Sue Westwood, PhD Candidate
Keele University School of Law - Staffordshire, England
Sue is a PhD candidate at the School of Law, Keele University, England. Sue’s academic qualifications include: BSc (Hons) Human Psychology; MSc Gerontology (Distinction) from the University of Southampton; Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, Surrey; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights from Keele University. Sue also holds other academic and professional qualifications from a previous career in health and social care, including an MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Distinction) from Middlesex University, London. Sue is a freelance equality researcher and trainer and also a sessional tutor in Law at Keele University. Sue’s doctoral thesis is on ageing lesbian, gay and bisexual identities and experiences of harassment in housing, health and social care provision for older people, within the context of new UK equality legislation which specifically excludes protection from harassment beyond the workplace.
Roja Fazaeli, PhD
Lecturer in Islamic Studies, The School of Religions and Theology, Trinity College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland
Roja Fazaeli is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the School of Religions and Theology, Trinity College Dublin. She also lectures human rights at the Irish School Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. Roja gained her BA and MPhil. from Trinity College Dublin and PhD in International Human Rights Law from National University of Ireland Galway. Previous to joining Trinity, she worked for Amnesty International, Irish Section and a number of other Non-Governmental Organisations. Roja previously served on the executive boards of the Irish Refugee Council and UNIFEM Ireland. She is currently on the executive board of Amnesty International, Irish Section, the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies and the editorial board of the Journal of Religions and Human Rights.
Roja has published a number of academic articles and book chapters on Islam and women, her research focuses mainly on Iran.
Jennifer Hendricks, JD
Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law
Jennifer Hendricks teaches and writes about gender, constitutional family law, and federalism. The main focus of her current work is the law’s response to sex differences, especially pregnancy. Her article Essentially a Mother, proposing a relationship model for pregnancy, won Honorable Mention in the AALS Scholarly Papers Competition in 2007. Her most recent work in this area, developing the relationship model as a woman-centered basis for a theory of reproductive rights, appears in the Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review and in an international collection of feminist constitutional theory forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Professor Hendricks has also written about topics ranging from preemption of tort claims to reform of the electoral college.
Before joining the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Professor Hendricks received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard; clerked on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; and practiced law in Helena, Montana, where she specialized in constitutional, employment, and discrimination cases. In her practice, she successfully challenged illegal voter-redistricting and vote-counting, helped high school girls win equal sports opportunities, won access to government documents for reporters and private citizens, and defended several newspapers and ESPN against defamation claims. She also represented victims of harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation.
While at Harvard, Professor Hendricks served as a research assistant for Professor Laurence Tribe and taught legal reasoning and analysis. Her third-year paper on the Violence Against Women Act won the Notre Dame Feminist Jurisprudence Prize. She received her B.A. with honors in mathematics and women’s studies from Swarthmore College.
JaeWon Kim, JD, SJD
Professor of Law, Sungkyunkwan Law School - Seoul, Korea
JaeWon Kim is Professor of Law at Sungkyunkwan University Law School in Seoul, Korea, where he teaches Law & Society, Legal Ethics, Disability Law and Comparative Law. Sungkyunkwan, formerly known as the Royal Confucian Academy, was established in 1398 and is a leading research university financially supported by SAMSUNG. After he has served in his University as Associate Dean for JD Program, Professor Kim is now directing the Law School’s international programs. Currently visiting Harvard Law School, Professor Kim is Director of the Korea Program at Harvard Law School Project on Disability.
Professor Kim received law degrees from American University Washington College of Law (J.D. and LL.M) and was honored as a Dean’s Fellow. He also received a JSD degree from Cornell University, where he was a Clarke Fellow. His Doctorate dissertation analyzed the Confucian legal culture and its impact on women in South Korea, and it was supervised by Professor Martha Fineman.
While actively participating in major NGOs and law reform activities in Korea, Professor Kim had been a member of the Legal Education Committee of the Presidential Commission on Education Reform. He contributed a chapter to Raising the Bar, edited by William Alford (Harvard University Press, 2007) based on his law reform activities. A regular contributor to Korean Journal of Law & Society, Professor Kim has also served as President of the Korean Association of Law and Society.
Anna Grear, LLB, BCL
Senior Lecturer in Law, Bristol Law School; Head of the International Law and Human Rights Research Unit; Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
Anna Grear is founder and Co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, founder of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), founder of the Vulnerability Network and co-founder, with Martha Fineman of the Vulnerability and Human Condition Collaboration (a partnership between UWE and Emory).
Anna is a legal theorist whose work focuses largely upon questions related to law’s construction of the human being and the human relationship with the world, broadly conceived. Her work calls on insights from a range of disciplines despite being firmly located within a combination of critical legal theory and jurisprudence. She has a particular interest in the themes of legal subjectivity and vulnerability, locating these themes in relation to contemporary globalisation and to a central concern with the implications of the materiality of the living order – including the theme of embodiment. Anna is currently working on a monograph, a series of articles and four co-edited collections. She is also series editor of a new series, Law, Justice and Ecology, recently established by Glasshouse Press, part of Routledge Cavendish. For more information regarding the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, visit the website.
Miro Yoo, JD, LLM
Research Judge of the Constitutional Court of Korea
Mira Yoo is a Research Judge of the Constitutional Court of Korea. As a Research Judge, she is engaged in producing reports on cases, which mainly involve constitutional complaints, but may also include competence disputes, and constitutional review of statutes.
Judge Yoo holds a bachelor’s degree of political science from Yonsei University and is enrolled in the master’s program in constitutional law at Yonsei University. She passed the Korean bar exam in 2002 and finished 2 years training course in Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court. During the training course, she also served as a legal intern in a District Court and a District Prosecutor’s Office.
Prior to working at the Constitutional Court, Judge Yoo was a public prosecutor, investigating and prosecuting criminal cases at the District Prosecutor’s Office. Judge Yoo’s research interests include exploring the principles and polices that are particularly related to gender equality, affirmative justice and prevention of sexual offences. Her current focus is on these principles and theories as they unfold in U.S. Constitutional law, as well as considering governmental policies that can protect youth and women from sexual assault.
While at Emory as a Visiting Scholar for the 2011-2012 academic year, Judge Yoo will participate in a research project focused on polices in Constitutional Law, particularly related to gender equality, affirmative justice and sexual offences and a comparative study of U.S. law and Korean law with Professor Martha Fineman.
Sarah Stephens, JD
Litigator practicing in Atlanta, Georgia
Sarah M. Stephens is a litigator currently practicing in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Emory University, Sarah received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2004. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law with her Juris Doctor in 2008. Upon graduation from law school, Sarah served as a judicial term clerk for Judge G. Ernest Tidwell in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia and Chief Judge William B. Traxler, Jr. at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is active in the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers and Georgia Women for a Change.
Sarah is interested in international social policy and the implications of our global economy on the rights of women internationally, particularly in the Middle East. She is a Visiting Scholar at Emory Law for the 2011-2012 academic year where she will be working on a research article that examines the relationship between women in the workforce, economic stabilization, and self and social valuation of women across cultures. The abstract for Sarah's article has been accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Feminism and the Law to be held at the ILS Law School in Pune, India in February 2012.
Lifei Xie, JD
LLM Candidate, Constitutional Law at China University of Political Science and Law
Lifei Xie is a master’s candidate in constitutional law at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2009. She is interested in equal protection and human rights. In 2009, she wrote Research on the Meaning and Application of the Human Dignity Clause in Basic Law for the Federal Republic Germany. She also participated in the Sino-Germany Constitutional Law Seminar on Human Dignity and Rule of Law. During 2010-2011, she analyzed the inequalities in different social security policies toward different groups in China while assisting Li Shuzhong, executive director of Chinese Constitutional Law Association, on his “Equal Protection of Fundamental Rights” Project. Additionally Lifei wrote a section of the final report.
Lifei is assisting Professor Yao Guojian, vice director of the Constitutional Law Institute at CUPL, with his project: “Equal Employment Legislation in America” which focuses on gender discrimination in employment. Her contribution is the translation of major American statutes into Chinese and provision of comprehensive legal advice on future equal employment legislation for China.
Lifei will be working under the supervision of Martha A. Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, while at Emory. She will study American law and legal cases to be able to introduce into China, American legal experiences protecting women’s equal employment rights.
Stu Marvel, MA, LLM
Doctoral Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School - Toronto, Canada
Post-doctoral Fellow 2012-2014, Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative
Stu Marvel will be taking up the 2012-2014 Feminism and Legal Theory Project postdoctoral fellowship with the Vulnerability & Human Condition Initiative at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Marvel will be working with Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, and housed in the Emory School of Law where she will conduct research, teach courses and continue the development of an ongoing speaker series. The Vulnerability & Human Condition Initiative is an interdisciplinary community of scholars and students interested in the concepts of vulnerability and resilience. Now beginning its sixth year, the postdoctoral fellowship program allows the fellow opportunities to focus on research and writing as well as teaching courses throughout the university.
Marvel is currently a Visiting Scholar with the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory as she completes her PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. While at Emory she has been teaching an upper-year law course on gender and sexuality that offers students a comparative transnational perspective on rights, identity and justice. Marvel's doctoral research relies upon an empirical study of LGBTQ families across Ontario and their use of assisted reproductive technologies, and seeks to develop new legal frameworks for queer kinship and reproductive rights. Her postdoctoral research will expand on these conceptual models while exploring the role of vulnerability and resilience in a comparative legal analysis of queer family-making projects.
Marvel served as Chair of the Osgoode Graduate Law Student Association from 2009-2010 and was invited as a PECANS visiting scholar to the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at Kent Law School in Canterbury, England in 2011. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in gender analysis for international development before receiving her LLM at Osgoode Hall. Previously, Marvel worked as communications liaison at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in South Korea and served as gender advisor to the Ministry of Women in The Gambia. Her work is funded by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and York Graduate Scholarships, as well as a Michael Smith Foreign Studies Supplement award to support her residency in Atlanta.
Zahara Nampewo, JD, LLM
SJD Candidate, Emory School of Law
Zahara Nampewo is a candidate for the doctor in juridical science (SJD), working under the supervision of Martha A. Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and founding director of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project.
Nampewo’s dissertation deals with the relation of gender and power and the position of women. She seeks to understand how the sexuality of “powerful women” is organized, constructed and used. The majority of interpretations on sexuality, especially sexual and reproductive rights, call for control over one’s body, and sexuality and life. Nampewo is interested in the manifestation of the power processes and how they actually work to empower or disempower women in regard to their own sexuality.
Prior to starting the SJD program, Nampewo worked as assistant lecturer with the Human Rights and Peace Centre at the School of Law, Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda. She also worked as a program coordinator for the Access to Justice Programme of the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) in Uganda and as a gender justice specialist with the United Nations Development Fund for Women in Liberia.
Nampewo has a keen interest in human rights with special emphasis on gender issues. Her research interests include gender and the law, health issues and international criminal and humanitarian law. While managing UNIFEM specific programs on gender justice, she followed and encouraged women’s participation in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia. She has published professional papers on a range of subjects including gender, sexuality and access to justice. These include: “Cultural and Gendered Constructions of Sexual Pleasure in Buganda” Working paper developed under the Gender Law and Sexuality Project, Faculty of Law Makerere University, 2008, “Uphill Progress or Downhill Degeneration? Local Council Courts and Access to Justice for Local Users”, HURIPEC Working Paper No. 29, 2010, and “State of Constitutionalism in Uganda; Challenges in Observance, in Constitutionalism in East Africa, Progress Challenges and Prospects in 2004”, Edited by Lawrence Mute, Kituo Cha Katiba, 2006.
She chairs the Board of Uganda Lawyers for Human Rights, a young nongovernmental organization advocating for human rights of marginalized groups. She also is board member for the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) and an incisive member of the Association of Uganda Women Lawyers (FIDA-U).
Xia Li, JD, LLM
Professor of Law at Shandong University and Director of the Center for Study of Civil & Commercial Case Law
Xia Li is a Professor of Law at Shandong University and Director of the Center for Study of Civil & Commercial Case Law. Her fields of specialty are Family Law, Contract Law, Tort Law and Feminist Legal Theory. She is the author of The Adult Guardianship System in the Chinese Civil Code (Shandong University, 2007); Comparative Study on Custodianship in Family Law (Shandong University Press, 2004); Family Law and Succession Law (Shandong University Press, 2006); Divorce and Property: The Division of Community Property (Shandong Press, 2004); and is co-author of The Draft Civil Code of the People`s Republic of China (English Translation, Martinus Nijhoff Press, 2010); Contract Law (Fudan Press,2005); and The Rights of Minors (Shandong People Press, 2001). She also has published over thirty articles in scholarly journals.
Prior to going to Shandong University in 2001, Dr. Li held an academic appointment at the Jinan University. She has been awarded research funding from the National Institutes of Social Science Fund of China for Adult Guardianship, the National Department of Justice for the Comparative Study on Mental Health Legislation, the National Institutes of Educational Department for the Elderly Law Study. Dr. Li is a fellow of the Chinese Academy of Family Law Institute and since 2006 has participated in the Asian Regional Seminar on Gender and Law. She is Counselor of the Women’s Federation of Jinan, a member of the Chinese Network Annual Meeting of Sex and Legal Research, and researcher for the Centre for Protection of Human Rights of Chinese Vulnerable Groups, Shandong University. Professor Li was awarded the 2004-2005 Shandong University Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. While a Visiting Scholar Dr. Li will be working with Professor Martha Fineman. Her current research project is on the impact of feminist legal theory on American family law. Xai will be located in room 329 the FLT suite on the 3rd floor of the Emory Law School Library. She will be with us from March 2011 – February 2012. If you would like to meet with Xia while she is here, please contact her at lisa_1(at)163.com or (404) 727-6298.
Josephine Ndagire, JD, LLM
SJD Candidate, Emory School of Law
Josephine Ndagire is a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) student at the Emory University School of Law working under the supervision of Prof. Martha A. Fineman. Her dissertation examines international and domestic jurisprudence on outrages on personal dignity in armed conflict. The research juxtaposes international law, the Africa human rights system and domestic law in Uganda and Liberia on outrages on personal dignity, while drawing on the experiences in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Sudan.
Prior to enrolling in the SJD program, she worked as an Asst. Lecturer at the Human Rights and Peace Centre, Faculty of Law, Makerere University and as a Project Manager in charge of the Right to Reparations Project, the Eastern Africa International Criminal Justice Initiative and the Pro-Poor Integrity Program at the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative. She has also previously worked as a Staff Attorney at the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence and as a Program Officer for Africa Fellow at the International Association of Women Judges.
Ms. Ndagire’s research interests include: international human rights law, transitional justice, gender and the law, international criminal law and international humanitarian law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (Hons) from Makerere University and a Master of Laws degree in International Human Rights Law (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame Law School.