SJFE : Women and Law in Europe


The project SJFE Women and Law in Europe is organized by six European universities:

Université Paris 8

The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and has a sound reputation for teaching and research. Currently it has over 17,000 students and 2,600 academic and administrative grade staff. In 1995 its educational achievements were recognised in the presentation by the Queen of a Gold Medal at the Queen's Anniversary Prizes Ceremony on February 11th. The award was given for 'outstanding educational achievement in areas of service and benefit to the nation', in recognition of the University's efforts to make its resources available to the wider public. The University is also fully committed to the implementation of the European Credit Transfer Schemes (ECTS).

The Department of Adult and Continuing Education (DACE), of the University of Glasgow. This department played a major part in gaining the University's Gold Medal. It is the largest single higher education provider of continuing education opportunities for adults in Scotland, with over 14,000 students attending almost 1,000 courses throughout the West of Scotland. It arranges tailor-made professional development courses, offers certificates, postgraduate diplomas and degrees up to and including doctorates, in the fields of adult, community and continuing education. Students can also study part-time in DACE for a Glasgow University degree. It is well-known for its work in Equal Opportunities, Children's Panel, its Access and pre-Access courses and summer schools for adults wishing to enter full-time undergraduate study, and its Access English courses. The University Management Group has decided to extend DACE's remit to include University-wide responsibility for the co-ordination and development of access activities.

DACE has a strong research section, and in 1993/4 secured grants from Directorate XXII of the European Commission, from the University's Strategic Initiatives Fund for adult education research and from the Divisions of Strathclyde Region and the Scottish Office Education Department for a joint research project evaluating community education policy and practice across Scotland in collaboration with the Department of Social Work and Social Policy and the Community Development Foundation. Much of its research focuses on equal opportunities issues. Other interests are social exclusion, community development and adult learning. DACE is an active member of the ERASMUS Inter-University Co-operation Programme (ICP-95-D-1189), which involves 21 of the major centres for research in adult education across Europe.

Useful contacts:

Professor Maria Slowey, Dr Pamela Clayton, Dr Jean Barr, Dr Elinor Kelly, Kathy Maclachlan, Sue Innes

The School of Law

Law was first taught in the University of Glasgow in 1451, and has been taught there continuously since 1713, when the first Regius Professor of Law was appointed by the Crown. Today the School of Law offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of courses. These include European Law, Family Law, Labour Law, Medical Law, French Law, Roman Law and Comparative Law as well as many others. Research is conducted in all these areas. The School of Law has thirty full-time and 70 part-time staff, and around 900 students. There are no courses specifically on women's studies but such issues are included in a number of courses.

Useful contacts: Professor Noreen Burrows, Professor Sheila McLean , Clare Connelly, Sarah Elliston, Elaine Sutherland , Jane Mair, Charlotte Villiers

Dr Pamela M Clayton (
Research Fellow
University of Glasgow
Department of Adult and Continuing Education
59 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LW

Tel (work): 0141 330 5640 Fax (work): 0141 330 3525

University of Helsinki Faculty of Law

LAW AND GENDER STUDIES at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki

The students interested in law and gender studies can choose from several optional courses each year. At the moment four different themes are taught:

  • feminist legal theory
  • public/private distinction in Law
  • the legal history of Scandinavian women
  • pornography and the freedom of expression

The Law and Gender courses aim at analyzing Anglo-American and Scandinavian feminist theory from a comparative perspective, with special emphasis on the typically Nordic or Finnish phenomena. In most cases, the students study independently the indicated literature, or they can compensate a few works by attending lecture courses or seminars. Course requirements can be negotiated independently, and in addition to a written exam, it is possible to create a special project, e.g. a video, a radio program, or an exhibition.

The faculty has several student exchange programmes such as ERASMUS/SOCRATES, Nordplus (in the Nordic countries), ISEP (USA) and about twenty bilateral exchange programmes. Several courses are taught in English.

In the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki (founded in 1640), gender studies have been included in the academic curriculum since 1989. It was the first one to start law and gender courses, and it is now cooperating with the other two Finnish law faculties in the universities of Turku and Lapland. Since 1996, faculty has two teacher posts and several research programmes on law and gender.


Professor Kevät Nousiainen (Kevat.Nousiainen@Helsinki.Fi)
Dr. Anu Pylkkänen (Anu.Pylkkanen@Helsinki.Fi)

Faculty of Law
PO. Box 4
00014 University of Helsinki,

Universitat de Lleida

Women's studies and gender studies at the University of Lleida

University of Lleida offers a possibility for women's studies in three areas in the humanities

  • Geography and gender (6 credits). Part of geography studies
  • History and gender (6 credits) as part of history studies
  • Language and gender I and II (each 3 study credits) as part of studies in Filología Hispánica

The rest of the gender studies are completed in a seminar "Seminari Interdisciplinar d'Estudis de la Dona SIED". A part of the studies are lectured in catalan.


Dra Maria Ángeles Calero Fernández Email
Professora Titular d'Universitat Filologia Hispánica
Placa de Victor Siurana,1
25003 Lleida

Tel. 973-70 20 00
Fax 973-70 20 50

Universidad de Cordoba Facultad de Derecho


Maria Dolores Adam Muñoz, Doctor en Derecho
Facultad de Derecho
Puerta Nueva, s/n.
14002 Cordoba SPAIN

Tel. 957 218910 Fax 957 218902

INREP Institut de Recherche en Evolution Professionnelle


Présidente Colette Davaze
Institut de Recherche en Evolution Professionnelle
21, Bd de grenelle
FR-75015 Paris
Tel. 1 4578 3415

L'Alliance des Femmes pour la Démocratie (AFD)

L'Alliance des Femmes pour la Démocratie was founded in 1989 by Antoinette Fouque, a Member of the European Parliament since 1994 and the co-foundator of Mouvement de Libération des Femmes (MLF). The aims of the association are to give the women's movement a new speed and to increase democratisation of the society by giving women the possibility of full exercise of their citizenship in symbolic, political, cultural and social sense and by founding this citizenship on their specifique identity.

The association has promoted women's rights and their political participation based on parity both in France, in Europe, and also internationally by participating in the process of enhancing women's human rights which was initiated by the United Nations in the 1970's. L'Alliance des Femmes has taken several initiatives of solidarity to help women who have been persecuted for their political activism and battle for human rights for women.

Since 1993, L'Alliance des Femmes has cooperated with a research institute called L'Institut d'etudes et de recherches en sciences des femmes (IERSF), also founded by Antoinette Fouque. This institute has arranged regular conferences and seminars on womens'studies that have gained a large public interest.


Michèle Idels
5, rue de Lille
F-75007 Paris
tel +33-1-45488380 fax +33-1-45674650