Intersectional Rewrites

Rewrites Projects from Around the World

The Intersectional Rewrites project does not stand alone. Across the globe, lawyers and activists have been reimagining national and international caselaw from a feminist, queer, indigenous, and many more perspectives.

Below, you can find some of the projects – past and ongoing – that we are aware of. If you think your project is missing, or would like to suggest and edit to any of the information listed, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

  1. Indian Feminist Judgements Project
    • A collaboration between feminist scholars, practitioners, and activists who are using a feminist lens/perspective to write alternative opinions to existing judgements from Indian
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  2. Women’s Court of Canada (Rewriting Equality)
    • A collection of Canadian lawyers and activists critiqued the equality jurisprudence under section 15 of the Charter of Rights and They produced six rewritten judgments from a feminist perspective as a superior Court to the Supreme Court of Canada.
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  3. UK Feminist Judgements Project
    • A group of feminist socio-legal scholars wrote alternative feminist judgments of significant cases in English law across five areas of law: Parenting, Property & Markets, Criminal Law & Evidence, Public Law and Equality.
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  4. Australian Feminist Judgments Project: Righting and Rewriting Law
    • The project brings together 25 rewritten judgments across a range of cases grouped under four themes: public law, private law, crime and evidence and interpreting equality (family law, discrimination law and treaty law).
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  5. Irish Feminist Judgements Project
    • The Irish Feminist Judgments Project writes the ‘missing feminist judgments’ in appellate and first-instance decisions which have shaped Irish and Northern Irish law. A collective of academics and practitioners have rewritten 26 decisions.
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  6. Feminist Judgements Project Aotearoa: New Zealand
    • The project rewrites 25 judicial decisions from both a feminist and mana wahine perspective, recognizing the unique challenges faced by Maori women.
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  7. Scottish Feminist Judgements: (Re)Creating Law from the Outside In
    • 16 rewritten judgments address concerns not only about gender equality, but also about the interplay between gender, class, national identity and citizenship in contemporary
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  8. Feminist Judgements Project: Brazil
    • The project aims to build a new type of dialogue between feminism and judicial decisions in Brazil, as from the experience of re-imagination.

  9. African Feminist Judgements Project
    • The African Feminist Judgment Project is coordinated by Sibongile Ndashe (Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa), Johannesburg), Dr Sharifah Sekalala (Warwick Law School) and Professor Ambreena Manji (Cardiff Law School). The project aims to draft and disseminate alternative judgments for important African landmark cases on a range of legal issues.

  1. Pakistani Feminist Judgements Project
    • The project re-writes pivotal legal opinions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan from a feminist perspective and provides commentaries on the impact it can have on judicial jurisprudence.

  1. US Feminist Judgements Project (Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court )
    • The project brings together a group of scholars and lawyers to rewrite, using feminist reasoning, the most significant 25 US Supreme Court cases on gender from the 1800s to the present day.
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  2. Feminist Judgments in International Law
    • This collection asks whether feminist perspectives can offer meaningful and viable alternatives to international law norms;
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  3. Feminist Judgments: Re-imagining the International Criminal
    • The project focuses on ICC’s poor conviction record for sexual and gender-based crimes and their application of gender-sensitive judging in general. Using a feminist judgments methodology, the research aims to provide new knowledge for judges, legal experts, and scholars to improve accountability for sexual and gender-based crimes and to support a gender-sensitive approach to adjudication.
    • See more here.

  4. Feminist Judgments in Central and Eastern Europe

  5. Feminist Judgments: Health Law Rewritten
    • This volume provides an alternate history of health law by rewriting key judicial opinions from a feminist perspective.
    • The collection is available here.

  6. Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions
    • The project brings together a group of scholars and lawyers to rewrite tax decisions in which a feminist emphasis would have changed the outcome, the court’s reasoning, or the future direction of the law. Featuring cases including medical expense deductions for fertility treatment, gender confirmation surgery, tax benefits for married individuals, the tax treatment of tribal lands, and business expense deductions, this volume opens the way for a discussion of how viewpoint is a key factor in statutory interpretation.
    • The collection is available here.

  7. Diversity and European Human Rights: Rewriting Judgments of the ECHR
    • Through redrafting the judgments of the ECHR, Diversity and European Human Rights demonstrates how the court could improve the mainstreaming of diversity in its Eighteen judgments are considered and rewritten to reflect the concerns of women, children, LGB persons, ethnic and religious minorities, and persons with disabilities in turn.
    • The collection is available here. The project is in progress.

  8. Critical Race Judgments: Rewritten S. Court Opinions on Race and Law
    • By re-writing US Supreme Court opinions that implicate critical dimensions of racial justice, Critical Race Judgments demonstrates that it’s possible to be judge and a critical race Specific issues covered in these cases include the death penalty, employment,voting, policing, education, the environment, justice, housing, immigration, sexual orientation, segregation, and mass incarceration.
    • The collection is available here.

  1. Rewriting Children Rights’ Judgements
    • The rewritten judgments shed light on the conceptual and practical challenges of securing children’s rights within judicial decision-making and explore how developments in theory and practice can inform and (re-)invigorate the legal protection of children’s The 28 judgments consider a range of legal issues, including medical decision-making, public authorities and family life from a number of jurisdictions (including Australia, England, Canada, USA, South Africa) and supranational courts.
    • Rewritten judgements are available here.

  2. Queer Judgements Project
    • The main aim of the project is to re-imagine, re-write and re-invent, from queer and other complementing perspectives, judgments that have considered SOGIESC issues.

  3. Integrated Human Rights in Practice: Rewriting Human Rights Decisions
    • The project redrafts crucial human rights judgments and decisions from supranational human rights monitoring bodies “as if human rights law were really one”. Fifteen judgments across a range of areas in human rights jurisprudence have been rewritten.
    • The collection is available here.

  4. UK Earth Law Judgements Project
    • The project aims to challenge current anthropocentric approaches in legal decision-making by reimagining important UK legal judgments from a range of perspectives within the field of Earth Law.

  5. Law as if Earth Really Mattered: The Wild Law Judgment Project
    • Contributors have creatively reinterpreted judicial decisions from an Earth-centred point of view by rewriting existing judgments, or creating fictional judgments, as wild law.
    • The collection is available here.

  6. Ethical Law: Rewriting Medical Law
    • The project explores the ethical nature of judicial decision-making, particularly relating to cases in the health/medical sphere, where judges are often called upon to issue rulings on questions containing an explicit ethical component.
    • The collection is available here.

  7. The Critical Judgments Project: Re-reading Monis The Queen
    • The project adapts the approach of the seminal Feminist Judgment Project for the purpose of teaching critical legal thinking. It does this by rewriting the 2013 decision of the High Court in Monis v. The Queen (Canada) from 13 different critical perspectives, with each judgment being written by a notional seventh ‘judge’.
    • The book is available here.

  8. Critical Judgment Projects: Indigenous Legal Judgments (Indigenous Legal Judgments: Bringing Indigenous Voices into Judicial Decision Making)
    • This book is a collection of key legal decisions affecting Indigenous Australians, which have been re-imagined so as to be inclusive of Indigenous people’s stories, historical experience, perspectives and worldviews. Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars have collaborated to rewrite 16 key decisions.
    • The book is available here.