by the Stockholm University (13 August 2021).

Dr Caroline Derry’s book, Lesbianism and the Criminal Law: Three Centuries of Legal Regulation in England and Wales (2020, Palgrave) was officially launched in October 2020. Dr Caroline Derry appeared in conversation with Professor Rosemary Auchmuty (University of Reading), in an event hosted by OU Law School. The lively discussion and conversation shed light on an important area of legal history and offered some fascinating insights!

A Feminism Gender & Law Cluster Launch event is being planned for early 2021 – details to follow soon!

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).

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?

Recent publications 

  • Kim Barker & Olga Jurasz, ‘Text-based (Sexual) Abuse and Online Violence Against Women: Toward Law Reform?’ in: J Bailey, A Flynn, N Henry (eds) The Emerald Handbook of Technology-facilitated Violence and Abuse (Emerald, 2021).
  • Kim Barker & Olga Jurasz, ‘Sexual Violence in the Digital Age: A Criminal Law Conundrum?’ (2021) 22(5) German Law Journal 784-799.
  • Kim Barker & Olga Jurasz, ‘Online misogyny as a hate crime: #TimesUp’ in I Zempi and J Smith (eds) Misogyny as Hate Crime (Routledge 2021).
  • Kim Barker & Olga Jurasz, 'Online violence against women as an obstacle to gender equality: a critical view from Europe' European Equality Law Review 2020(1) 47-60.
  • Caroline Derry (2020) Lesbianism and the Criminal Law: Three Centuries of Regulation in England and Wales. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Olga Jurasz & Natalia Szablewska, ‘Towards transformative gender equality: the importance of addressing economic violence against women in Cambodia’ in: M J Gámez Fuentes, S Núnez Puente, E Gómez Nicolau (eds) Re-writing women as victims: from theory to practice (Routledge 2020)
  • Louise Taylor and Lucy Justice, ‘Autobiographical Memory Misconceptions and the Police Investigative Response to Rape Complaints’ (2019) 10 Criminal Law Review 827-840.
  • Lloyd Bright, Keren (2020). ‘Gender identity and prisons in England and Wales. The development of rights and rules; checks and balances’.  In: Claydon, Lisa and Derry, Caroline eds. Law, Justice and the Open University 1969-2019. Routledge, (In Press).

PhD supervision

  • Coercive control
  • Criminal law
  • Gender and the legal profession
  • Gender, sexuality and law
  • Gender-based violence and the law
  • Legal history
  • Online violence against women 
  • Women’s rights 
  • Women's rights and COVID-19