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Gender and International & Comparative Law (LAW-676A-001)
This class does not satisfy the Upper-Level Writing requirement, but Professor Kraiem will supervise independent studies for students who wish to do so on this subject matter. Assessment:Weekly short class reflection papers. Weekly short reports regarding law/policy in a selected country. Class participation.
Gender, International and Comparative Law” is an introduction to women’s rights and LGBTI advocacy in international and comparative settings. We will explore recent developments and challenges in the integration of the needs and concerns of women and LGBTI people into international organizations, such as the UN, World Bank, or human rights treaty bodies. We will also highlight the diverse approaches taken by advocates for gender-based equality in countries and regions around the world. Gender cuts across all substantive areas of the law and every aspect of legal systems—from the largest institutions to the most intimate of relations. Because we have to narrow it down somehow, this semester we will explore in depth how international and domestic law address sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment and development, caregiving and other domestic labor, political participation and power, and family life. Students will also develop expertise in the status of women and LGBTI persons in their home countries or states (within the US), and will share their findings with the group each week. The course presents opportunities for self-reflection, as students learn to challenge their own stereotypes and biases and to learn from one another. Best of all, it allows us to build a community of students who care about gender justice from the school’s SJD, LLM and JD programs. Evaluation will be based on short weekly papers, one short (10 page) final paper, and class participation.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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First Class Readings
• (This text is long; skim only) Pew Research Center, Gender Equality Universally Embraced, But Inequalities Acknowledged at: http://www.pewglobal.org/2010/07/01/gender-equality/ • National Geographic, Map Shows Where Being LGBT Can Be Punishable by Law http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/lgbt-laws-gay-rights-world-map/ • Southbank Center, WOW Conference 2017 Intersectionality for Beginners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7jn7tW6pZg
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