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Women Judges: Judging Gender, Justifying Diversity

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Feenan, Dermot (2008) Women Judges: Judging Gender, Justifying Diversity. Journal of Law and Society, 35 (4). pp. 490-519. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The under-representation of women in judicial office has led to callsfor greater female representation based on an argument that womenoffer a different voice from that of men. This argument has largelyfoundered, and a more recent rationale rests on the need for diversityin the judiciary. However, the disadvantage experienced by womenapplicants to judicial office is rooted in deeply entrenched structuraldiscrimination and exclusion, imbricated in the constitution of thejudge, judging, and judicial authority as male, masculine, white,heterosexual, able-bodied, and class-privileged. Arguments for widerrepresentation in judicial office need to address more effectively howthe judge, judging, and judicial authority are constituted. A survey ofwomen holders of judicial office in Northern Ireland confirms thisexclusion. While few respondents in the survey support the concept of adifferent voice, many identify distinctive approaches which canpotentially enrich notions of judging and judicial authority.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
ID Code:11024
Deposited By:Mr Dermot Feenan
Deposited On:04 Feb 2010 14:26
Last Modified:04 Feb 2010 14:26

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