Feminist activism, third party interventions and the courts

Samuels, H. 2005. Feminist activism, third party interventions and the courts. Feminist Legal Studies. 13 (1), pp. 15-42.

TitleFeminist activism, third party interventions and the courts
AuthorsSamuels, H.
Abstract

This article discusses feminist engagement in the judicial process in the light of the changing constitutional landscape in the U.K. It considers feminist activism in the courts and the potential that third party interventions provide for feminists to influence judicial decision making under the Human Rights Act 1998. The impact of the intervention by women’s groups in the case of R. v. A. (No. 2) is discussed. Despite the disappointing decision, it is argued that the intervention was a worthwhile endeavour. Third party interventions are important if feminists are to hold on to the gains they have made through the legislative process. Interventions also offer an opportunity to build a litigation strategy that will help shape the development of the case law under the Human Rights Act 1998.

JournalFeminist Legal Studies
Journal citation13 (1), pp. 15-42
ISSN0966-3622
YearJan 2005
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s10691-005-1454-5
Publication dates
PublishedJan 2005

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