|Title||Feminist engagement with law in the new millennium|
The works presented for the PhD by publication are all connected by a
commitment to using law and human rights for feminist ends. They are
located within the feminist discourse on the utility of law and human rights,
and stress the inherent connection between feminist theory and activism.
They counsel against a turning away from law, as suggested by some
feminists, and instead set about explaining how existing legal structures and
concepts can be made more responsive to women’s lived realities.
The thesis demonstrates that law is an important site of power and public
discourse where feminism in all its forms needs to have a presence. Several
of the publications address feminist challenges to human rights, but advocate
feminist participation in the political and legal processes that provide for the development, adoption and enforcement of universal norms. Using examples
from the past and present the published works show that feminism is a force
that has the capacity to interrupt and to intervene in law and human rights
mechanisms. It has the potential to create, adapt and subvert legal principles
through dialogic and feminist legal methods.