New Scholarship Review: Interview with Vanessa MacDonnell.
Neat format. Audio interview. Prof interviews Prof.
In this outing, Professor Richard Albert, Boston College Law School speaks with Professor Vanessa MacDonnell of the University of Ottawa (English common law) about her new (comparative) work on the role of government in advancing and securing constitutional rights. The abstract of the paper (forthcoming in the UTLJ), is available on SSRN here. I am teaching constitutional law at the moment and am consider how this might enrich the introduction to the Charter materials (next semester) and encourage students to think more broadly about the roles the state plays beyond violator-of-rights. Not to mention the ways it may affect my own thinking as an “equality advocate”.
Find Ruthann Robson’s review of (Albany Law Dean) Penelope Andrews’ “From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights” on Jotwell, here.
At its most hopeful, Andrews’ book presents the struggle for equality in South Africa as it was mounted against the Apartheid state, resulting in a new constitutional regime devoted to transformative law and politics. Andrews attributes the fact that this transformation included gender equality to a confluence of forces, but most importantly women’s participation. She suggests that the path chosen by South Africa is a model for many other nations, stressing that the involvement of women at all levels and phases is vital.
Find other papers by Andrews here (SSRN: open source). Warning: you`ll want to read any you haven`t already.
Consider speaking to your librarian to request that they order books which interest you, if you don’t already.