Feminism & Gender Studies

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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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Deborah Epstein Profile
Deborah Epstein
Nan Hunter Profile
Nan Hunter
Naomi Mezey Profile
Naomi Mezey
Susan Ross Profile
Susan Ross
Philomila Tsoukala Profile
Philomila Tsoukala
Robin West Profile
Robin West
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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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  • Victoria F. Nourse, William N. Eskridge, Jr. & Abbe R. Gluck, Statutes, Regulation, and Interpretation: Legislation and Administration in the Republic of Statutes (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014 & Supp. 2016-2017).    [BOOK]
  • Philomila Tsoukala, Judith C. Areen & Marc Spindelman, Family Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press/Thomson Reuters 6th ed. 2012 & Supp. 2015-2017).    [BOOK]
  • 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).   
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Faculty in the News

"Gina Haspel's Shot At CIA Director Could Be Historic For Women. Feminists Say That's Far From A Win.," coverage by Bustle, May 8, 2018, quoting Professor Naomi Mezey.

"What is Trump threatening to do to the Justice Department, exactly?," coverage by The Washington Post, May 2, 2018, quoting Professors Louis Seidman, Victoria Nourse and Paul Butler.

"Manufacturing Consent: Why is it so difficult to wage a legal campaign against sexual harassment?," an opinion piece by Professor Robin West, appearing in The Baffler, May 2018.

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