Feminist legal scholar and Queen’s Law professor Bev Baines was presenting her paper, “Women Judges on Constitutional Courts: Why not nine women?” while attending a plenary panel discussion at the ICON-S conference recently when she raised the question of why feminist perspectives were not considered more often in court decisions.
The panel consisted of Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, Justice Marta Cartabia of the Constitutional Court of Italy and Judge András Sajó of the European Court of Human Rights at the International Society of Public Law conference in Copenhagen earlier this month. During this panel, the judges discussed how they look to judgments from other courts when making their decisions. The discussion prompted Baines to ask them: What about looking at judgments from feminist perspectives?
The Feminist Judgments Project is a global initiative that began in Canada in 2004, where lawyers, scholars and activists rewrite court decisions using feminist perspectives.