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Women in the law

An expert panel will discuss women in the law on Tuesday 2 November at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). This is the first of three debates to focus on Women in the 21st Century.

With the proportion of women working as solicitors and barristers rising rapidly, and the first woman recently appointed to the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty, Judge Rosalyn Higgins QC, barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, and Professor Nicola Lacey, LSE, will consider where women are today in the law.

The debate will ask is there a 'myth of feminisation' that exaggerates the extent of recent change? What more could or should be done to promote equality? Will establishing a judicial appointments commission increase the number of women in the judiciary? Do women bring different perspectives to the law? Should they? And how important is it for the legitimacy of law and legal practice that the number of women working in the law increases?

  • Shami Chakrabarti has been director of Liberty since September 2003.
  • Judge Rosalyn Higgins has sat on the International Court of Justice since 1995 and is a former member of LSE staff and an Honorary Fellow of the School.
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy is a barrister, writer and member of the House of Lords.
  • Nicola Lacey is a professor of criminal law at LSE.

Dr Kate Malleson, a senior lecturer in LSE's Law department, will chair this event.

Women in the Law is on Tuesday 2 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. Members of the public can request a ticket by filling in the booking form here|


  • Members of the press: To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk 
  • Members of the public: an request a ticket by filling in the booking form here 


This is an LSE Gender Institute Women into the 21st Century debate series. The series continues with:

  • Women in the Economy. Tuesday 16 November, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.
    Speakers: Harriet Harman MP, solicitor general. Susan Himmelweit, professor of economics, Open University. Eleanor Laing MP, shadow minister for economic affairs and for women. Rachel Lomax, deputy governor, Bank of England. For more information, click here
  • Women in the Media. Monday 22 November, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.
    Speakers: Jana Bennett, director of television, BBC. Jenny Kitzenger, professor of media and communication, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University. For more information, click here

25 October 2004