Justice is a Lady. An Empirical Study on Gender Aspects in Canon Law Legal Practice
Lady Justice – watching over jurisdiction – is a woman. Legal Mythology is ruled by a female principle; whereas the legal practice of state and Church is dominated by men. Women are present in the First Instances of Court; their number declines at the Courts of Appeal not to speak of the Federal High Courts. Most judges at the Church Tribunals are male. Female judges exist, but they only act in collegiate tribunals with two other (male) clerics. They are underrepresented in Church Administration and as Canon Law Scientists. Only as persons acting in legal matters they appear numerously in legal proceedings. These aspects of Canon Law Legal Practice will be analysed within in the study.
Cf. Hahn, Judith, Wie weiblich ist Justitia? Frauen in der Rechtspraxis der Kirche, in: HK 66 (2012), 312-316.
Our first task was a literature study to collect which approaches were already used to analyze the gender aspects of secular legal practice. Based on this in the moment an empirical preliminary study ist planned.