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International/Transnational Gender & Law for PhD Students (Deadline May 5)

This looks really interesting.  A network of PhD students convene twice over the year in Lucerne for training and a research colloquium.  Tell your PhD students, consider yourself, encourage another. And maybe we should think about this interesting model in Canada!

Doctoral Research, Gender and Law – Lucerne, Switzerland

The UNILU (University of Lucerne) Network of Transnational Doctoral Research will focus in 2012 on Gender Studies and Law.

From January to December 2012, the 2012 Doctoral Program on Gender and Law will include two different types of activities available to a group of Swiss and international doctoral students.
1. Intensive Doctoral Training Workshop (June 28-29, 2012).
2. Transnational Research Colloquium on Gender and Law (Nov. 16-17, 2012)

Applications are due May 5, 2012. Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program.

Network of Transnational Doctoral Research – 2012 Programme on Gender and Law
Programme aim and philosophy
The UNILU Network of Transnational Doctoral Research is dedicated to the provision of adequate structures and platforms for the mentoring and exchange of views among early‐career scholars. It aims to enhance the knowledge and exposure to the academic world of young researchers, with emphasis on the encouragement of innovative and independent research. All activities will be open to the public in order to maximize the potential output of the programme.
The 2012 programme will focus on the timely, complex and challenging topics included in the broader research area of Gender Studies and Law. While the primary aim is to encourage legal scholars to participate, train and exchange views, the conveners will support and promote inter‐disciplinary research that is deemed desirable ( if not necessary) to grasp the complexities of the selected topics.
The Network has two objectives:
1. It aims to build a global research community of peers which is based on scientific excellence and a broad outlook on the current challenges of academic research in a globalized world
2. It will strive to mobilize scholars within and outside Switzerland to be part of the current and future developments in the area of Transnational Law broadly understood.
The objectives of the Network will be achieved by a joint programme of activities that will prioritize:
The provision of information on and access to the various outlets of knowledge relevant for the topic
The organization of research on Gender Studies in Law with an eye for relevance of the problems and solutions proposed
The dissemination of the state of the art knowledge of the topic through training of young scholars.

Programme Structure
The programme relies on four distinct research groups:
Task Group 1 covers activities that relate to the salient questions that arise out of Feminist Legal Theory. We are interested in
exploring feminity as legal personhood, the controversies of feminist legal discourse as they are arise out of cultural difference,
ethnicity or sexuality.
Task Group 2 will bring together scholars that look at gender in relation to social change and development. It will more
specifically examine how women as subjects of law cope with social change in their role(s), how they emerge as actors and
players in legal terms and how they affect and contribute to social development in various geographical contexts. This Task will
work on a comparative law basis and will draw expertise and studies from different geographical settings.
Task Group 3 aims at looking at the specific interaction of women within the confines of the different areas of public and/or private law. We aim to attract studies that discuss women within employment, women and family law (including the issues of abortion, divorce, domestic violence etc) as well as women in the legal profession.
Task Group 4 will focus on the nexus between women, law and religion as a defining element of cultural identity and as a human rights entitlement. Studies on intersectionality are particularly welcome in this cluster.

Programme Events
From January to December 2012, the 2012 Doctoral Program on Gender and Law will include two different types of activities available to a group of Swiss and international doctoral students.
1. Intensive Doctoral Training Workshop (scheduled for 28‐29 June 2012)
This event will be organized on the basis of a mixture of PhD presentations, followed by feedback session from peers and more experienced scholars. Participants of the different research task groups will situate their ongoing projects and share with trainers and group coordinators their achievements and concerns.
2. Transnational Research Colloquium on Gender and Law (scheduled for 16‐17November 2012)
The second event of the doctoral program will be the opportunity to discuss the final findings of the task research groups as well as for stock‐taking on the implementation of the entire program. Key‐note speakers will be additionally invited in order to enrich the added value of the event for both the trainers as well as the trained. For this event, additional funding will be sought through the SNF in order to enlarge both the list of speakers and the student audience to the event.

Application Procedure
Please send by May 5th, 2012 the following materials to both Kyriaki.topidi@unilu.ch and lauren.redman@unilu.ch :
‐short cv (1‐2 pages)
‐short summary of PhD project (2‐3 pages)
‐paper title and proposal (maximum 500 words)
All applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme in order to become eligible to participate in the programme. UNILU will support selected paper‐givers with accommodation and travel expenses to the extent possible.

New in Print: Challenging Gender Inequity in Tax Policy Making

In my email box yesterday, an announcement that this book is out:

Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making: Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Kim Brooks, Åsa Gunnarsson, Lisa Philipps and Maria WersigClick here to order from Hart UK/World (with link to Hart USA) (hint: you might be able to forward this post to your law library and ask them to order it…).  The contents are part of a workshop held at Oñati and part of the Oñati International Series in Law and Society (Bridget Crawford blogged about it at Feminist Law Professors here and here).  This book is on my list – and I am NOT a tax person, although lately am making tentative forays into tax policy as it relates to welfare policy. I think the tentativeness is the problem.  All or nothing, it seems.

This volume takes a critical look at the gender of tax policy around the world. Contributors based in eight different countries examine the profound effects that gender norms and practices have had in shaping tax law and policy, and how taxation in turn impacts upon the possibilities for equality along gender, race, class, sexuality and other lines. Chapters explore how the gendered fiscal state might be theorised; how structural choices about rates and bases in tax policy design contribute to gender inequality; how tax policy affects family configurations and perceptions of what constitutes family; how fiscal systems impact on savings and wealth accumulation by women and men; and the role of different policy-making processes and institutions in occluding and sometimes challenging these patterns. Most significantly, perhaps, the book explores these questions in an international frame, traversing countries and continents. The conclusion: fiscal policy has deep rooted, long standing gender implications that affect virtually every aspect of our social, political, and economic lives whether we live in Canada, Australia or Kenya.

What’s in the book?

Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………….1
Lisa Philipps, Kim Brooks, Åsa Gunnarsson and Maria Wersig

Lisa Philipps is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Canada. She is co-editor of Tax Expenditures: State of the Art, ed Lisa Philipps, Neil Brooks and Jinyan Li (Toronto, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2011), and co-author of David G Duff, Kim Brooks, Benjamin Alarie and Lisa Philipps, Canadian Income Tax Law, 3rd edn (Markham, Ontario, LexisNexis, 2009). Kim Brooks was appointed Dean of the Schulich School of Law in July 2010. She formerly held the H Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Professor Brooks’ primary research interests lie in the areas of corporate and international tax, and tax policy. Åsa Gunnarsson is Professor of Jurisprudence and Tax Law at the Department of Law, Umeå University. Her research covers a wide range of issues on law and the gendered fiscal state. She currently leads a research programme funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, titled Feminist Studies on Taxation and Budgeting (FemTax). Maria Wersig studied law and gender equality at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has worked as a policy adviser within the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science (Berlin). Her research interests include family law and policy, taxation, legal gender studies and comparative constitutional studies.

Part I: Gendering the Fiscal State

1. The ‘Capture’ of Women in Law and Fiscal Policy: The Tax/Benefit Unit, Gender Equality, and Feminist Ontologies ….. 11
Kathleen A Lahey ( Professor of Law and Queen’s National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, and co-director, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s. Her research includes corporate, personal, international, and comparative taxation and policy, property law, gender budgeting, women, sexualities,and race in fiscal policy and human rights. Recent publications include Women and Fiscal Equality (special edition, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 2010), ‘Women, Substantive Equality, and Fiscal Policy’ (CJWL, 2010), and ‘International Transactions, Taxation, and Women: The Critical Role of Gender Analysis’ (UBCLRev, 2010). She frequently advises parliamentary committees, policy units, and the media on tax/budget issues. Email: kal2@queensu.ca.)

2. Tax, Markets, Gender and the New Institutionalism …………………… 37
Ann Mumford (Dr. Ann Mumford is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Ann’s research interests are in the fields of fiscal sociology, budgetary processes, and the intersections of law, gender and equality. She has written two monographs, Taxing Culture (Ashgate, 2002); and Tax Policy, Women and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010)).

3. Gender Equity in Australia’s Tax System: A Capabilities Approach …………………………………………………………………………….. 53
Miranda Stewart (Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. She recently edited Housing and Tax Policy (Australian Tax Research Foundation, 2010) and is a co-author of Death and Taxes (Thomson, 2009) and Income Taxation: Commentary and Materials (Thomson, 2009). She is currently researching taxation of the not-for-profit-sector and issues in tax and development).

4. Challenging the Benchmarks in Tax Law Theories and Policies from a Gender Perspective—The Swedish Case ………………………….. 75
Åsa Gunnarsson

Part II: Bases and Rates: Structural Choices in Tax Policy Design

5. Taxing Surrogacy ………………………………………………………………….. 95
Bridget J Crawford ( Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. She teaches courses in Taxation; Wills, Trusts and Estates; and Feminist Legal Theory. She is the editor, with Anthony Infanti, of Critical Tax Theory: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2009). She can be reached at bcrawford@law.pace.edu. You can follow her on Twitter at @ProfBCrawford.)

6. A Gender Perspective Approach Regarding the Impact of Income Tax on Wage-earning Women in Spain …………………….. 109
Paloma de Villota ( Professor Doctor of Applied Economy at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research interests include labour market, fiscal and social policies and gender budgeting. She writes reports for the European Commission and Spanish institutions. She has collaborated with UNIFEM, ILPES, CEPAL and the Council of Europe. She has worked with many European Universities in different projects and with American institutions such as FLACSO, UNAM (México). She is a member of the International Association of Feminist Economics and member of the board of the Instituto de Investigaciones Feministas (Spain).)

7. Gender and Taxation in Kenya: The Case of Personal Income and Value-added Taxes …………………………………………………………. 135
Bernadette M Wanjala and Maureen Were (Bernadette Wanjala is a PhD Fellow in Economics at the Development Research Institute, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. She has wide research experience and publications in macroeconomics, macro modelling, development economics and gender aware macroeconomics. She has previously worked as an Assistant Policy Analyst in Macroeconomics Division, The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA).  Maureen Were is a researcher at the Research and Policy Analysis Department of the Central Bank of Kenya. She holds a PhD in economics, with wide experience in economic research and the field of macroeconomic modelling. She has written a number of papers on pertinent macro and socio-economic issues relating to Kenya).

Part III: The Family in Tax Policy

8. Dismembering Families ………………………………………………………… 159
Anthony C Infanti (Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His research focuses particularly upon the intersection of  tax law with sexual orientation and gender identity. He is co-editor of
Critical Tax Theory: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Professor Infanti is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation).

9. The Tax/Benefit Implications of Recognizing Same-sex Partnerships ………………………………………………………….. 177
Casey Warman and Frances Woolley (Casey Warman received his PhD in Economics from Carleton University in 2006. He teaches in the Economics Department at Queen’s University. His research interests primarily involve empirical issues in the areas of immigration, gender differentials, labour market, and health economics. His research has been published in the Canadian Journal of Economics, Labour Economics and the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Frances Woolley is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Carleton University. Her area of expertise is the economics of the family and public policy, particularly with respect to the tax treatment of families. She blogs regularly at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, http://worthwhile.typepad.com and for the Globe and Mail newspaper.)

10. Income Redistribution Through Child Benefits and Child-related Tax Deductions: A Gender-neutral Approach? ………195
Kirsten Scheiwe (Professor of Law at Hildesheim University, Germany since 2000. She works mainly in the areas of family law, social law and legal comparison and investigates law in social context from the perspectives of interdisciplinary and comparative legal analysis and gender studies. She received her PhD from the European University Institute, Florence and her habilitation from Frankfurt University).

11. Overcoming the Gender Inequalities of Joint Taxation and Income Splitting: The Case of Germany …………………………….213
Maria Wersig

Part IV: Savings, Wealth and Capital Gains

12. Income Splitting and Gender Equality: The Casefor Incentivizing Intra-household Wealth Transfers ……………………235
Lisa Philipps

13. Indirect Discrimination in Tax Law: The Case of Tax Deductions for Contributions to Employer-provided Pension Plans in Germany ……………………………………………………..255
Ulrike Spangenberg (a Berlin-based independent consultant who has worked with clients in government, trade unions and a variety of other organisations. A lawyer by training, she has specialized in Gender and
Fiscal policy. She is the author and co-author of several key studies on the intersection of taxation and gender in Germany. Contact: spangenberg@ gleichstellungsinstitut.de.)

14. Gender and Capital Gains Taxation ………………………………………..275
Marjorie E Kornhauser (Professor of Law at Arizona State University College of Law where she teaches tax and tax policy. Her research focuses on the intersection of tax and society, including political, historical and
gendered aspects of taxation. Among her recent publications is a chapter in another Hart publication: ‘Remembering the “Forgotten Man” (and Woman): Hidden Taxes and the 1936 Election’ in J Tiley (ed), Studies in
the History of Tax Law: Volume 4 (Hart Publishing, 2010)).


I put this out through the IFLS twitter, but I think it’s worth a post too. Queen’s Law is part of a new blog Women in Sport International and has created a Legal Research Team to go along with the blog project.  Prof Kathy Lahey, some prominent former Olympic Athletes, and a team of students are the forces behind it.

I saw some members of this team (Erin Durant and Laura Robinson) put on a dynamic presentation about the history of women’s struggles with the IOC last October at Queen’s (related IFLS posts here one about a movie and the other about Olympic Ski Jumping).  And I have been looking for someone to sort out the badminton skirts issue for me – i’ve been wondering about the different reactions of prominent international players – what is the relevance of the different national contexts in which they play/relate to fans/live? how does the international nature of the organization make the issue more complicated?   The move has been pitched as a way of “glamourizing” the sport (sounds familiar)- but there’s also the suggestion that some of the shorts worn are actually more revealing of the body than skirts would be.  So is this about dressing like a girl to look somehow less threatening, or just about looking sexier?  Are these the same thing?  Many, many vexing questions (let me be clear – the RULE i think is ridiculous. I’m just not sure how to analyse the reaction to the rule). For this reason and more, I look forward to more from this blog!

Why are there so many fabulous feminist legal/socio-legal Australians?

[Dispatch from Dean Kim Brooks of Dal]

Why are there so many fabulous feminist legal/socio-legal Australians?

I just picked up “Feminist Internationalisms”, the introduction to a special collection of articles in The Australian Feminist Law Journal, volume 32 (2010).  The introduction is co-authored by Hilary Charlesworth and Susan Harris Rimmer.

The conference that led to the collection of papers was held at ANU in November 2009.  The keynote speech (Ann Tickner, not an Australian) for the conference can be found here: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/podcasts/20091123_Feminist_Internationalism_01a_Keynote.mp3