May 5 – 6: Nordic Conference on Law and Gender (Umeå)


Nordic Conference on Law and Gender, May 5-6, 2015 at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden

Umeå Forum for Studies on Law and Society at Umeå University are happy to invite you to the Nordic Conference on Law and Gender 2015. Can law be a tool for achieving a gender equal society or not? The theme for the conference will be Law's Ability to Produce Gender Equality. There are good reasons for such a theme. The relations between law and gender equality is a core issue within the research field law and gender, not least in the Nordic countries.

A conference focusing on this theme provides a unique opportunity for reflections on gender equality issues in the Nordic countries from legal and social perspectives. Working as an arena for deepened analysis and discussion regarding research questions related to law and gender equality, the conference offers the possibility for new research collaborations as well as inspiration for new research questions.

We therefore welcome abstracts on themes including, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • The (non)existence of gender equality as a legal value
  • The (non)implementation of gender equality in law
  • If and how law counteracts or facilitates the development of gender equality
  • Changes in the legal paradigm of equality
  • The Arctic region and indigenous peoples
  • Discrimination and intersectionality
  • Men, masculinities and law
  • Different perspectives on sexuality in relation to law
  • Theory and methodology development within law and gender
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • The international context and human rights
  • Challenges in the Nordic legal cultures

Abstracts of 250-300 words can be registered no later than 1 March 2015.

The conference is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Swedish Research Council, and Forum for Studies on Law and Society.

Where: Umeå Folkets hus

When: May 5th, 9:00, through May 6th