Instructor(s): Rebecca Cook

For graduate students, the course number is LAW6021H.

This course satisfies either the Perspective or the International/Comparative/Transnational
course requirement.

Note: Students may find it helpful to have taken or be taking Public International Law and International Human Rights Law (or equivalent).

This course serves as a pre-requisite to some of the international human rights internships.

Note: Students are advised that no class is scheduled on Tuesday, September 4. The first class will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

This course addresses various projects that have rewritten national judgments affecting womens interests from feminist perspectives, in order to consider how this methodology might be applied to rewrite regional and international human rights decisions concerning women. The rewriting projects have been undertaken in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the US, and are in progress, for instance, in Latin America. Classes will explore such questions as: i. what are the attributes of judgment writing necessary to call a decision feminist at the national level; ii. how are these attributes applicable at the regional and international levels; and iii. how does the difference between national, regional and international levels matter. Judgments will be selected from various constitutional and human rights tribunals to address a variety of legal concerns that are of transnational interest to women, including their rights to culture, conscience and equality. The course aims to go beyond a formalistic understanding of legal obligations, in order to examine different perspectives on advancing the rights of all women in different contexts.

80% written work in the form of three short papers (about 2,100-2,500 words each) analyzing the reading materials assigned for class. One paper must be written for each of the three seminar parts. A limited number of students may arrange with the professor to write a SUYRP in the course. If a student completes the SUYRP, that paper will constitute 80% of the grade and will replace the three short papers.

At a Glance

First Term
Perspective course


13 JD
3 Political Science and 2 MGA students


T: 2:10 - 4:00