Monday, 6 February 2012

Law and Sexuality

I'm in my fifth year of teaching law and sexuality at Sunderland and although it's a subject that has become much more common at law schools over those years, there are a variety of different approaches taken - and I get the impression they are generally much more conservative, and typically much more feminist driven than my own course.

A couple of news stories in the US recently highlight how this is an area that continues to grow globally.  Rutgers Law School announced with great fanfare that they are running a class in which students are looking at LGBT rights.  Although the story emphasises it's a small class, it is another Law School grappling with the agenda of law and sexuality.

There's a great quote in the Rutgers press release when N.E.H. Hull, a  professor of law at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden who teaches the course says:  "It’s the civil rights issue of the 21st century and it plays into so many areas of law."  Absolutely.

Read the full story here.

Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported that their Law School students headed down to New Orleans during their winter break to volunteer for a range of projects including one with AIDSLaw.  It's another example of Law Schools ensuring that their students are exposed to and engage with a broader socio-legal agenda that includes aspects of sexuality.  Brilliant stuff from the Law Schools and students concerned.

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