Seeing Things Differently: Art, Law and Justice in the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project

  • Sharon Cowan University of Edinburgh
  • Chloë Kennedy University of Edinburgh
  • Vanessa E Munro University of Warwick

Abstract

This paper illustrates how turning to art rather than focusing solely on legal reform can form part of an alternative response to gender inequality that allows for deeper understandings of social (in)justice. We show how the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project – a collaborative endeavour by legal academics, practising lawyers, judges, artistic contributors and representatives from the third sector – can offer those who engage with our art the experience of hearing and seeing law in different ways. More specifically, we explore how art can open law up to scrutiny, render vivid the impact of legal decisions, and create richer and more democratic communities of understanding. At the same time, by discussing  knowledge differentials and the quandaries of creating art ethically, we also highlight some of the challenges involved in engaging in artistic-legal collaboration.

Author Biographies

Sharon Cowan, University of Edinburgh

Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Chloë Kennedy, University of Edinburgh

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Vanessa E Munro, University of Warwick

Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, UK.

Published
2020-07-09
How to Cite
Cowan, S., Kennedy, C., & Munro, V. E. (2020). Seeing Things Differently: Art, Law and Justice in the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project. feminists@law, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.925
Section
Articles