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Lady Hale: A Feminist Towering Judge

Hunter, Rosemary and Rackley, Erika (2021) Lady Hale: A Feminist Towering Judge. In: Abeyratne, Rehan and Porat, Iddo, eds. Towering Judges: A Comparative Study of Constitutional Judges. Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 78-95. ISBN 978-1-108-84021-7. (doi:10.1017/9781108879194) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:87323)

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There are many measures by which Lady Hale’s status as a towering judge may be established. She was the first woman appointed to the UK’s highest appellate court, the only woman ever to sit on the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords, the first woman Deputy President and first woman President of the UK Supreme Court. She has influenced the development of UK law across a wide range of areas, having an impact on the lives of millions of women, men and children. This chapter focuses on how Lady Hale’s feminism has shaped and informed her ‘towering’ judicial status. Drawing on a detailed examination of her jurisprudence, both on and off the court, it examines her jurisprudential, administrative and wider community leadership. It argues that, as a feminist towering judge, Lady Hale stands out, but does not stand in isolation from her judicial peers or the legal or wider community. Through her judgments as well as her extra-judicial roles, she has used her institutional position to redistribute power, creating opportunities and spaces for others to flourish and realise their own potential, and built ladders so that others might scale the walls.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/9781108879194
Uncontrolled keywords: Feminist Judging, Leadership, Lady Hale, UK Supreme Court
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions and public administration
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K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Rosemary Hunter
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 21:13 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2021 11:21 UTC
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