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BDRO 1550A - Gender and Queer Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

This course first covers gender issues such as employment discrimination, sexual harassment, reproductive rights and how feminist legal theory has questioned the way the law is constructed and applied according to certain stereotypical views of sexual identity and roles of women. The seminar also investigates how queer theory has influenced the legal field by rejecting traditional gender identities which do not fully encompass the issues which concern the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual population. In a comparative perspective, what do we learn from these different legal standpoints as we encounter changes in family law and employment law? How does queer theory influence gender law? Can we discover new ways to consider legal concepts such as consent, personal autonomy and discrimination?

Teachers

  • GAYET, Anne-Claire (Chargée de formation pour mineurs isolés étrangers)
  • MERCAT BRUNS, Marie (Affiliated Professor at Sciences Po Law School and Associated Tenured Law Professor at CNAM (LISE, CNRS))

Pedagogical format

First hour : presentation of theoretical and comparative analysis of legal issue through the prism of gender law and queer theory. Second hour: interactive session on case analysis and commentary.

Course validation

Class evaluation 20% comprised of : weekly question to send on course material readings ; oral controversy in class with other students and midterm paper on case law 80% of grade : final critical paper on issue pertaining to the class

Workload

Read class material for each class and prepare case analysis or summarize critical legal studies reading.

Required reading

  • Mercat-Bruns, Marie. Discrimination at Work: Comparing European, French, and American Law. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/luminos.11
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, Le droit de la non discrimination : une nouvelle discipline en droit privé ? Recueil Dalloz, janv. 2017, p.224
  • M Mercat-Bruns, L'identification de la discrimination systémique RDT 2015, p. 672
  • Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations Edited by Martha Albertson Fineman, Jack E. Jackson, Adam P. Romero (2009)
  • Janet Halley, Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism (Princeton University Press 2006).

Additional required reading

  • Daniel Borillo, Le droit des sexualités, PUF 2009
  • Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity Routledge (1990)
  • J. Radin, Contested Commodities Harvard University Press 1996
  • Katherine Bartlett, Deborah Rhodes, Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, and Commentary Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2006
  • Elsa Dorlin, Sexe, Genre et Sexualités PUF 2008
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, Harcèlement sexuel au travail en France: entre rupture et continuité, Quel genre de droit ? Lectures féministes du droit français, REGINE (Ed. CNRS 2014)
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, Discriminations en droit du travail : dialogue avec la doctrine américaine, Dalloz 2013
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, La doctrine américaine sur les discriminations et le genre : dialogue entre la critique du droit et la pratique, Jurisprudence critique n°3 2011, p. 93
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, L. Cluzel, Discriminations dans l'emploi, Etude comparative de la jurisprudence du Conseil d'Etat et de la Cour de cassation, étude proposée à la Halde (La Documentation Française, 2011)
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, Egalité salariale, discriminations individuelles et systémiques in Les discriminations entre les hommes et les femmes, dir. F. Milewski et H. Périvier Presses de Sciences Po 2011, p. 117
  • R. Siegel, C. McKinnon, Directions in Sexual Harassment Law, Yale University Press 2004
  • Hugues Fulchiron (sous la direct), Mariage-Conjugalité, Parenté-Parentalité, Thèmes et commentaires , Dalloz 2009.
  • Andrew Parker, Janet Halley After Sex?: On Writing Since Queer Duke University Press (July 2007).
  • M. Minow, Making All the Difference : inclusion, exclusion and American Law, Cornell University Press 1990
  • R. Siegel, C. McKinnon, Directions in Sexual Harassment Law, Yale University Press 2004
  • Hugues Fulchiron (sous la direct), Mariage-Conjugalité, Parenté-Parentalité, Thèmes et commentaires , Dalloz 2009
  • Andrew Parker, Janet Halley After Sex?: On Writing Since Queer Duke University Press (July 2007)
  • William Eskridge Case for Same Sex Marriages: From Sexual Liberty to Civilized Commitment Free Press 1996
  • Judith, Butler (1993). Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex'. New York: Routledge
  • J. Friedman, The Law of Employment Discrimination, Cases and Materials, Foundation Press 2007 Sixth Ed. (with supplement)
  • Marie Mercat-Bruns (dir.) Personne et discrimination: perspectives historiques et compares, Dalloz Thème et commentaire, 2006 (in French)