GSL Online

Gender & Sexuality Law Online is a webjournal published by the Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.

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How the Legal Regulation of Transgender Bodies Affects Us All

Author: Rita Vavra, LLM 2013 Abstract:  The legal regulation of transgender bodies, which is often highly oppressive, restrictive and arbitrary, is commonly regarded as a problem that only affects the transgender community and its allies. This essay, however, argues that the legal regulation of transgender...

Overseas and Under Siege: Why Congress Needs to Amend 10 U.S.C. 1093 and Provide Overseas Servicewomen with the Same Reproductive Rights that Civilian Women Enjoy

Author: Emily Brailey, JD 2012 Abstract: This seminar paper explores the U.S. Military’s position regarding abortion procedures. It focuses on the 2012 Shaheen Amendment that seeks to extend federal funding to allow overseas military facilities to provide abortion in cases of rape or incest. The paper...

Female Genital Cutting: The Pressures of Culture, International Attention, and Domestic Law on the Role of African Women

Author: Aisha Nicole Davis, JD 2012 Abstract: This essay examines the international scrutiny of female genital cutting (FGC) often referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM), and how international legislation overlooks the women affected by the procedure. It focuses on FGC on the continent of Africa,...

The Queen v. Fennety: Infant Abandonment in Mid-Nineteenth Century New Brunswick, Canada

Author: Nikki Kumar, LLM 2010 Abstract: The plight of young unwed mothers in nineteenth century New Brunswick is not well documented, nor well understood. However, an article in a Fredericton newspaper, the Head Quarters, described the case of Sophia Fennety, a young unwed mother, and her supposed drowning...

Prosecuting Human Trafficking as a Crime Against Humanity under the Rome Statute

Author: Jane Kim, JD 2011 Abstract: Bought and sold, consumed and exploited: human bodies, labor, personhood, and dignity have become the most valuable, reusable, and profitable products in the 2011 world market. In the early twenty-first century, increased awareness and international concern mobilized...

Taking the Sex out of Sexual Harassment: How the “Equal Opportunity Harasser” Defense Threatens to Change the Contours of Sexual Harassment Under Title VII, and Why it Should be Eliminated

Author: Shana Khader, JD 2011 Abstract: The “equal opportunity harasser” defense to a sexual harassment claim—allowing for an employer to escape liability under Title VII by showing that members of both sexes were sexually harassed—is problematic on its face. Intuitively, it seems both wrong and...

Violence and the Form: The Ultrahazardous Activity of Excluding Children in Canada’s Immigration Family Class

Author: Jamie Chai Yun Liew, LLM 2011 Abstract: The paper is about a Canadian immigration rule that permanently prohibits the reuniting of children with their parents in Canada simply because their landed immigrant parents did not list their children on their application forms. This paper is interested in...

Tug of Rights: How Excessive Conscience Allowances to Physicians and Pharmacists Tug at a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

Author: Afiya Pascall, LLM 2010 Abstract: This paper considers the tug of rights between a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion and a physician’s or pharmacist’s right to object, on the basis of conscience, to assisting in the procurement of an abortion. It considers the contours and legal...

Eugenics Then and Now

Author: Afiya Pascall, LLM 2010 Abstract: This paper considers eugenics broadly with particular emphasis on its use to repress the reproduction of poor minority women. It starts by looking at the historical development of eugenics and foundational facially valid justifications that gave the practice...

Orientalism and EU Accession

Author: Laura Stafford, JD 2011 Abstract: This paper seeks to analyze EU accession procedures and their effects on subject countries. It examines the EU’s accession process as it relates to Romania’s decriminalization of homosexuality. The paper suggests that the EU “orientalizes”...

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