Feminist Judgments (secondary literature)

Here’ s the followup to my last post on this topic, a bibliography of work about Feminist Judgments and then a second list, a bit of a grab bag of work considering the general topic, not directly. Please put additions in the comments if you can, or email me (sonia DOT Lawrence at osgoodeDOT yorku dot ca.

I. About Feminist Judgments Projects, Directly


Hunter, Rosemary, Clare McGlynn & Erika Rackley, eds. Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice (Oxford ; Portland, Or: Hart Publishing, 2010).

Douglas, Heather et al. Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014).


Auchmuty, Rosemary. “Using feminist judgments in the property law classroom” (2012) 46:3 The Law Teacher 227.

Blizzard, Thadd A. “Gender and Judging” (2014) 25 Hastings Women’s LJ 267. [review]

Cobb, Neil. “Re-Reading Criminal Law through a Feminist Lens: R v Stone and Dobinson” (2010) 2010 Inter Alia 80. [student judgment/England]

Davies, Margaret. “Feminism and the Idea of Law” (2011) 1:1 feminists@law, online: <http://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/feministsatlaw/article/view/9>.

Davies, Margaret. “The Law Becomes Us: Rediscovering Judgment” (2012) 20:2 Fem Leg Stud 167.

Drakopoulou, Maria. “Revisiting Feminist Jurisprudence: A Rehabilitation” (2013) 3:2 feminists@law, online: <https://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/feministsatlaw/article/view/90>.

Grear, Anna. “Learning legal reasoning while rejecting the oxymoronic status of feminist judicial rationalities: a view from the law classroom” (2012) 46:3 The Law Teacher 239.

Hunter, Caroline & Ben Fitzpatrick. “Feminist judging and legal theory” (2012) 46:3 The Law Teacher 255.

Hunter, Rosemary. “Can Feminist Judges Make a Difference” (2008) 15 Int’l J Legal Prof 7.

Hunter, Rosemary. “The Power of Feminist Judgments?” (2012) 20:2 Fem Leg Stud 135.

Hunter, Rosemary. “Introduction: feminist judgments as teaching resources” (2012) 46:3 The Law Teacher 214.

Hunter, Rosemary. “Contesting the Dominant Paradigm: Feminist Critiques of Liberal Legalism” in Margaret Davies & Vanessa Munro, eds, The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) 13.

Majury, Diana. “Introducing the Women’s Court of Canada” (2006) 18 Can J Women & L 1. [introduction to collection of judgments]

Rackley, Erika. “Why Feminist Legal Scholars Should Write Judgments: Reflections on the Feminist Judgments Project in England and Wales” (2012) 24 Can J Women & L 389.

Reaume, Denise, with Jennifer Koshan, Diana Majury, Carissima Mathen, and Megan Evans Maxwell “Rewriting Equality: The Pedagogical Use of Women’s Court of Canada Judgments”, (2010) 4 Canadian Legal Education Annual Review 121.

Samuels, Harriet. “Feminizing Human Rights Adjudication: Feminist Method and the Proportionality Principle” (2012) 21:1 Fem Leg Stud 39.


Rackley, Erika. “How feminism could improve judicial decision-making”, the Guardian, online: <http://www.theguardian.com/law/2010/nov/11/feminism-improve-judicial-decision-making>.

Your honour, we respectfully disagree,” Toronto Star, March 8, 2008 (samples from 4 WCC judgements)

Janice Kennedy, “Startling acts of well-thought uppitiness” Ottawa Citizen, March 2, 2008. Available at http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/business/story.html?id=42b64359-4031-4398-a1a5-f93006e6a4fe [incredibly bad title, possibly the worst ever]


Hunter, Rosemary. Feminist Judgments as Teaching Resources, SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 2115435 (Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, 2012).


Peters, Dianne ‘The Women’s Court of Canada’ September 11, 2011, University Affairs, accessible at: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-womens-court-of-canada/

Women’s Court hopes to end equality rights neglect,” Law Times, March 17, 2008.


Reaume, Denise. The Women’s Court of Canada: Reflections on a Radical Experiment. (Document prepared for CBA National Legal Conference 2010, Niagara Ontario).


Discussion with members of the WCC on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, March 9, 2008 (MP3 file hosted by the University of Toronto Faculty of Law).

“Women’s Court of Canada: Future Directions” (document prepared for Rewriting Equality meeting, 2008), available at http://www.law.utoronto.ca/documents/conferences/rewritingequality08_future.pdf


II.               Citing Feminist Judgments Projects OR otherwise engage with the idea of Feminist Judgments/Women Judging


Brenner, Hannah & Renee Newman Knake. “Rethinking Gender Equality in the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power: A Study on Media Coverage of Supreme Court Nominees (Phase I, the Introduction Week)” (2011) 84 Temp L Rev 325.

Chan, Elizabeth. “Women Trailblazers in the Law: The New Zealand Women Judges Oral Histories Project” (2014) 45 Victoria U Wellington L Rev 407.

Cook, Beverly Blair. “Moral Authority and Gender Difference: Georgia Bullock and the Los Angeles Women’s Court” (1993) 77 Judicature 144.

Degeling, Simone & Mehera San Roque. “Unjust Enrichment: A Feminist Critique of Enrichment” (2014) 36 Sydney L Rev 69.

Dixon, Rosalind. “Female Justices, Feminism, and the Politics of Judicial Appointment: A Re-Examination” (2009) 21 Yale JL & Feminism 297.

Glasbeek, Amanda. “Maternalism Meets the Criminal Law: The Case of the Toronto Women’s Court” (1998) 10 Can J Women & L 480.

Hunter, Rosemary C. “Gender in Evidence: Masculine Norms vs. Feminist Reforms” (1996) 19 Harv Women’s LJ 127.

Laster, Kathy & Roger Douglas. “Feminized Justice: The Impact of Women Decision Makers in the Lower Courts in Australia” (1995) 12 Just Q 177.

Mack, Kathy & Sharyn Roach Anleu. “In-Court Judicial Behaviors, Gender and Legitimacy” (2012) 21 Griffith L Rev 728.

Martin, Elaine. “Representative Role of Women Judges, The” (1993) 77 Judicature 166.

Melville, Angela L. Evaluating Judicial Performance and Addressing Gender Bias, SSRN Scholarly Paper ID 2533912 (Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, 2014).


Millns, Susan & Charlotte Skeet. “Gender Equality and Legal Mobilization in the United Kingdom: Using Rights for Lobbying, Litigation, Defense, and Attack” (2013) 28 Can JL & Soc 169.


Pisconti, Rossella. “Juridical Rape & Courtroom Lack of Belief: A Wittgensteinian View on Consent” (2013) 1 Birkbeck L Rev 339.


Resnik, Judith. “On the Bias: Feminist Reconsiderations of the Aspirations for Our Judges” (1987) 61 S Cal L Rev 1877.

Roberts, Heather. “Swearing Mary: The Significance of the Speeches Made at Mary Gaudron’s Swearing-in as a Justice of High Court of Australia” (2012) 34 Sydney L Rev 493.

Rush, Sharon Elizabeth. “Feminist Judging: An Introductory Essay” (1992) 2 S Cal Rev L & Women’s Stud 609.

Schiller, Ethel E. “Specialized Women’s Courts, The” (1936) 23 Women Law J 7.

Solimine, Michael E & Susan E Wheatley. “Rethinking Feminist Judging” (1994) 70 Ind LJ 891.


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