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Gender Relevant Legislative Change

Gender-Relevant Legislative Change in Muslim and Non-Muslim Countries
March 30-31, 2007

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Jointly supported by the Washington and Lee University Frances Lewis Law Center and the Islamic Legal Studies Program of the Harvard Law School.

This symposium on gender-relevant legislative change invites explicit comparisons of the position of women in Muslim and non-Muslim countries. The easing of patriarchal norms as well as the formal commitment to equality has been relatively recent everywhere. Socalled "second-wave" feminism and the associated gains in women's employment and political and educational achievement are the accomplishment of a single generation, still very much alive and active. Thus, the comparative endeavor need not begin with an assumption of positional superiority but may be a discourse about the concrete and particular legal manifestations of how gender is lived and how women struggle and advance.


A distinguished multi-disciplinary group of international scholars and activists will address this comparison including:

Michele Alexandre
University of Memphis Law School

Zainah Anwar
Sisters in Islam, Malaysia

Mark Cammack
Southwestern Law School

Mounira Maya Charrad,
University of Texas

Varsha Chitnis
Visiting Scholar, Levin College of Law at the University of Florida

Martha Albertson Fineman,
Emory Law School

Marie-Claire Foblets
Louvain University, Belgium

Louise Halper
Washington and Lee Law School

Martin Lau
Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School and SOAS, London

Ruth A. Miller
University of Massachusetts-Boston

Ziba Mir-Hosseini
New York University Law School and SOAS, London

Amira Sonbol
Georgetown University

Adrien Wing
University of Iowa Law School

Danaya Wright
Levin College of Law at the University of Florida


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