Staff Profile:Prof. Rosemary Auchmuty

Professor Rosemary Auchmuty
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Module convenor for the Property Law Project and member of the Land Law and Gender and Law teams.
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Further Publications:

  • Using feminist judgments in the property law classroom' (2012) 42 The Law Teacher 227-238.
  • 'Bebb, Gwyneth Marjory' (2011) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,
  • 'Beyond Couples? Burden v the United Kingdom (2008)' (2009) 17 Feminist Legal Studies 205-218.  
  • 'Out of the Shadows: Feminist silence and liberal law' (2007) in Carl Stychin and Vanessa Munro eds. Sexuality and the Law: Feminist Engagements. London: Routledge.
  • 'Unfair Shares for Women: The rhetoric of equality and the reality of inequality' (2007) in Anne Bottomley and Hilary Lim eds. Feminist Perspectives on Land Law. London: Glass House Press.
  • 'The Rhetoric of Equality and the Problem of Heterosexuality' (2005) in Linda Mulcahy and Sally Wheeler eds. Feminist Perspectives on Contract. London: Glass House Press.
  • 'Same-Sex Marriage Revived: Feminist critique and legal strategy' (2004) 14 Feminism & Psychology 101-26. Reprinted in Leslie J. Moran ed. Sexuality and Identity. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, general editor Austin Sarat.
  • 'Not Just a Good Children's Story: A tribute to adverse possession' (2004) 63 Conveyancer 293-307.
  • 'When Equality is Not Equity: Homosexual inclusion in undue influence law' (2003) 11 Feminist Legal Studies 163-90.
  • 'Agenda for a Feminist Legal Curriculum' (2003) 23 Legal Studies 377-401.
  • 'Men Behaving Badly: An analysis of undue influence cases' (2002) 11 Social and Legal Studies 257-82.
  • 'The Fiction of Equity' (2001) in Susan Scott-Hunt and Hilary Lim eds. Feminist Perspectives on Equity and Trusts. London: Cavendish.
BA (ANU, 1971), PhD (ANU, 1975), Dip.Ed. (Wollongong, 1977), LLB (CNAA, 1989), LLM (UCL, 1991), FHEA (2007), FRSA (2012)

Biographical Details

A pioneer of women's studies and feminist legal studies in higher education in Britain, Rosemary (Australian by upbringing) was Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, a joint enterprise between the Universities of Westminster, Keele and Kent, for three years before joining Reading Law School in 2007 from the University of Westminster. She has been Director of Teaching and Learning and now teaches Property Law subjects and Gender and Law. She was a Visiting Professor from 2000 to 2015 at the University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Defense, France, teaching Land Law and Trusts.

Rosemary is Chair of the ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Law's Working Group on Comparative Study of Legal Professions, an international body of legal scholars working together on research into legal education and the legal professions, and is a contributor to one of its current projects, on Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy. She is also a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the (American) Law and Society Association; a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Prior to moving into law she wrote widely in the areas of women's history and children's literature, including three books: Australia's Daughters (Sydney: Methuen, 1978), A World of Girls: the Appeal of the Girls' School Story (London: The Women's Press, 1992, 2nd ed. 2004) and A World of Women: growing up in the girls' school story (London: The Women's Press,1999, 2nd ed. 2008). She co-edited the 2-volume Encyclopaedia of School Stories (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), wrote several entries for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (2006) and, most recently, provided the programme note for a musical called Crush!, based loosely in the school-story tradition, which premiered in September 2015.

In April 2017 a play based on her article 'Whatever happened to Miss Bebb?' was performed in London; written by Alex Giles, and entitled 'The Disappearance of Miss Bebb', it featured a cast of West End actors and senior judges including Lady Hale. As well as property law and legal education, Rosemary's research interests include gender, sexuality and feminist legal history and biography, about which she has written a number of articles as well as several entries for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). She is currently, with Erika Rackley (University of Birmingham), engaged in a 100-strong collaboration called the Women's Legal Landmarks Project, a major historical collection in book and website formats, planned to celebrate the centenary of women's admission to the legal profession in 2019. In September 2019 she was the invited speaker at a public seminar at the Australian National University on 'Narratives of women in law' and she also spoke at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, on the Women's Legal Landmarks project and doing women's legal history.

Professor Rosemary Auchmuty

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