Overcoming the Sexual Contract. Gender Quotas, Care-taking and Constitutions: Lessons from Europe

23 November 2017


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Speaker: Ruth Rubio Marín, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sevilla

2017 Sydney Law School Distinguished Speaker Lecture:
Overcoming the Sexual Contract. Gender Quotas, Care-taking and Constitutions: Lessons from Europe

About the lecture

Enlightenment constitutionalism was grounded on a sexual contract defining gender roles as part of the basic structure of civil society. In current times, an emerging vision is taking shape around the need to enable both men and women to participate equally in all relevant domains of citizenship and to reclaim the domain of social reproduction as a domain of citizenship. Drawing mostly from examples of European constitutionalism and focusing on the debates around gender quotas and measures to encourage men´s involvement in care-taking, this lecture shows how old constitutionalism, once a reactionary force, is changing in the new century to facilitate the challenge of the sexual contract.

About the speaker

Ruth Rubio Marín is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sevilla. Formerly (2008-2016) she held a Chair in Comparative Public Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Professor Rubio has taught at several other prestigious academic institutions including Columbia Law School and Princeton University. Her research represents an attempt to understand how public law creates categories of inclusion and exclusion around different axis including gender, citizenship, nationality and ethnicity. Methodologically, she combines law and political theory. Professor Rubio is the author of over 40 articles and author, editor and co-editor of several books including Immigration as a Democratic Challenge, Cambridge University Press, 2000; The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence, with Baines (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2004; What Happened to the Women? Gender and Reparations for Human Rights Violations, Rubio-Marín (ed.), Social Science Research Council, New York, 2006; The Gender of Reparations: Subverting Sexual Hierarchies while Redressing Human Rights Violations, Rubio-Marín (ed.) Cambridge University Press, 2009; The Battle for Female Suffrage in the EU: Voting to Become Citizens, with Rodriguez Ruiz (eds.) Brill, 2012; Human Rights and Immigration (ed.) Oxford University Press, 2014; Transforming gender citizenship: The irresistible rise of gender quotas in Europe, with Lépinard (eds.) Cambridge University Press, 2018 forthcoming and Gender Parity and Multicultural Feminism (with Kymlicka (eds.), Oxford University Press, 2018 forthcoming.

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Time: Registration from 5.30pm. 6-7pm lecture, followed by cocktail reception

Location: Sydney Law School, Common Room, level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: Full Fee $15; SLS Alumni $10; Student $10

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

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