Category Archives: Gender & Sexuality and the Law

Call for Papers: Indigenous Mothering, Family and Community: International Perspectives

Call for Papers:

The voices of Indigenous women worldwide have long been silenced by colonial oppression and institutions of patriarchal dominance. Recent generations of powerful Indigenous women have begun speaking out so that their positions of respect within their families and communities might be reclaimed. As part of this process of reinvigorating our spirits we are compiling a volume exploring the issues surrounding and impacting Indigenous mothering, family and community in a variety of contexts internationally. We welcome submissions from Indigenous mothers, scholars, students, activists, workers, artists, and any others interested in the experiences and knowledges of Indigenous mothering, families and communities in either historical or contemporary societies.

The deadline for abstracts is January 7, 2013.

Contact Information:

Dr. Dawn Harvard

Dr. Kim Anderson


Call for Papers: Forced Migration Review

Call for Papers:

This issue of FMR will address questions such as the following:

  • What are the different state practices in asylum for recognising sexual orientation or gender identity as grounds for claiming a well-founded fear of persecution?
  • Do existing legal instruments protect LGBTI people’s rights in respect of displacement and how are those instruments enforced?
  • What are the practices in reception, detention, status determination and resettlement for LGBTI people, whether their gender identity or sexual orientation is the cause of their claim for asylum or not?
  • What examples of good practice are there in reception, detention, status determination and resettlement?
  • What can we learn from local initiatives to protect LGBTI rights and prevent persecution and displacement?
  • Is data about the legal and cultural position of LGBTI people included in Country of Origin Information?
  • Is discrimination by states and by others on the grounds of gender identity and/or sexual orientation given due weight by those states considering asylum claims? Are non-stereotypical relationships given fair or equal consideration in matters of asylum and resettlement?
  • How can government agencies, service providers and displaced communities enhance the protection of displaced LGBTI people?
  • Are there particular aspects relating to age – either young or old – that need to be considered?

The deadline for submission of articles is December 3, 2012.

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Call for Papers: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Posthumous Reproduction

The Journal of Law and Health (Cleveland-Marshall) invites submissions for its Annual Symposium: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Posthumous Reproduction. The submission deadline is October 1, 2012.

Recently, in Astrue v. Capato, the Supreme Court held that children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent were not automatically entitled to survivor benefits under the Social Security law. The Court stated that the children’s eligibility to receive the benefits depended upon their ability to inheritance under the state’s intestacy system.

Areas of interest for this special journal issue include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • What steps are necessary to protect the financial interests of posthumously conceived children?
  • What regulations are needed to protect the reproductive rights of the dead gamete provider?
  • What steps are necessary to address the legal, moral and ethical consequences of posthumous reproduction?
  • What impact, if any, will the United States Supreme Court decision in Astrue v. Capato have on posthumous reproduction?
  • Do the dead have a fundamental right to procreate?
  • Should posthumously conceived children be treated like heirs under the intestacy system?
  • Whether health insurance should cover the expense of posthumous reproduction?

Please submit a 600-word abstract describing your topic and a copy of your curriculum vitae by October 1, 2012 to Journal of Law and Health at Please include “Submission: Annual Symposium” in the subject line. The symposium is tentatively scheduled for March 2013.

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Call for Papers: Title IX and Transgender Rights

Call for Papers:

The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society will present its 2013 symposium, Transcending Gender Lines: Title IX and Transgender Rights, in Feb. 2013. Abstracts for the call for papers are due October 15, 2012.

We are seeking original scholarship, from both scholars and practitioners, addressing the current state of Title IX application in relation to the rights of transgender individuals.

Ideally, proposals would highlight:

  • An analysis of the effectiveness of current Title IX implementation in prohibiting sex-discrimination of transgender individuals.
  • Recommendations as to how Title IX implementation could be improved to address issues particular to the needs of transgender individuals.

Topics could include: judicial decisions opening the door for Title IX’s application to transgender individuals, the current scope of Title IX’s application to harassment of transgender individuals (including sexual harassment, bullying at schools, on athletic teams, and online, sexual abuse); the effectiveness of measures state and local governments have enacted to protect the transgender rights under Title IX.

Interested parties should send an abstract to by October 15, 2012. Those selected for the Symposium will be notified by November 2012. The Journal’s Symposium issue will be published in Fall 2013.

Contact Information:

Jill Parikh
Symposium Editor

Call for Papers: Applied Feminism and Families

Call for Papers:

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Sixth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.

This conference seeks to explore how feminist legal theory affects families in the United States and abroad. We are interested in including both family law experts and experts who consider issues facing families from other legal perspectives. Papers might explore the following questions:

  • What have been the accomplishments or shortcomings of feminist legal theory for families?
  • How might feminist legal theory respond to the challenges facing families?
  • What sort of support should society and law provide to families?
  • Does feminist legal theory support state interventions into family life? In what circumstances?
  • How do law and feminist legal theory conceptualize the roles of family members, including mothers, fathers, caretakers, children, and others?
  • How does feminist legal theory help us understand changes in the institution of marriage and family structure?
  • How do the needs of families vary across cultural, economic, religious, and other differences?
  • Are theories of essentialism and intersectionality necessary or helpful in shaping laws that impact families?
  • In what areas outside of family law could or should feminist legal theory be applied to assist families?

To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract by 5 p.m. on October 26, 2012, to Professor Michele Gilman at  In the subject or “re” line of your submission, you must type: CAF conference submission. It is essential that your abstract contain your full contact information, including an email, phone number, and mailing address where you can be reached. Abstracts should be no longer than one page. Practitioners’ and activists’ papers need not follow a strictly academic format, but all paper proposals should address the conference theme. We will notify presenters of selected papers in mid-November. We anticipate being able to have twelve paper presenters during the conference on Friday, March 8, 2013. All working drafts of papers will be due no later than February, 15, 2013. All abstracts and drafts will be posted on the Center on Applied Feminism’s conference website to be shared with other participants and attendees.

Contact Information:

Prof. Michele Gilman

Call for Papers: Journal of Feminist Scholarship

Call for Papers:

The Journal of Feminist Scholarship invites submissions that are not currently under consideration or published elsewhere, either in print or in electronic format. The JFS, at this time, can only accept completed work; the editors cannot offer feedback on work in progress.

The Journal of Feminist Scholarship is committed to encouraging a discussion of feminist thought and feminist scholarship for the twenty-first century, their directions today and their relationship to the foundations laid down by twentieth-century feminist inquiry and action. We aim to publish work that explores the multiple theoretical paradigms and political agendas of contemporary feminism and the potential intersections and tensions between these paradigms and agendas. We are especially interested in examining productive controversies and divergences between local and global contexts of feminism. We also welcome submissions that focus on feminist pedagogies and activism.

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2012 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair

Date(s) of Conference:

August 23-25, 2012


Washington, D.C.


Each year, the National LGBT Bar Association hosts the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair to bring together the best and brightest legal minds in the LGBT community. 

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