Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court: Legal Mobilization and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund

Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court: Legal Mobilization and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund

by Christopher P. Manfredi

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Overview

Since 1980, the Canadian women's movement has been an active participant in consitutional politics and Charter litigation. This book, through its focus on the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), presents a compelling examination of how Canadian feminists became key actors in developing the constitutional doctrine of equality, and how they mobilized that doctrine to support the movement's policy agenda.

The case of LEAF, an organization that has as its goal the use of Charter litigation to influence legal rules and public policy, provides rich ground for Christopher Manfredi's keen analysis of legal mobilization. In a multitude of areas such as abortion, pornography, sexual assault, family law, and gay and lesbian rights, LEAF has intervened before the Supreme Court to bring its understanding of equality to bear on legal policy development. This study offers a deft examination of LEAF's arguments and seeks to understand how they affected the Court's consideration of the issues. Perhaps most important, it also contemplates the long-term effects of the mobilization, and considers the social impact of the legal doctrine that has emerged from LEAF cases.

A major contribution to law and society studies, Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court is unparalleled in its analysis of legal mobilization as an effective strategy for social movements. It will be widely read and welcomed by legal scholars, political scientists, lawyers, feminists, and activists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774809474
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 04/30/2005
Series: Law & Society S
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Legal Doctrine, Legal Mobilization, and LEAF
2. The Path to Substantive Equality
3. Gaining Ground
4. Family Matters: Breakdowns and Benefits
5. A Difficult Dialogue
6. Making a Difference: The Policy Consequences of Legal Mobilization
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Cases Cited
Index

What People are Saying About This

Professor Judy Fudge

This book makes an important contribution to the legal mobilization literature that straddles the disciplines of law and political science. . . . It provides a thorough and detailed account of how a prominent feminist organization has used law to shape the Canadian constitution and public policy. The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund is an excellent case study for examining how legal resources can be deployed to secure changes to the constitution and social policy.

From the Publisher

"This book makes an important contribution to the legal mobilization literature that straddles the disciplines of law and political science. . . . It provides a thorough and detailed account of how a prominent feminist organization has used law to shape the Canadian constitution and public policy. The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund is an excellent case study for examining how legal resources can be deployed to secure changes to the constitution and social policy."—Professor Judy Fudge, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

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