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Georgetown Law has a long tradition of leading work in feminism and gender studies. Recent faculty research has addressed critical legal issues such as LGBT rights, women’s human rights, the relationship between gay rights and religion, and sex discrimination.

Students interested in these areas can gain experiential training in clinics focused on domestic violence and women’s human rights. In the Domestic Violence Clinic, student represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order cases that often involve safety and housing provisions and temporary child custody, visitation, and support. Students learn the extensive family law provisions applicable to their cases, as well as civil procedure, legal ethics, and how to navigate the criminal justice system by working closely with the U.S. Attorney's Office in prosecutions against their clients' abusive partners.

The International Women’s Human Rights Clinic advances women's human rights globally through partnerships with local women's rights NGOs. Many of its partners are African lawyers who have completed their LL.M. degrees as part of Georgetown University's Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Program. Students have worked with local lawyers on projects such as constitutional challenges to sex discriminatory laws, human rights reports documenting abuses against women’s human rights, and proposed legislation to bring previously discriminatory laws into conformity with regional and international human rights law.

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Faculty:

Deborah Epstein Profile
Deborah Epstein
Nan Hunter Profile
Nan Hunter
Naomi Mezey Profile
Naomi Mezey
Victoria Nourse Profile
Victoria Nourse
Philomila Tsoukala Profile
Philomila Tsoukala
Robin West Profile
Robin West
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Curriculum

Domestic Violence Clinic

Gender and Sexuality: Law and Theory

International Women's Human Rights Clinic

International and Comparative Law on Women's Human Rights

Sexual Orientation and the Law: Selected Topics in Civil Rights
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Scholarship

  • Robin L. West, Marital Rape, Consent, and Human Rights: Comment on “Criminalizing Sexual Violence against Women in Intimate Relationships”, 109 Am. J. Int'l L. (Unbound) 197-201 (2016).   
  • Robin L. West, Hobby Lobby, Birth Control, and Our Ongoing Cultural Wars: Pleasure and Desire in the Crossfires, 26 Health Matrix 67-107 (2016).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Victoria F. Nourse, When Eugenics Became Law, 530 Nature 418 (2016) (reviewing Adam Cohen, Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck (2016)).    [WWW]
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Faculty in the News

"Domestic violence is a tragedy. It's not a predictor of mass murder," by NBC 5 On Your Side, November 15, 2017, with an opinion piece quoting Professor Deborah Epstein.

"How are mass killings and domestic violence linked?," coverage in PBS NewsHour, November 6, 2017, featuring Professor Deborah Epstein.

"WashU Expert: Accommodation laws take the cake in Colorado case," coverage by The Source (Washington University in St. Louis), October 31, 2017, mentioning Professor Nan Hunter.

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