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Gender and the Law

  • Diane Rosenfeld.

    ‘Make your world and the world of all your sisters better’

    March 27, 2023

    Diane Rosenfeld presents a model from the animal world that she says would empower and protect women.

  • Rebecca Richman Cohen.

    Did recalling the judge in an infamous sexual assault case lead to justice?

    March 16, 2023

    Rebecca Richman Cohen, a Harvard Law School lecturer, debuts a new documentary on the unintended consequences following the recall of the judge in the Brock Turner assault case.

  • Class of 1953 alumna Sondra Miller reflects

    March 8, 2023

    70 years on, Sondra Miller ’53 reflects on her experience as a member of the first class at Harvard Law School to include women.

  • A collage of headshots of four Harvard Law Students: Janna Adelstein ’24, Carlos Gonzalez Sierra ’23, Teresa Chen ’24, Francisco Balbin LL.M. ’23

    2023 Cravath International Fellows

    March 2, 2023

    From transgender equality to the rights of displaced persons, four Harvard Law students describe their winter-term projects abroad.

  • Portrait of Janna Adelstein wearing a grey blazer.

    Janna Adelstein, examining trans-exclusionary rhetoric in the UK

    March 2, 2023

    As a 2023 Cravath International Fellow, Janna Adelstein traveled to the United Kingdom to conduct research on how equality law doctrines affect transgender people.

  • Catharine MacKinnon

    ‘Dominant power does not control everything’

    September 8, 2022

    Legal scholar, thought leader, and equal rights champion Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2022 recipient of the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence, discusses her teaching and the changes she has spent her career fighting for.

  • Victor Madrigal Borloz

    Conservative backlash threatens global gender justice efforts

    December 7, 2021

    Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity shared his views at a virtual event last month hosted by the HLS Human Rights Program that focused on his year-long investigation into incorporation of gender and gender identity into international human rights law.

  • The White House Lit in Rainbow Colors

    Ordering LGBTQ protections

    February 3, 2021

    Alexander Chen ’15, founding director of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic at Harvard Law School, on the significance of the Biden administration's executive orders providing protections for LGBTQ people, the danger of backlash, and the work that still needs to be done.

  • Menaka-Guruswamy

    For India, a New Era in LGBTQ Rights

    July 8, 2019

    Constitutional lawyer Menaka Guruswamy LL.M. ’01 successfully argued against a colonial-era law that criminalized gay sex in India. The ruling by India's Supreme Court last year went beyond decriminalizing gay sex to acknowledge the individual rights of LGBTQ people and apologize for past mistreatment.

  • Exterior of the WCC

    HIRC files amicus brief challenging U.S. Attorney General’s efforts to restrict gender asylum

    May 1, 2018

    The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Human Rights First and Kids in Need of Defense in filing a brief of amicus curiae in the case Matter of A-B-, a case that originated in immigration court but that is now before review of the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.