About

“A spacious home, with rooms enough to accommodate all who have the imagination and determination to work for the full realization of human potential.”

The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law is the preeminent journal for scholarship on the interaction between gender and law. The Journal fosters dialogue, debate, and awareness about gender-related issues and feminist scholarship. We consider gender to be a broad category which includes issues relevant to people of different colors, classes, sexual orientations, and cultures. Our articles express an expansive view of feminist jurisprudence, embracing issues relating to women and men of all races, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientations, and cultures.

To quote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s introduction from our first issue, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law seeks to “portray today’s feminist movement, not as unitary, rigid or doctrinaire, but as a spacious home, with rooms enough to accommodate all who have the imagination and determination to work for the full realization of human potential.”

We feature the writing of noted scholars in feminist jurisprudence, including judges, law professors, and law students. Furthermore, as a law journal with an interdisciplinary focus, we also welcome articles about law from other academic disciplines. Recent Columbia Journal of Gender and Law articles have examined the connections between gender, law, and various other academic fields varying from psychology to literature.

We also publish a considerable amount of scholarship on international gender issues. Journal articles have addressed gender and law in nations ranging from Ghana to Japan.

The Journal operates by consensus, and is organized in a manner that supports internal debate and discussion. Journal membership is comprised of students at Columbia University School of Law. Every Journal member is encouraged to contribute her or his views. All Journal members participate in the decision-making process regarding the selection and editing of articles. Members work in teams and follow one article in each issue from acceptance to publication.

Our goal is to advance feminist scholarship and to serve as an outlet for interested students, practitioners, and academics.