New Books on Gender and the Law from Hart!


The Remarkable Story of Rose Heilbron: Trailblazer and Legal Icon

Hilary Heilbron

Rose QC

Re-issued in paperback to mark the centenary of legislation enabling women to enter (join) the professions for the first time in the United Kingdom. 

Rose Heilbron QC (later Dame Rose Heilbron), was an English barrister, who became a world famous icon of the 1950s and 1960s. She was one of the two first women King’s Counsel (later Queen’s Counsel) in 1949 and the first woman Judge in England in 1956 when she became Recorder of Burnley. This biography, written by her daughter Hilary, also a barrister and Queen’s Counsel, charts her rise to prominence and success against the odds, excelling as an advocate and lawyer and later as only the second female High Court Judge in a career spanning nearly 50 years. She broke down many barriers with a string of firsts in the legal profession. She became a pioneer for women at the English Bar and for women generally, championing many women’s causes in an era when it was not fashionable to do so. 

Hilary Heilbron is the only child of the late Rose Heilbron and herself a barrister and Queen’s Counsel. She practises commercial litigation and international arbitration in London and in other jurisdictions and sits as an international arbitrator.

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Scottish Feminist Judgments

(Re)Creating Law from the Outside In

Edited by Sharon Cowan, Chloë Kennedy and Vanessa E Munro

Scottish Feminist Judgements

An innovative collaboration between academics, practitioners, activists and artists, this book rewrites 16 significant Scots law cases, spanning a range of substantive topics, from a feminist perspective. Exposing power, politics and partiality, feminist judges provide alternative accounts that bring gender equity concerns to the fore, whilst remaining bound by the facts and legal authorities encountered by the original court.

Paying particular attention to Scotland’s distinctive national identity, fluctuating experiences of political sovereignty, and unique legal traditions and institutions, this book contributes in a distinctive register to the emerging dialogue amongst feminist judgment projects across the globe. Its judgments address concerns not only about gender equality, but also about the interplay between gender, class, national identity and citizenship in contemporary Scotland.

The book also showcases unique contributions from leading artists which, provoked by the enterprise of feminist judging, or by individual cases, offer a visceral and affective engagement with the legal. The book will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students of Scots law, policy-makers, as well as to scholars of feminist and critical theory, and law and gender, internationally.

Sharon Cowan is Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies at University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Chloë Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Vanessa E Munro is Professor of Law at University of Warwick, England.

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