Rackley: Why Feminist Legal Scholars Should Write Judgments

In “Why Feminist Legal Scholars Should Write Judgments” Erika Rackley reflects on her participation in the Feminist Judgments Project and the significance of that project as well as those like it. She cites the purpose of the final work as seeking to “alter perceptions of what is considered ‘normal.’”[1] Further, Rackley argues, these judgments, though in some sense fictional, hold a strong basis in fact, creating a world of possibility rather than an alternate reality. Scholars do not attempt to “reinvent or radically reshape the law;”[2] rather they write as if they were the judges, adding legitimacy to the rewritten decision. Her argument draws on the thoughts of participating feminist scholars and is presented logically and in a compelling fashion. If there is any question about the value of feminist judgment projects, Rackley surely puts it to rest.

  1. Rackley, Erika, “Why Feminist Legal Scholars Should Write Judgments: Reflections On The Feminist Judgments Project In England And Wales,”Canadian Journal Of Women And The Law 24, no. 2 (2012): 392.
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