Comparative law as a way to study feminism and women's issues

Stream: Panel 67 - Gender Politics: Law, Justice and Gender 
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am

Abstract

In thinking about the role of the law and its impact on socially constructed norms and identities, scholars have come to explore a multitude of issues to do with equality, empowerment, and views. The principle aim of this contribution is twofold. First, provide a descriptive framework of how feminist legal studies (FLS) has approach such issues such as equality, rights and justice by reviewing the evolution of FLS. Second, to encourage those working on equality and rights in respect to ‘women’s issues’ to engage in international comparative legal studies, which necessitates adhering to a clear methodology, as there is a tendency to ‘borrow’ cases and examples without an appreciation of cultural and ethno-diversity.

Author

Isaac Kfir (Presenter), Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
Isaac is a Research Associate at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University, From 2009 to 2016 he was a Visiting Professor of International Relations and Law at Syracuse University and prior to that he was an Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel (2006-2011). Isaac received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics (1999) and holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Vocational Certificate from BPP Law School (2001).