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Feminism and Legal Theory Project

Feminism and Legal Theory Project
Formation 1984
Purpose Study and debate topics related to feminist theory and law
Director Martha Fineman
Parent organization University of Wisconsin Law School (1984–90)
Columbia Law School (1990–99)
Cornell Law School (1999–2004)
Emory University School of Law (2004–)
Website Official site

The Feminism and Legal Theory Project is a project aimed at addressing issues relating to women and law. It was founded in 1984 by legal theorist Martha Fineman, a pioneer in feminist legal theory. The project nurtures scholars from around the world, bringing them together to study and debate a wide range of topics related to feminist theory and law. The project began at the University of Wisconsin Law School to provide a forum for interdisciplinary feminist scholarship addressing important issues in law and society. In 1990, the project moved to Columbia Law School, and in 1999, to Cornell Law School. Since 2004, the project has been part of Emory University School of Law, where Fineman holds a Robert W. Woodruff Professorship. The project has resulted in the publication of several books on feminist legal theory. Fineman has been its director since 1984.[1]

One of the hallmarks of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project is its quarterly, interdisciplinary workshops. Scholars from around the world converge to participate in "uncomfortable conversations" and theorize solutions to systemic legal issues. 2013 marks the beginning of the 30th year of operation for the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, and a special retrospective series of workshops reflecting on the past 30 years of feminist legal theory. Workshops over the 2013-2014 academic year will treat sex and reproduction, the family, violence, and workplaces.


  1. ^ Barbara J. Love, Feminists who changed America, 1963-1975, 2006, p. 148

External links

  • Feminism and Legal Theory Project – Emory University School of Law


  • . New York [etc.: Routledge, 1994. Print.The Public Nature of Private Violence: The Discovery of the Domestic AbuseFineman, Martha Albertson., and Roxanne Mykitiuk, eds.
  • . N.p.: Intersentia, n.d. Print. Ser. on Transitional Justice.Feminist Perspectives on Transitional Justice: From International and Criminal to Alternative Forms of JusticeFineman, Martha, and Estelle Zinsstag, eds.
  • . New York: Columbia UP, 1995. Print.Mothers in Law: Feminist Theory and the Legal Regulation of MotherhoodFineman, Martha, and Isabel Karpin, eds.
  • . Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2009. Print.What Is Right for Children?: The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human RightsFineman, Martha, and Karen Worthington.
  • . New York: Oxford UP, 1997. Print.Feminism, Media, and the LawFineman, Martha, and Martha T. McCluskey, eds.
  • . New York: Routledge, 1991. Print. Re-Issued September 2012At the Boundaries of Law: Feminism and Legal TheoryFineman, Martha, and Nancy Sweet Thomadsen, eds.
  • . Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2005. Print.Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus: Gender, Law, and SocietyFineman, Martha, and Terence Dougherty, eds.
  • . Abingdon, Oxon [UK: Routledge, 2011. Print.Transcending the Boundaries of Law: Generations of Feminism and Legal TheoryFineman, Martha, ed.
  • . Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2009. Print.Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable ConversationsFineman, Martha, Jack E. Jackson, and Adam P. Romero, eds.
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