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DLSWednesday 16th March 2016, 2-5pm (lunch from 1pm)
Institute of Advanced Studies, Palace Green, Durham University

Organised by Gender & Law at Durham (GLAD)


Using Law in Response to Domestic Abuse: Women’s Experiences

Professor Heather Douglas, University of Queensland, IAS Fellow 2015-2016

This paper reports on early findings from a longitudinal study (over three years) of women’s engagement with law as a response to domestic abuse. The aim of the project is to identify how, when, why and with what effect women from diverse backgrounds use legal processes to help them move towards abuse free lives and how engagement with law varies over time.  So far 62 women have been recruited and interviewed with the assistance of a variety of community organisations and private lawyers in Brisbane Australia.  Issues addressed in this paper include the interviewees’ reasons for their initial engagement with the legal system and the selection of particular legal pathways and their experience of these pathways.

Restorative Approaches and Domestic Abuse: pitfalls and possibilities

Professor Clare McGlynn and Professor Nicole Westmarland, Durham University

At a time when the police are said to be ‘overwhelmed’ by ‘staggering’ levels of domestic abuse, is there a role for restorative justice? Drawing on data we secured from police forces across the UK on their use of restorative justice in cases of domestic abuse, we analyse current practices in this area and consider any lessons to be learned. We also examine the potential risks in using restorative approaches, particularly in cases of intimate partner violence, as well as the possibilities for new ways to challenge domestic abuse and bring a sense of justice to survivors.

Examining ‘medium risk’ amongst female survivors of domestic abuse

Dr Clare Gunby and Dr Rebecca Barnes, Leicester University

Risk assessment is an integral part of police responses to domestic violence. To date, however, police response has prioritised those survivors identified as ‘high risk’ of domestic abuse. This has meant that those classed as ‘medium risk’ often slip through the intervention net, as well as the category remaining largely under-theorised. This paper discusses key findings from a process and outcome evaluation of an innovative support intervention in Nottinghamshire for women experiencing medium risk, repeat domestic abuse. In doing so, we examine what the medium risk category looks like, consider the challenges of working with this diverse group of survivors and consider what counts (and should count) as success when evaluating the intervention.


Karen Ingala Smith, @CountDeadWomen, PhD candidate Durham University

Dr Fiona Vera Gray, Leverhulme Research Fellow, Durham University


For further information, contact Clare.McGlynn@durham.ac.uk

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bmghm  Birmingham Law School, Thursday 3rd September 2015 (14:00-16:00)


Professor Martha Fineman will be attending this event to discuss her work, which addresses complex and boundary transcending themes of human vulnerability and resilience. Responses from PGR students will be provided, before group discussions and refreshments. Reading will consist of two of Professor Fineman’s recent papers and will be circulated in advance.

This is a great opportunity for postgraduates to meet and discuss their work with the leading international feminist scholar, Professor Fineman, when she visits the University of Birmingham in September. This postgraduate discussion group is due to take place on Thursday 3 September from 2-4pm at Birmingham Law School. More details can be found here.

This is a free event open to PGR students. Spaces are limited so please register here.

For further questions, email: Jaime Lindsey (j.t.lindsey@bham.ac.uk)

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Birmingham Law School’s Annual Summer PGR Conference Call for Papers

“Law’s Impact in the Real World”

Organised by: Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham

Date: 9th June 2015

Speakers: Skills sessions focussed on “Law’s impact” provided by Professor Rosie Harding, Professor Erika Rackley, Dr Rosa Freedman and keynote speaker TBC (more…)

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Shami 2 (1)_03rd March 2015, 17.00 – 18.30

Calman Learning Centre,  Room CLC203

Shami Chakrabarti is one of the UK’s leading Human Rights activists. She has been Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) since 2003. In 2011, she was appointed as one of six independent assessors advising Lord   Justice Leveson in the Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press. Her first book, On Liberty, was recently published by Allen Lane.

Copies of On Liberty will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

The conversation is open to all. Students and non-university members warmly welcome.

Following the Conversation, refreshments will be provided in Durham Law School

For more information, email laura.graham@durham.ac.uk

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A Two-Day Symposium: Thursday 18th – Friday 19th September 2014

Durham Law School, Durham University

Registration is now open

In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code, holding that they violate sex workers’ constitutional right to security of the person, and gave the Canadian Parliament one year to come up with new legislation, should it decide to do so. This landmark decision marked the first successful human rights challenge to the criminalisation of sex workers.

The conference will bring together academics, practitioners and activists from Canada and the UK, to think about the impact of the Bedford v Canada case in Canada, how it might provide lessons to the UK, and what human rights and a human rights challenge might look like for sex workers in the UK.

We welcome papers from academics, sex workers and activists and are open to alternative forms of presentation.

Key Speakers:

  • Maggie O’ Neill (Durham University)
  • John Lowman (Simon Fraser University)
  • Nick Mai (London Metropolitan University)
  • Niki Adams and Laura Watson (English Collective of Prostitutes)
  • Rosie Campbell (Genesis)
  • Georgina Perry (Open Doors)
  • Jenn Clamen (Stella)
  • Amy Lebovitch (SPOC; plaintiff in Bedford v Canada)

Also showing ‘Normal’ – a film on migrant sex work by Professor Nick Mai

Programme of the two days available here: SW and HR Programme FINAL

Abstracts of papers available here:  SW and HR Abstracts

For more information about the event, please contact the organiser Laura Graham at laura.graham@dur.ac.uk.

This two day event is kindly sponsored by the Modern Law Review and supported by Gender and Law at Durham and the Centre for Sex Gender and Sexuality.

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Mark McCormack, Durham UniversityMcCormackHeadshot

One of the most significant social trends of the past thirty years in the UK has been the reduction of homophobia. And yet, sexual minorities remain under-represented at the top levels of sport, politics and business, hate crimes about sexual minorities have not dissipated and many people remain closeted in aspects of their lives. In order to address these issues, The Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities at Durham University is hosting a Sociological Review one-day symposium on Monday 30th June that seeks to understand the complexity of LGBT lives in contemporary Britain—a country that has undergone a transformation in attitudes toward sexual minorities that is reflected in the removal of homophobic discrimination.


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durham-women-risingAs part of the Durham Women Rising Festival, Durham Women Rising will be hosting One Billion Rising For Justice: A Public Awareness-Raising Event in Durham on Friday 14th February 2014.

One Billion Rising for Justice will take place 11.30am-3pm in Durham Market Place, and will include: music from the Ladies of the Midnight Blue (http://www.hannabiell.com/ladies-of-midnight-blue.html);  speeches from the Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, and Nicole Westmarland; information stalls, and much more.

Durham Women Rising, based on the global One Billion Rising project, aims to empower women and girls in the county through creative endeavours, support work and campaigning.

Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse launched the campaign in December last year as part of a bid to eliminate violence against women and girls in County Durham.

For more information, see: http://durhamwomenrising.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/dwr-programme.pdf and to get involved with Durham Women Rising, email durhamwomenrising@gmail.com

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The North East Feminist Gathering is a celebration of local feminism in all its multifaceted amorphous glory.

It aims to bring together the feminist, pro-feminist and femi-curious population of the North East through a series of workshops, discussions and artistic endeavours. A wonderful mix of theory, practical activism, debate, skills you always wanted to develop and interesting sessions to make you smile and rejuvenate your activism…

An event for women by women.

The weekend will culminate in an evening event for participants showcasing a line-up hand-picked from the regions fizzing creative underbelly.

Free crèche facilities – open arts space – film screenings in our feminist cinema space.

For further information and to register: http://www.nefeministgathering.com/

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Bodies of Law / Law and the Body

An interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early-career academics in the area of law, gender and sexuality

Friday 30 March 2012

School of Law, University of Westminster, London, UK


Law mediates various power structures and is interwoven with numerous other knowledges that participate in the construction, normalization and regulation of bodies, such as medicine, social media, religion and the nation-state. Numerous feminist legal scholars have commented on law’s intimate relationship to, for example, medical discourses, arguing that the shape of legal power has changed to more regulatory and disciplinary forms. Inevitably law’s relationship to bodies/states of embodiment alters as it takes on these increasingly pervasive roles. One might conclude that the notion of a space where the law will not intervene is a liberal fantasy, out of step with the reality of law’s operations. How, then, should law be evaluated and/or harnessed?

Our interdisciplinary one-day workshop aims to cover these and other issues pertaining to law and the body.

Venue – Room CLG.09, New Cavendish Site, 115 New Cavendish St, University of Westminster http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/visit-us/directions/cavendish

Conference fees – £15; includes lunch and refreshments

Registration– registration closes 20/03/12.  Places are limited. Please click link and follow on screen payment instructions https://epayments.westminster.ac.uk/webpublicecs/newpay.asp

Further information – please see our website at http://clgs-pecans.org.uk/ or contact Nikki Godden at n.m.godden@durham.ac.uk

Download the programme here: PECANS 2012 Provisional programme

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The Newcastle Women’s Collective (with the Newcastle Feminist Society) would like to invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Cluny 2, Ouseburn, Newcastle, Wednesday 7 March from 7.30pm (*women only*). Tickets on the door at £3 minimum donation.

Join us to celebrate women and women’s achievements through live music, art, the spoken word and more! The line-up includes:

Live Music

Iceni https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iceni/117104391717999?sk=app_178091127385

Miss Danby http://www.myspace.com/cheersmedusa

Comedy and Poetry

Pippa Little http://www.biscuitpublishing.com/comp/pippa.htm

Kate Fox http://www.katefox.co.uk/

An all women Suggestibles line up – the mayhem will be managed by the amazing Bev Fox: http://www.thesuggestibles.co.uk/


Roweena Russell

Kate Sweeney

For updates and further information see http://www.newcastlewomenscollective.co.uk/

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