Mount Florida Gallery & Studios Exhibition

From April 24 – April 28 the works of our eight creative contributors were exhibited at Mount Florida Gallery & Studios. In addition to previously exhibited work (see https://www.sfjp.law.ed.ac.uk/2019/02/14/sfjp-at-south-block/), the show featured new works by Jill Kennedy-McNeill, Jess Orr and Ali Burns. Orr’s short story, ‘A Woman’s Anatomy’, draws links between the dehumanising language that was used to describe Sophia Jex-Blake and the Edinburgh Seven and medical language of the time. Burns’ choral composition, ‘Absentia’, is written as a ‘mirrored’ piece using text taken from Jay Whittaker’s Scottish Feminist Judgments Project poem, ‘Not Here’. Kennedy-McNeill’s ‘Cailleach’ draws on Gaelic mythology

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SFJP at 100 Years of Women in Law

On Monday April 15th, our three academic co-ordinators took part in an event at the University of Glasgow celebrating 100 years of women in law, to mark the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. It was an immensely enjoyable and inspiring day. After a welcome from one of the organisers, Maria Fletcher, The Hon Lady Wolffe QC made some opening remarks. Following this, there were some reflections from various women who currently practise law and a fascinating talk by Dana Denis Smith, the founder of the First100Years project https://first100years.org.uk. Alison Lindsay, archivist and Head of Legal and Historical

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SFJP at South Block

On Tuesday Feb 12 2019, we held a preview of many of the creative responses to the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project at South Block, Glasgow.   The exhibition features poetry written by Jay Whittaker in response to the provocation by ‘sexual infidelity’ case of Drury; illustrations by Rachel Donaldson in response to the aims and ethos of the project; performance art created by Sofia Nakou and Becky O’Brien in response to the Jex-Blake case; photos of Sharon Cowan and Chloë Kennedy taken by Jo Spiller to illustrate the gendered norms of portraiture and in response to the lack of public depictions of women; and

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SFJP at RebLaw 2019

On Saturday February 9 2019, two of our project co-ordinators, Chloë Kennedy and Sharon Cowan, presented at the second Scottish RebLaw conference at the University of Glasgow. Reblaw is a conference about rebellious lawyering, designed to think about how law can be used as a tool for social justice. The programme touched on many pressing topics, including (amongst others) workers’ rights in the gig economy, migration rights and the right to quality housing.   Sharon and Chloë were part of a panel on ‘innovative approaches to obtaining justice for victims of sexual crimes’ with Sandy Brindley (Chief Executive of Rape Crisis Scotland) and

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Interview with SFJP co-ordinators

Our four project co-ordinators – Sharon Cowan, Vanessa Munro, Chloë Kennedy and Jill Kennedy-McNeill were really pleased to be interviewed by the women who run REEK perfume. Their website hosts various features and interviews on women’s history, feminism, equality, and how to memorialise women. You can read the interview here: https://reekperfume.com/scottish-feminist-judgements-project/

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Scottish Feminist Judgments Project: An Insight

On Thursday 8th November, the Faculty of Advocates hosted a Scottish Public Law Group event that centred on the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project. The event, which was chaired by Lady Carmichael, Senator of the College of Justice, involved a short presentation on the project by Chloë Kennedy (University of Edinburgh), one of the project co-ordinators and judgment writers, which was followed by discussion of two of the public law judgments that are being rewritten for the project.

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Works-In-Progress Meeting

On December 14 2017, we held our interim works-in-progress meeting with the majority of our feminist judges and one of our commentators. At the meeting, each judge gave a short overview of the case they are re-writing – its facts, the decision, and the broader context – and indicated the direction in which they anticipate taking their own, feminist judgment. The judge then highlighted particular issues on which they were seeking feedback. The issues ranged from technical, legal points through to how to adopt the appropriate judicial voice whilst retaining authenticity. After this, there was a short period of discussion,

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Exciting news

We are very pleased to announce that we received an Innovation Initiative Grant from the University of Edinburgh to help support the artistic stream of our project: https://www.ed.ac.uk/development-alumni/iig   We’ve also published a short piece outlining the project in SCOLAG, the journal of the Scottish Legal Action Group: http://www.scolag.org/journal/current_issue

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