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Gender and the Law

Warwick Law School offered its first full year undergraduate module on ‘women and the law’ as long ago as 1977 when feminist studies of law were in their infancy. Members of the Law School contributed to the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and there is continuing close collaboration with the Centre.

One long standing focus in our research has been in relation to development issues and post colonial societies, (Ann Stewart and Shaheen Ali), and the intersection of gender and human rights in Islam and international law (Shaheen Ali). More recently, members of our cluster have focused on issues of gender-based violence, including during armed conflict (international criminal law) (Solange Mouthaan) and within the criminal justice and asylum systems (Vanessa Munro). Others research issues related to women, employment and labour markets, and the relationship betwen paid and unpaid work, especially care labour (Ania Zbyszewska, Ann Stewart), as well as how individual interests of women and children have been understood within the family structure (Maebh Harding). Many of us draw on feminist and queer theories of law whether or not we engage gender and sexuality issues directly (e.g. Stephen Connelly, Tara Mulqueen, Illan Wall, Andrew Williams).

Cluster members

Jane Bryan's area of interest is the legal position of the pregnant woman and in the issue of patient consent to medical treatment more generally.

Winnie Chan researches the gender specific impact of taxation on women’s work and leisure decision-making and women and wealth distribution in the context of intimate adult relationships.

Maebh Harding's research in Family Law examines how the individual interests of women and children have been understood within the family structure.

Vanessa Munro has published extensively on feminist legal and political theory. She is especially interested in law and policy responses to violence against women.

Dallal Stevens' area of expertise is refugee and asylum law. She is interested in migration and the family; women and asylum-seeking; and gender and asylum.

Helen Toner’s research focuses on issues relating to gender and European migration law.

Ann Stewart's current research focuses on how care is conceptualised, recognised and valued within the law. She is researching legal subjectivity of ‘carers’, in relation to care for vulnerable and elderly adults in the UK, and elder care undertaken in Kenya, within ‘woman to woman’ marriages.

Illan Wall uses post-structural feminism extensively in his work on human rights, political subjectivity and the law of disorder.

Ania Zbyszewska researches how regulation of work and labour markets articulates with other social and economic policy fields, focusing on their gendered dimensions and social sustainability.

Postgraduate research

Our focus on gender, rights and development has attracted many doctoral students over the years, whose work has covered gender-related research including violence against women in the Andean communities in Peru; domestic violence in China; women’s employment in Japan; women domestic workers in Pakistan; social security in Malawi; inheritance Uganda; gender and Islamic criminal justice; gender discourse of the Jamaat-i-Islami in Pakistan; access to justice for women in Iran and ‘Islamic’ dispute resolution mechanisms and implications for women.

PG members

Jenny Lander researches governance in the global economy, and is interested in feminist critiques of the state, development and security. She currently assists on Ann Stewart's Leverhulme project: "Caring for Older Women in Kenya's Plural Legal System."

Links and partnerships

TATA Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, India (DeLPHe funded);
Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India;
Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Women’s Law, Zimbabwe;
Department of Women’s Law, University of Oslo, Norway.

Cluster Events

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Recent Publications

Ali, Shaheen Sardar. 2016. Contextualising family-law reform and plural legalities in postcolonial Pakistan. In Yassari, Nadjma; (ed.), Changing God's Law: the dynamics of Middle Eastern family law, Farnham, Ashgate

Ali, Shaheen Sardar. 2016, Modern challenges to Islamic law, Cambridge, CUP.

Harding, Maebh. 2016. Marriage equality: a seismic shift for family law in Ireland. In Atkin, Bill; (ed.), International Survey of Family Law 2016 Ed, Jordans Family Law.

Newnham, Annika, Harding, Maebh. 2016. Sharing as caring? Contact and residence disputes between parents. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 28 (2).

Mouthaan, Solange. 2014. Barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen : am I a child soldier too?. Women's Studies International Forum, 51, pp. 91-100.

Munro, Vanessa. 2016. Shifting sands? consent, context and vulnerability in contemporary sexual offences policy in England and Wales. Social and Legal Studies.

Ellison, Louise, Munro, Vanessa. 2015. 'Telling tales' : exploring narratives of life and law within the (mock) jury room. Legal Studies, 35 (2), pp. 201-225.

Stewart, Ann. 2016. Carers as legal subjects. In: Harding, Rosie; Fletcher, Ruth; Beasley, Chris; (ed.), ReValuing care in theory, law and policy : cycles and connections, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, Routledge.

Stewart, Ann. 2015. Care or work : the tyranny of categories. In: ; (ed.), Care, Migration and Human Rights : Law and Practice, Abingdon, Routledge, pp. 11-26.

Zbyszewska, Ania, 2016. Active aging through employment: a critical feminist perspective on Polish policy. International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations.

Zbyszewska, Ania, 2016. Gendering European working time regimes : the working time directive and the case of Poland, Cambridge: CUP.

Cluster Convenor

Ania Zbyszewska