Law Reform and Gender-Based Violence (21716). 2 units. Gender-based violence has been the subject of concerted advocacy globally for several decades, yet it continues to exact stark tolls on individuals, families and communities throughout the world. Legal reform efforts, spanning multiple doctrines in criminal and civil law, have engaged experts from a wide range of disciplines and generated robust debate, even among those with shared commitments to acknowledging and ending abuse.
This seminar will use the lens of law reform to examine theories, strategies, and doctrines aimed at gender-based violence. Faculty draw upon an interdisciplinary range of theoretical and empirical frameworks to explore the tensions among them, with a particular focus on the ways that differing strategies implicate conceptions of identity, equality, and autonomy, and intersect with issues of race, class, culture, sexuality, and gender identity, among other axes of experience. Readings and class discussions cover selected topics of current debate. Students will study key issues, cases and commentary to analyze competing theories and strategies, and to understand the issues facing survivors and their advocates. The seminar calls upon students to consider the successes and limitations of previous reform efforts and to contemplate directions for the future. Paper required. Enrollment limited to twenty. M. Anderson and J. Goldscheid.