Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group

Since the 1990s members of the Keele Law School, and now the Centre for Law, Ethics and Society, have come together to explore and develop shared research interests in gender and sexuality as sites and concepts of legal regulation. GSL members have researched legal sites of gender and sexuality through work on marriage and relationships, abortion, sex selection and reproduction, education and the legal profession, land reform and post-disaster reconstruction, sex trafficking, monstrosity, circumcision, organ transplants, food and animal politics, and consciousness and media. Members have advanced critical understanding of gender and sexuality as concepts of equality and social justice, and of local, national and international legal relations.

Research in Gender, Sexuality and Law (GSL) analyses the role of law in constructing femininities and masculinities through the regulation of embodiment, intimacy and care. GSL work adopts a critical socio-legal perspective by investigating rights struggles and representations of law on their own terms and as they interact with legal doctrine, public policy and legal theory.

GSL members have recently published edited collections, research monographs and journal articles on topics ranging from relationship recognition to legal embodiment, and from egalitarianism to transgender reform. GSL provides postgraduate research training through PhD supervision, the LLM in Gender, Sexuality and Law, and collaborative CentreLGS initiatives such as PECANS. GSL research culture is sustained through a thriving programme of research events, visits and exchanges, which have been supported by funding from the AHRC, the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.

Current key collaborative research projects address Conscientious Objection (led by ) reform of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act; law, culture and technology; and feminism and international law.