In 2017, the Queen’s Speech outlined the Government’s plan to initiate a Domestic Abuse Bill. Unfortunately, after an arduous legislative passage, the Bill was abandoned in November 2019 due to the calling of a General Election. Finally, in March 2020, the Bill was reintroduced to Parliament and is currently making its way, once again, through the legislative process
In light of the sad passing of feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever to serve on the US Supreme Court, I thought it fitting to discuss the concept of the “feminist judge”.
Lord Bingham (a High Court judge, Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice and then Senior Law Lord in the UK) determined that true legal reasoning cannot be motivated by “extraneous considerations”. In other words, he held the view that one cannot be a judge and a feminist. This holds some truth. The very essence of a judge is to be objective, neutral and without perspective.
During the course of my Law degree, I studied Sex, Gender and Law, Reproduction Law, Family Law and Jurisprudence. All of these units touched upon themes central to Feminist Legal Studies (FLS). FLS can be complicated. That’s why I’ve written this summary to help you navigate FemLegal with ease!