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Law project confronts sexism and cultural bias

New Zealand law academics are questioning the impact of gender and cultural bias on the country’s judicial decisions as part of a global project to challenge male-dominated legal systems.

More than 60 lawyers and researchers are involved in the Feminist Judgements Project Aotearoa, which is reviewing and rewriting 25 legal decisions from the perspective of feminists and Māori women (wahine).

The project is co-led by University of Canterbury law school academics Rhonda Powell (above) and Elisabeth McDonald, with Māmari Stephens from the Victoria University of Wellington, who is the author of a Māori-English dictionary of legal terms.

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