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Janet Halley, Harvard Law School

Janet Halley

Janet Halley

Janet Halley is the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  She has a Ph.D. in English Literature from UCLA and a J.D. from Yale Law School.   She has taught at Tel Aviv Buckmann School of Law and in the Law Department of the American University in Cairo.  She is the author of Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism (Princeton 2006), and Don’t: A Reader’s Guide to the Military’s Anti-Gay Policy (Duke 1999).  With Wendy Brown, she coedited Left Legalism/Left Critique (Duke 2002), and with Andrew Parker she coedited  After Sex? New Writing Since Queer Theory (Duke 2011).   She is the editor of a collection of essays entitled Critical Directions in Comparative Family Law, 58 American Journal of Comparative Law,  and the author of “What is Family Law?: A Genealogy,” published last year in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. Her current book projects are The Family/Market Distinction: A Genealogy and Critique and Rape in Armed Conflict: Assessing the Feminist Vision and its Law.  She is co-director of the Trafficking Roundtable and of the Up Against Family Law Exceptionalism Conference, an international collaboration dedicated to studying the role of the family and family law in colonization, decolonization and contemporary globalization. She was recently awarded the Career Achievement Award for Law and the Humanities by the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.  She teaches Family Law, Gender and the Family in Transnational Legal Orders, Gender in Postcolonial Legal Orders, Trafficking and Labor Migration, and courses on the intersections of legal theory with social theory.

Professor Halley's Publications

In progress

The Family/Market Distinction: A Legal History and Critical Deconstruction  (book ms).

Governance Feminism: Sexual Violence and the International Feminist Establishment (book ms).

“Rewriting Rape II: Feminist Reforms in the Prosecution and Adjudication of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict” (article MS).

In press

“Behind the Law of Marriage, Part II: Travelling Marriage,”– Unbound: A Journal of the Legal Left – (in press)

In print

“After Gender: Tools for Progressives in a Shift from Sexual Domination to the Economic Family,” 31 Pace Law Review 881 (2011).

“Le Genre Critique: Comment (Ne Pas) Genrer Le Droit?”, trans. Vincent Forray, 2011 Jurisprudence: Revue Critique 109.

“Vergewal Tigung in Berlin: Neue Überlegungen zur Kriminalisierung von Vergewal Tigung im Kreigsvökerrecht,” — Kritische Justiz – (German translation of “Rape in Berlin: Reconsidering the Criminalisation of Rape in the International Law of Armed Conflict,” 9 Melbourne J. of International Law 78 (2008)).

“What is Family Law?: A Genealogy, Part I”, 23 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 1 (2011) and “What is Family Law?: A Genealogy, Part II”, — 23 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 189 (2011)

“Behind the Law of Marriage, Part I: From Status/Contract to the Marriage System,”6 Unbound: A Journal of the Legal Left 1 (2010).

With Andrew Parker, eds., After Sex? On Writing Since Queer Theory, with an introduction by the editors (Duke University Press, 2011). This volume revises the following:  With Andrew Parker, eds., After Sex? New Writing Since Queer Theory, special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, 106:3 SAQ 421 (2007), with an introduction by the editors.

Special Issue Editor, Critical Directions in Comparative Family Law, an edition of eight articles with an introduction by J. Halley and Kerry Rittich, “Critical Directions in Comparative Family Law: Genealogies and Contemporary Studies of Family Law Exceptionalism,” 58 American Journal of Comparative Law 753 (2010). ***LInk to SSRN abstract***

“Does Law have an Outside?”, Osgoode Hall Law School Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy Research Paper No. 7(1) 2010.

Editor, Tribute to Eve Kososfky Sedgwick, an edition of five short essays with an introduction by J. Halley, “A Tribute from Legal Studies to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Introduction,”  33 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 309 (2010)

“Note sulla Costruczione del Sistema delle Relazioni di Coppia: Un Saggio di Realismo Guiridico, XXVII-4 Revista Critica del Diritto Privato.515 (Dicembre 2009).

“Rape at Rome: Feminist Interventions in the Criminalization of Sex-Related Violence in Positive International Criminal Law,” 30 Michigan J. of Int’l Law 1 (2008).

“Rape in Berlin: Reconsidering the Criminalisation of Rape in the International Law of Armed Conflict,” 9 Melbourne J. of International Law 78 (2008).

“My Isaac Royall Legacy,” 24 Harvard Blackletter Law Journal 117 (2008).

With Rose Moss, eds., Words: From the HLS Creative Writer’s Group, Spring 2006 (Afar, 2006).

Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism (Princeton University Press, 2006). Excerpted in Cynthia grant Bowman, Laura A. Rosenbury, Deborah Tuerkheimer and Kimberly A. Yuracko, Feminist Jurisprudence: Cases and Materials (West, 2010).

With Prabha Kotiswaran, Chantal Thomas and Hila Shamir “From the International to the Local in Feminist Legal Responses to Rape, Prostitution/Sex Work, and Sex Trafficking: Four Studies in Contemporary Goverance Feminism” 29 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 335 (2006).

“The Politics of Injury: A Review of Robin West’s Caring for Justice,” in unbound (Spring 2005).

“Of Time and the Pedagogy of Critical Legal Studies,” in Duncan Kennedy, Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy (reissue; NYU Press 2004).

“Take a Break from Feminism?”, in Karen Knop, ed., Gender and Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford U.P. 2004).

“Subversive Legal Moments?”, a Roundtable with Karen Engle, Elizabeth Schneider, Vicki Schultz, Adrienne Davis and Nathaniel Berman, 12: 2 Texas Journal of Women and the Law197 (2003).

“Gender, Sexuality and Power – Is Feminist Theory Enough?”, Brenda Cossman, Dan Danielsen, Janet Halley and Tracy Higgins, in Why a Feminist Law Journal?, a special issue of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, 12 Colum. J. Gender & L. 601 (2004).

Partially reprinted in Katharine T. Bartlett and Deborah L. Rhode, Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine,Commentary (Cambridge, MA: Aspen Publishers, 2006).

Nominally by Ian Halley: “Queer Theory by Men,” 11 Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 7 (with comments by a number of humanities scholars) (2004).

Left Legalism/Left Critique, co-edited with Wendy Brown, Duke University Press, 2002.

“Introduction” to Left Legalism/Left Critique, coauthored with Wendy Brown.

“Sexuality Harassment,” various short essays in:

Left Legalism/Left Critique, co-edited with Wendy Brown, Duke University Press, 2002, pp. 80-104.

Rpt. in Stephen E. Gottlieb, Brian Bix, Timothy D. Lytton and Robin L. West, Jurisprudence, Cases and Materials: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law and its Applications (Newark, NJ: LexisNexis, 2006).

5-6 Working Papers in Gender/Sexuality Studies 182-207 (June 1999) (Center for the Study of Sexualities at the National Central Univesity, Chungli,Taiwan) (in Chinese)

“Sexuality Harassment.  Omosessualita e molestie davanti alla Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti,” Revista Critica del Diritto Privato, Anno XX – 4 Dicembre 2002 (trimestrale), pp. 609-635 (in Italian).

Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva B. Siegel, eds. Directions in Sexual Harassment Law, Yale University Press (New Haven: Yale U.P., 2003).

“Recognition, Rights, Regulation, Normalization: Rhetorics of Justification in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate,” in Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Partnerships: A Study of National, European, and International Law, ed. Robert Wintemute and Mads AndenFs (Hart Publishing, 2001) .

In Memoriam: David Charny, 114 Harvard L. Rev. 2232 (2001).

“Sexual Orientation and the Armed Forces” and “Romer v. Evans,” in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution: Volume II, ed. Leonard W. Levy, Kenneth L. Karst and Adam Winkler (MacMillan Reference) (in press).

Don’t: A Reader’s Guide to the Military’s Anti-Gay Policy  (Duke Univ. Press, 1999).

Don’t substantially revises the following earlier publication: “The Status/Conduct Distinction in the 1993 Revisions to Military Anti-Gay Policy: A Legal Archaeology,” 3 GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 159 (1996).

Introductory Essay on the Tenth Anniversary of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, — Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities — (1998).

“Gay Rights and Identity Imitation: Issues in the Ethics of Representation,” in David Kairys, ed., The Politics of Law, 3rd ed. (Temple Univ. Press, 1998).

Revised version entitled “Like-Race Arguments,” in Judith Butler, John Guillory and Kendall Thomas, eds., What’s Left of Theory? (Routledge, 2001) (Proceedings of the English Instititute), pp. 40-74.

“Culture Constrains,” in Is Multiculturalism Bad For Women?, by Susan Muller Okin, Joshua Cohen (ed.), and Martha C. Nussbaum (ed.) (Princeton Univ. Press 1999)

Originally published in the Boston Review, November 1997, pp. 39-40.

Romer v. Hardwick,” 68 Colorado Law Review 429 (1997).

“The Sexual Economist and Legal Regulation of the Sexual Orientations,” in Laws & Nature: Shaping Sex, Preference and Family, eds. David M. Estlund and Martha C. Nussbaum (Oxford Univ. Press, 1997).

Introduction, Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities special issue on Law, Culture and Sexual Orientation (1996).

“Sexual Orientation and the Politics of Biology: A Critique of the Argument from Immutability,” 46 Stanford L. Rev. 503 (1994).

Excerpted in in Sexuality, Gender and the Law, ed. William N. Eskridge, Jr. and Nan D. Hunter (Foundation, 1997); to be excerpted in John H. Garvey and T. Alexander Aleinikoff, eds., Modern Constitutional Theory: A Reader, 4th ed. (West, 1999).

Bowers v. Hardwick in the Renaissance,” in Queering the Renaissance, ed. Jonathan Goldberg (Duke Univ. Press, 1994).

“Reasoning about Sodomy: Act and Identity in and after Bowers v. Hardwick,” 79 Virginia Law Review 1721 (1993).

Excerpted in A Consitutional Law Anthology, ed. Michael J. Glennon, Donald E. Lively, Phoebe A. Haddon, Dorothy E. Roberts and Russell L. Weaver, 2d ed. (Anderson, 1997); and in Sexuality, Gender and the Law, ed. William N. Eskridge, Jr. and Nan D. Hunter (Foundation, 1997).

Excerpted and translated as “Razonar sobre la sodomía: acto e identidad en y después Bowers v. Hardwick in Crítica Juridíca: Teoría y Sociología Juridica en los Estados Unidos, ed. Mauricio García Villegas, Isabel Christina Jaramillo Sierra, and Esteban Restrepo Saldarriaga (Magdalena Holguín – Bogotá: Universitad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho, Ediciones Uniandes, 2005).

“The Construction of Heterosexuality,” in Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory, ed. Michael Warner (University of Minnesota Press, 1993).

“Truth/Value,” 4 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 191 (1991) (review of Patricia J. Williams, The Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor (Harvard, 1991)).

“Misreading Sodomy: A Critique of the Classification of ‘Homosexuals’ in Federal Equal Protection Law,” in Bodyguards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity, eds. Julia Epstein and Kristina Straub (Routledge, 1991).

“Equivocation and the Legal Conflict over Religious Identity in Early Modern England,” 3 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 33 (1991).

“The Politics of the Closet: Towards Equal Protection for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Identity,” 36 UCLA Law Review 915 (1989).

Reprinted in Reclaiming Sodom, ed. Jonathan Goldberg (Routledge, 1994); in After Identity: Essays in Law and Culture, eds. Dan Danielsen and Karen Engle (Routledge, 1994); in Homosexuality and the Constitution: Volume 2: Homosexuals and the Military, ed. Arthur S. Leonard (Garland, 1997).

Seeking the Woman in Late Medieval and Renaissance Literature: Essays in Feminist Contextual Criticism, co-edited with Sheila Fisher, University of Tennessee Press, 1989.  Including:

“The Lady Vanishes: The Problem of Women’s Absence in Late Medieval and Renaissance Texts,” with Sheila Fisher.

“Textual Intercourse: Anne Donne, John Donne, and the Sexual Poetics of Textual Exchange.”

“Female Autonomy in Milton’s Sexual Poetics,” in Milton and the Idea of Woman, ed. Julia Walker (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press 1988).

Reprinted in John Milton, Paradise Lost: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, and Criticiam (A Norton Critical Edition), ed. Scott Elledge (2d ed.) (New York: Norton, 1992).

“Heresy, Orthodoxy, and the Politics of Religious Discourse: The Case of the Family of Love,” 15 Representations (Summer 1986).

Reprinted in Representing the Renaissance, ed. Stephen Greenblatt (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987).

“Sir Thomas Browne’s The Garden of Cyrus and the Real Character,” 15.1 English Literary Renaissance (Winter 1985).

Reprinted in Renaissance Historicism, ed. Arthur F. Kinney and Dan S. Collins (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1988).

“Censored Discourse: The Politics of Familist Language,” in Persons in Groups: Social Behavior as Identity Formation, ed. Richard C. Trexler (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, SUNY Binghamton, 1985).

“Versions of the Self and the Politics of Privacy in Vaughan’s Silex Scintillans,” George Herbert Journal 7:1-2 (Fall 1983-Spring 1984) (special issue on Vaughan, ed. Jonathan F.S. Post).

“‘Harmonious Sisters, Voice and Verse': Women and Fiction in Milton’s Early Verse,” in Sisterhood Surveyed: Proceedings of the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association, ed. Anne D. Sessa (West Chester University, 1983).

“Voice and Sign in Seventeenth-Century English Literature: Studies in Donne, Vaughan, Browne and Milton,” dissertation, directed by Professor Christopher Grose (University of California at Los Angeles, 1980).

 

Related posts:

  1. The Politics of Injury: A Review of Robin West’s Caring for Justice by Janet Halley
  2. Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism by Janet Halley
  3. After Gender: Tools for Progressives in a Shift from Sexual Domination to the Economic Family by Janet Halley
  4. Rape in Berlin: Reconsidering the Criminalisation of Rape in the International Law of Armed Conflict by Janet Halley
  5. Rape at Rome: Feminist Interventions in the Criminalization of Sex-Related Violence in Positive International Criminal Law by Janet Halley