Gayoye, M (2021) Why women judges really matter: The impact of women judges on property law outcomes in Kenya. Social & Legal Studies. 096466392110079 - 096466392110079. ISSN 0964-6639

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<jats:p> In this paper, I discuss the impact that women judges have made in property law outcomes in Kenya. The study shows that women judges were able to influence a feminist jurisprudence in matrimonial property and inheritance disputes peripherally even though they were not sitting in some of those cases – through trainings of other [male] judges and informal interactions with colleagues. I argue that there is need to focus lens on the collaborative and networking programmes of women judges to bring about institutional change as opposed to a focus on individual women judges. The findings suggest that studies that focus on individual [women] judges have far less potential to uncover the impact of collective efforts of women judges. Existing studies are based largely on Anglo-American positivist methodologies that are based on methodological individualism over collectivism. It is no wonder that the collective efforts of women judges under the auspices of the International Women Judges Association has received little to no scholarly attention. </jats:p>

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Asking the African woman question, asking the woman question, collegiate judging, inheritance, Kenya Women Judges Association, legal pluralism, matrimonial property, methodological consciousness, methodological individualism
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 11:01
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 11:01

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