Intersectionality as theory and method: human rights adjudication by the European Court of Human Rights

Skeet, Charlotte (2019) Intersectionality as theory and method: human rights adjudication by the European Court of Human Rights. In: Creutzfeldr, Naomi, Mason, Marc and McConnachie, Kirsten (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Socio-Legal Theory and Method. Routledge, UK. ISBN 9781138592902 (Accepted)

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This chapter focuses on intersectionality theory and methodology and draws on practical examples from my own work. Despite one of the early developments of the theory coming from legal analysis by Kimberele Crenshaw (Crenshaw 1989), outside the USA it is less often used in legal research than in sociological or political projects. Its relative absence is still particularly noticeable in my area, gender and human rights. The first part of the chapter describes intersectionality theory and charts the development of intersectionality. It also considers different methods that can be used to provide intersectional analysis, and discusses its application in the field of human rights. This section argues that failure to address intersectionality in human rights adjudication can lead either to incomplete acknowledgment of discrimination which compromises future determinations or even a complete failure to address discrimination. The second part of the chapter shows how intersectionality informed my textual analysis of decisions on claims by visibly-Muslim women in the European Court of Human Rights. In particular I discuss how women experiencing intersectional discrimination find this replicated by the European Court which deconstructs them as valid rights holders. Finally there is a recommendation for key readings.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Intersectionality, Methodology, Socio-legal, Feminism, Human Rights.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
K Law
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Depositing User: Charlotte Skeet
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 13:03
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 15:05

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