November 28, 2005 16:05 Age: 8 yrs

Professor Fineman Awarded Prestigious Leverhulme Visiting Professorship

By: Beverly James

Martha A. Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, has been awarded Great Britian's prestigious Leverhulme Visiting Professorship.

Fineman will visit three institutions in Kent, Keele, and Westminster in the United Kingdom in 2006 and 2007. She will deliver a series of Leverhulme Lectures focusing on the theme, "Re-valuing Kinship Relations: Challenges, Conflicts, and Aspirations."  She also will engage in close collaboration with members of the Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality.

Fineman is one of the world's leading feminist theorists and family law scholars. Her theories on intimacy, equality, and dependency are considered groundbreaking. She is director of the Feminist Legal Theory Project at Emory Law School, which has drawn numerous international visitors and has hosted dozens of research seminars. Fineman teaches family, feminist jurisprudence, law and sexuality, and seminars on reproductive issues.

The Leverhulme Trust was founded by William Hesketh Lever, a successful Victorian entrepreneur. He formed the Lever Brothers Company, now known as Unilever, PLC. The Leverhulme Visiting Professorship is one of the most prestigious awards in the United Kingdom.

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