September 12 Thursday

Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights by Ruth Rubio Marín

  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 4:10PM - 6:30PM
  • SLB Room 127
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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Thursday afternoon, at 4:10 in the Sterling Law Building, room 127, the 2019 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights will be given by Ruth Rubio Marín, Professor of Constitutional Law at the Universidad de Sevilla.  Her lecture, “On Constitutionalism and Women's Citizenship,” travels across borders and time to consider the many ways constitutions have limited and can promote women’s equal citizenship.  The lecture contrasts different forms of constitutionalism (in her terms, exclusionary, egalitarian, participatory, and transformative) and the mechanisms of change they employ (such as imposing gender quotas for election lists or judicial appointments, and altering family obligations), as well as the backlash such interventions have provoked. 

Rubio, who is also a Professor at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute and Director of the UNIA UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Interculturalism, focuses her research on comparative constitutionalism, law and gender, immigration and citizenship, and transitional justice. She assisted UN Special Rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo, in drafting her report on Violence against Women on Reparations for Women Subjected to Violence. Rubio studies how public law creates categories of inclusion and exclusion around different axes including gender, citizenship, nationality and ethnicity.

The Lecture will be followed by comments from Hon. Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada; Hon. Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany; Hon. Manuel Cepeda‐Espinosa, former President of the Constitutional Court of Colombia; and Right Hon. Brenda Hale, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

This event will be moderated by Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, and Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law.  Members of  the Yale University community are welcome. Because seating will be limited, advance registration is required at

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The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice and the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights feature speakers whose exceptional achievements have served the causes of global justice and women’s rights.  Previous lectures in the series are listed on the program’s webpage.