Law and Gender research at Cardiff University is of international importance. Our work has two distinguishing features. Firstly, the breadth of our law and gender scholarship. Secondly, our place at the heart of a law school with a global reputation for socio-legal excellence and with Europe’s youngest legislature, quite literally, on our doorstep.
Expertise on law and gender at Cardiff spans the doctrinal spectrum of private law, public law, international and criminal law. Gender is not a niche interest but a core component of our research. We explore gender as a legally constituted social order and examine how contemporary understandings of gender are expressed in law, and given legal meaning. Much of our research identifies how law is developed and applied in response to gendered social issues. We assess its effectiveness, impact and consequences.
In 2016 our ‘Gender Rules’ research methods conference calls into question the gendering of legal rules and draws scholarly attention to understanding gender as a legal order. By exploring law as a body of ‘gender rules’ our speakers and events aim to identify the legal dimensions of gender and the role of law in variously reaffirming, underpinning, or re-envisaging gendered social relations. Selecting the tab from the menu at the top of this webpage you can find more information about our great line up of speakers. We also have a Summer Seminar with Martha Fineman: Austerity, vulnerability and justice. The conference and seminar take place in June and July 2016 respectively and booking is essential because places are limited.
This site is currently under construction, but soon you will be able to find out more about who we are individually, and the issues that spark our intellectual curiosity. If you are a student (or would-be student), and are thinking about taking one of our courses, or if you wish to study for a PhD, this will be a good place to find out a little more about our research interests and motivations. Alternatively, you might be a public policy professional, a legal practitioner, or have a press/media request. This section will help you decide who best to approach and will point you to our contact details.
Via the ‘Scholarship and Resources’ tab on the menu above you will find a growing range of helpful links and further information drawn together by our team of law & gender scholars. These cover topics as diverse as criminal, medical, environment and land law, human rights, labour law, commercial and contract law, family and social care law.
Cardiff is the only Russell group university in the UK with a continuing professional legal studies department and is the leading law school in Wales. Our widely-acclaimed Innocence project enables students to explore potential cases of miscarriage of justice. We have a thriving Law Clinic, through which our students work with legal practitioners and a newly launched Global Justice pro-bono scheme with gender at its heart. As a collective body of scholarship, our law and gender research is framed by urgent concerns about democracy, accountability, sustainability and equality.
We are uniquely placed to research law and gender through the lens of public policy priorities and offer critical insights about devolution and legislative competence. We have a facebook page which you can ‘like’ to get regular updates and posts – click here and you can follow us on Twitter @lawandgender
Through the Centre of Law and Society, our Gender Rules research series is supported by the Journal of Law and Society. For over forty years, The Journal of Law and Society has been edited at Cardiff Law School as the leading UK periodical in socio-legal studies. It offers an interdisciplinary approach and is cited all over the world by legal researchers, sociologists, criminologists and other social scientists.