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Researche on Gender inequality in Law – REGINE

Submission summary

In a context of quasi unexisting legal scholarship on gender issues in France -a situation which contrasts greatly with the dynamism of such approaches abroad- REGINE aims at anchoring feminist legal theory within the French academic landscape. On a overall duration of 36 months, REGINE is structured around three main axes:

1. First, REGINE offers to be an importer/translator and thus to acculturate the French scientific debate in the legal field to theoretical elaborations on what a gender perspective reveals of the Law -elaborations that, to this day, have mainly proliferated in foreign academic settings and received an echo in international more than national legal arenas. REGINE thus aims at disseminating the main theoretical "acquis" of feminist legal theory as it has developed in anglo-american contexts. Simultaneously, it aims at complementing the presentation of that theoretical acquis with an analysis of its impact in a number of international and European arenas, thus providing with an study of the normative impact of the feminist paradigm within legal studies.

2. REGINE will then analyze a number of branches of French law with a gendered perspective; it thus aims at revealing, be it the case, the extent to which French legal norms, categories and/or institutions uphold or foster gender equality. The research template will thus include a census of situations in which French law distinguishes between sexes, as well as one of the rules and principles that structurally disadvantage women despite their facially neutral semantics. Studies of the kind will unfold in the fields of: labour law, social protection law, health and bioethics law, sex law, tax law, civil law (family, persons, obligations), business law, tort law, institutional/constitutional law, administrative law (civil service especially). This will be allowed by the sheer complementarity between the three partners involved in REGINE (the CREDOF, the CRD&P and the Chair Droit de la Santé at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).

3. Finally, REGINE wishes to cultivate the critical potential of feminist legal theory, throughout tentative reconceptualizations and redefinitions of some concepts to contemporary legal thought such as: democracy, liberty, citizenship, « droit subjectif », responsability... This theoretical output of REGINE will be complemented by the proposal (and actual experimentation) of a redefinition of teaching modes and methods in legal curricula. This inclusion of a reflection on teaching within the modes of research dissemination also goes hand in hand with seminars of research-action, aimed at associating civil society associations and NGOs to the reflection on Gender and the law, and to the overall findings of the research project.

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Help of the ANR 279,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: October 2011 - 36 Months

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