A series of public lectures on Law, Gender and Sexuality

The LEX Research Network is excited to launch LEX Public which showcases the work of leading researchers who have made a significant contribution to the field of law, gender, and sexuality. The lectures will speak to cutting edge issues which are at the heart of law, gender, and sexuality research. Reflecting features of the network, the LEX Public series covers transdisciplinary and international research. We invite any interested members of the public to join our ongoing conversations about law, gender, and sexuality through these events. 

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Speakers and dates:

We are delighted to announce our speakers:
‘What is a feminist sense of social justice?’ (click for abstract)
Speaker:  Professor Martha Fineman
Date: Wednesday 27th October 2021 
Date: 1st December 2021
Time: 14: 00 (GMT), 15:00 (CET)

Speaker: Professor Sandra Walklate

‘What is to be done about violence against women? A reprise’

Chair: Professor May-Len Skilbrei

Abstract: In 1983 Penguin published a short paperback book with the title, ‘What is to be done about violence against women?’ written by Elizabeth Wilson. This book is hard hitting offering a multi-layered agenda for action within the realms of social policy, law, and ideology in order to initiate change.  Walklate (2008) offered a sanguine assessment of the progress made since the publication of Wilson’s book in a paper published with the same title. Her assessment of the evidence then suggested more continuity with the past than change, national and international policy statements and recommendations made in the intervening years notwithstanding. Since the publication of that paper there have been ongoing national and international interventions on this issues with some gaining greater traction as a result of the global pandemic. In England and Wales the ongoing difficulties faced by police forces in responding to violence(s) against women  is well recognised notably in the HMIC Reports published in 2014, 2015 and latterly HMICFRS 2021. Partly in response to the ongoing difficulties documented in these reports  the Domestic Abuse Act 2021(England and Wales) stands as testimony to the further efforts of policy-makers, advocates, and other criminal justice professionals to tackle what appear to be intractable problems. However, the question asked Mooney (2007): as why violence against women is such a public anathema and a private commonplace all at the same time, remains prescient.  At the global level this is arguably one result of the recognition of such abuse as constituting the ‘Shadow Pandemic’ (UN Women 2020) but in different national contexts it is also a result of specific events fueling wider public concerns about such violence(s) and abuse (the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard in England and Wales and the experiences of Brittany Higgins in Australia constituting two pertinent examples which provoked public outrage during 2021). However in responding to such violence(s) the presence of what Goodmark (2018) has called the ‘criminalisation thesis’  also appears to be both dominant and intractable.  Drawing on my experiences of living and working in the UK and Australia since 2016 this presentation re-considers (again) the question posed by Wilson in 1983 of what is to be done about violence against women in the light of the lessons to be learned from the initiatives taken in the light of the Royal Commission on Family Violence conducted in the State if Victoria which reported in 2016.

Biography: Sandra Walklate is currently Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology at the University of Liverpool (UK) conjoint Chair of Criminology, Monash University (Australia). She is also President of the British Society of Criminology (2019-2023). She is internationally recognised for her work on criminal victimisation, gender and violence which has recently become focused on policy issues relation to coercive control and femicide.

Professor Drucilla Cornell, 2 March 2022
Professor Joanne Conaghan, TBA 2022
Registration will open  for the other lectures in due course.  Keep up to date by checking in on the LEX website and following us on twitter @ResearchLex
A Respectful and Safe Environment:
The LEX Network recognises that discrimination, prejudice and victimisation on the basis of personal attributes, including gender identity and expression, is a violation of human rights and it will not be tolerated. As part of this series of public events we will put in place measures to ensure respectful dialogue and a safe environment.

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