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Feminist Judging in the Real World

Hunter, Rosemary (2018) Feminist Judging in the Real World. Onati Socio-Legal Series, 8 (9). pp. 1275-1306. E-ISSN 2079-5971. (doi:10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-0995)

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Abstract

The various feminist judgment projects (FJPs) have explored through the imagined rewriting of judgments a range of ways in which a feminist perspective may be applied to the practice of judging. But how do these imagined judgments compare to what actual feminist judges do? This article presents the results of the author’s empirical research to date on ‘real world’ feminist judging. Drawing on case study and interview data it explores the how, when and where of feminist judging, that is, the feminist resources, tools and techniques judges have drawn upon, the stages in the hearing and decision-making process at which these resources, tools and techniques have been deployed, and the areas of law in which they have been applied. The article goes on to consider observed and potential limits on feminist judicial practice, before drawing conclusions about the comparison between ‘real world’ feminist judging and the practices of FJPs.

Los proyectos de sentencias feministas, a través de la reelaboración imaginaria de sentencias judiciales, han explorado multitud de vías en las que las perspectivas feministas se podrían aplicar a la práctica judicial. Pero ¿qué resulta de la comparación entre dichas sentencias y la práctica real de las juezas feministas? Este artículo presenta los resultados de la investigación empírica de la autora. Se analiza el cómo, el cuándo y el dónde de la labor judicial feminista, es decir, los recursos, herramientas y técnicas feministas que las juezas han utilizado, las fases de audiencia y toma de decisión en las que se han utilizado y las áreas del derecho en que se han aplicado. Además, se toman en consideración los límites observados y potenciales de la práctica judicial feminista, y se extraen conclusiones sobre la comparación entre la labor judicial feminista en el “mundo real” y la práctica de los proyectos de tribunales feministas.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-0995
Uncontrolled keywords: Feminist judging; judicial interviews; judicial studies; feminist methods; feminist judgment projects
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 11:06 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 11:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71540 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hunter, Rosemary: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7526-6012
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