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Spring 2025 Seminar

Governance Feminism: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type No Exam

Since the early 1970’s, feminists have been involved in building legal responses to sexual and gender-based violence in domestic, international, and transnational law.  There is a lot of law and legal practice now that is based on these feminist efforts: governance feminism.  This Seminar will take stock of the campaigns for legal reform, the actual results in positive law, enforcement patterns, and internal feminist critique.  Topics will include rape, rape in armed conflict, domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace and at school, anti-prostitution and anti-trafficking.  Students will write a series of short papers about the readings.