Upcoming Events

Summer 2016 Reproductive Justice Lawyering Webinar Series, Sponsored by the Women and the Law Program and Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)

The Women and the Law Program and Law Students for Reproductive Justice are teaming up to offer our third “Reproductive Justice Lawyering Webinar Series.” This year’s topics include:

  • June 13, 2016 from 2:00- 3:00pm (EST)- Zubik v Burwell: A Case Study of Religious Exemptions and the Connections Between LGBTQ Liberation and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice
    (Register Here)
  • June 20, 2016 from 2:00- 3:00pm (EST)- Shifting the Frame in Law & Policy from Preventing Teen Pregnancy to Supporting Young Parents (Register Here)
  • June 27, 2016 from 2:00- 3:00pm (EST)- A Reproductive Justice Analysis of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: New Protections and Remaining Challenges Under the Nation's Newest Civil Rights Law (Register Here)

Registration for the webinar is free of charge. If you would like to receive CLE credit, you must also email American University Washington College of Law's Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education at The fee is $55 and 1 CLE credit will be applied for. Visit the series website for more information and to register.


The Women and the Law Program

Since 1984 the Women and the Law Program has promoted the integration of women's rights and gender studies into legal education, practice and doctrine. To foster the study and teaching of gender and international or comparative law, the program expanded to include a Women and International Law Program in 1994.

The Women and the Law Program emphasizes the role of law and legal education in transforming women's status around the world. The program challenges assumptions about the role of women in the family, civil society, and governance in domestic, international and transnational institutions. However, engaging in either academic study or advocacy alone is not enough if the people who make the legal and political decisions that shape women's lives- judges, lawyers and policy makers- ignore the concerns of women. Therefore, the program seeks to influence the thinking of political and social leaders who hold the power to address the legal dimensions of gender inequality. We aim to transform the training of lawyers and scholars so that they leave law school with an awareness of their power and obligation to remove the legal barriers to women's full participation in society.

Our program works at multiple levels to integrate gender into legal education by:

  • Encouraging the development of feminist legal thought;

  • Educating emerging legal scholars in gender studies;

  • Creating supportive networks of feminist scholars, practitioners and activists;

  • Disseminating scholarly and teaching materials that integrate gender into the study of law in specific contexts.

Our Projects

Comparative Family Law

Gender, Health & Justice

Gender Jurisprudence & International Criminal Law

About The Project

Interdisciplinary Project on Human Trafficking

Integrating Gender Into Legal Education

IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections

Student Debt and Education Justice