The course can be followed by law students, students from other relevant disciplines and exchange students. Proficiency in English both orally and in writing.
This survey course on Gender and the Law will compare American law with law from the European Court of Human Rights to investigate the meanings of gender equality. Subjects covered will include constitutional law, employment law, domestic violence, sex work, abortion, and work-family conflict. Students will write a paper instead of an exam, on a topic they choose that is related to the course and approved by the professor. This class will be taught and all requirements completed in English.
Objectives of the course:
1) To teach students to view a wide range of legal topics through a gender lens.
2) To enable students to think about the different meanings gender equality has in different countries.
3) To give a basic level of knowledge of several different areas of the law, including those areas listed above.
4) To teach students about American law and expose them to the American approach to legal education, which focuses on class discussion.
The course is designed to give students a high level of proficiency in viewing law through a gender lens. It is designed to give a basic level of proficiency in comparing American and European law in different areas of law relevant to gender equality. It is also designed to introduce students to a different model of legal education—one that relies as much on class discussion as it does on lecture.
The timetable of this course can be found in uSis
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10
Names of lecturers: Prof Joan Williams
Required preparation by students: reading of assigned readings before class meetings and come ready to discuss them; do a short class presentation; write a paper.
- Required preparation by students: reading of literature/case law before class meetings and prepare written assignments.
More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.
Obligatory course materials
Literature: readings to be posted on Blackboard
Course information guide: outline as posted on Blackboard
Reader: to be announced on Blackboard
Recommended course materials
- To be announced on Blackboard
Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.
Coordinator: Anette van Sandwijk
Werkadres: Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden
Bereikbaarheid: op afspraak via het secretariaat
Telefoon: 071 527 7153
Afdeling: Staats- en bestuursrecht
Kamernummer secretariaat: B1.21
Telefoon secretariaat: 071-527 7760
A maximum of 20 students can participate in this course.