Dr Sen Raj speaks at Monash University, Castan Centre drawing on his new book, Feeling Queer Jurisprudence

Why do courts turn to love when dealing with relationship recognition? What can anger achieve in law reform designed to address discrimination? How does disgust regulate sexual practices? Movements for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) justice and equality generate emotion, particularly among the scholars, activists, lawyers, and judges who participate in them.

Drawing on his new book, Feeling Queer Jurisprudence (Routledge, 2020), Dr Senthorun Raj will spoke about why we need to take emotion seriously in our pursuits of LGBTI rights. Emotions not only emerge through passionate activists or parties in litigation, but also become products of laws and policies that seek to address the injuries, intimacies, and identities of LGBTI people. Emotion is not “queer” to the law — it is central to its existence. Scholars, activists, lawyers, and judges need to focus on feelings if they are to better understand, and improve upon, legal interventions aimed at progressing the human rights of LGBTI people.

The seminar is available to watch here.