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Scottish Feminist Judgments Project fundraising success

Two members of staff from the University have cycled 190 miles across Scotland to deliver workshops on feminist judgment writing, and have raised an impressive total of £6,754 for charity.

Professor Sharon Cowan and Dr Chloë Kennedy both work for Edinburgh Law School, and are also coordinators of the Scottish Feminist Judgement Project (SFJP), along with Vanessa Munro from the University of Warwick.

The project focuses on re-imagining the processes and outcomes of judging in key law cases, in a way that is more attentive to issues of gender inequality and power dynamics.

In order to raise money for Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and Scottish Transgender Alliance, the SFJP decided to cycle 190 miles to law schools across the country and deliver their workshops. The trio surpassed their target and raised over £6,700.

It was exhilarating to see how deeply engaged the students were with the idea of seeing law from different perspectives. This shows that there is real potential for critical projects like this to help shape our future legal profession, cultivating not only the necessary skills of close legal analysis and legal writing but also empathy and compassion.

Professor Sharon CowanProfessor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies

Student feedback on the workshops was overwhelmingly positive and indicated a strong desire for more sessions of this kind. Several students wrote that feminist judgments teaching should form part of the mandatory curriculum for law students.

Dr Chloë KennedySenior Lecturer in Criminal Law

Related links

SFJP webpage