Gender and the Constitution
Equity and Agency in Comparative Constitutional Design
By (author) Helen Irving
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Gender and the Constitution by Helen Irving
Book DescriptionWe live in an era of constitution-making. New constitutions are appearing in historically unprecedented numbers, following regime change in some countries, or a commitment to modernization in others. No democratic constitution today can fail to recognize or provide for gender equality. Constitution-makers need to understand the gendered character of all constitutions, and to recognize the differential impact on women of constitutional provisions, even where these appear gender-neutral. This book confronts what needs to be considered in writing a constitution when gender equity and agency are goals. It examines principles of constitutionalism, constitutional jurisprudence, and history. Its goal is to establish a framework for a 'gender audit' of both new and existing constitutions. It eschews a simple focus on rights and examines constitutional language, interpretation, structures and distribution of power, rules of citizenship, processes of representation, and the constitutional recognition of international and customary law. It discusses equality rights and reproductive rights as distinct issues for constitutional design.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521881081
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Helen Irving
Citizenship, Alienage, and the Modern Constitutional State, Hardback (March 2016)
This book tells the long-neglected story of women's marital denaturalization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Centenary Companion to Australian Federation, Paperback (January 2010)
A major contribution to the centenary of Federation, this comprehensive reference book explores Australia's national origins.
Gender and the Constitution, Paperback (January 2008)
This book considers the challenges of constitution-making when gender equity and agency are goals.
Five Things to Know About the Australian Constitution, Paperback (September 2004)» View all books by Helen Irving
In this excellent new book by Helen Irving, your questions about Australia's constitution are answered.
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Author Biography - Helen Irving
Helen Irving holds degrees in political science, anthropology, history, and law. She is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. Helen Irving has taught political science and constitutional law in several Australian universities since her first appointment in 1977 and was recently Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School from 2005 to 2006. She is the author of To Constitute a Nation: A Cultural History of Australia's Constitution and Five Things to Know about the Australian Constitution. She is also the editor of A Woman's Constitution?, The Centenary Companion to Australian Federation and Unity and Diversity: A National Conversation, among others. She has published widely in journals and in edited collections and is a frequent opinion writer and media commentator. She has been the historical consultant for a number of television and radio documentaries, as well as historical and constitutional advisor to many public and governmental bodies and Justices of the High Court of Australia.
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