Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 345–349 | Cite as

Lynsey Black and Peter Dunne (Eds): Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform (Hart/Bloomsbury 2019)

Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2019, ISBN: 9781509917211
  • Maeve O’RourkeEmail author
Book Review

I reviewed the essay collection, Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform, edited by Lynsey Black and Peter Dunne, during a week in September 2019 that saw the most potent convergence to date of worldwide citizen protest, media attention and political discussion regarding the ongoing climate catastrophe.1 On 25 September 2019, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly about the need for “a paradigm shift in our thinking as to how we will combine ecology, economy, and social life so as to achieve meeting the greatest of human needs” (President of Ireland 2019). That same day, it was reported in Ireland that the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment had recommended to Government that secondary schools should not be required to teach history as a core subject (RTE 2019a).2

There are several reasons why these events resonated, in my mind, with the contents of Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: a compelling,...



  1. Connolly, Alpha (ed.). 1993. Gender and the Law in Ireland. Cork: Oak Tree Press.Google Scholar
  2. President of Ireland. 2019. President addresses UN General Assembly 2019. 25 September. Accessed 4 October 2019.
  3. RTE. 2019a. History review recommends no change to its Junior Cycle optional status. 25 September. Accessed 4 October 2019.
  4. RTE. 2019b. History to get ‘special core status’ at Junior Cycle. 1 October. Accessed 4 October 2019.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Irish Centre for Human RightsNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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