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Academics complete workshops tour by bike

16 October 2019

Professor Sharon Cowan and Dr Chloë Kennedy of Edinburgh Law School, along with Professor Vanessa Munro of the University of Warwick, have completed a cycle tour of 200 miles to deliver a series of Scottish Feminist Judgments Project (SFJP) workshops.

As well as leading workshops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, and Aberdeen, the tour was a fundraising activity, ultimately raising more than £6,700 for Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and the Scottish Transgender Alliance.

The SFJP is part of a global series that aims to imagine how important legal cases might have been decided differently if the judge had adopted a feminist perspective.

After completing the tour, Professor Cowan said: “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.”

Dr Kennedy added: "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."

 

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