In April, Elizabeth Schneider, Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law, traveled to Turkey to speak at two conferences on women’s rights and domestic violence. She was invited because of her international reputation as a pioneering scholar, teacher and educator on issues of women’s rights and domestic violence.
The first conference, held at Maltepe University in Istanbul, was on Violence and Human Rights and was chaired by Professor Ioanna Kucuradi, Director of the Centre for Research and Application of Human Rights and UNESCO Chair in Philosophy and Human Rights at Maltepe University. Schneider spoke on “Violence Against Women and Equality,” highlighting the way in which violence against women is linked to women’s equality I in many different ways: their status of women, their economic equality, and their ability to participate in public and civic matters. “This was a very valuable experience,” said Schneider. “It brought together prominent leaders committed to a range of human rights issues, enabling us to have dialogue about important legal developments.”
Schneider then traveled to Ankara, the capital of Turkey, to speak at a legal conference at Ankara University entitled “Social Justice and Domestic Violence,” which brought together faculty, policy makers, and students and was chaired by Professor Gulriz Uygur of Ankara University who teaches law, legal philosophy, feminist legal philosophy and domestic violence. At this two-day meeting, Professor Schneider made two presentations. First, she spoke on “Contradictions of the Role of the State in Domestic Violence Law Reform: Thoughts on the U.S. Experience.” In this talk, she discussed some of the conflicts around criminalization of domestic violence in the United States and its implications for the role of the state, raising “important questions that Turkish scholars, NGO's and activists are considering.”
Then, together with Professor Uygur, she led an afternoon workshop, entitled “Violence and Legal Education,” for law faculty, public policy and government officials, and law students who attended from throughout Turkey and Cyprus. Her talk focused on the importance and challenges of legal education on violence against women, emphasizing the need for legal education on violence as a “global imperative.” The workshop was highly interactive, with faculty and students from many different universities sharing their experiences in teaching and learning about this complex subject.
Schneider is the author of many books and articles on domestic violence and women's rights including the prize-winning book, Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking (Yale, 2000). She is also co-author of the casebook Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory and Practice (Foundation Press, 2008) (3d. ed. forthcoming 2013). She is co-editor of Women and the Law Stories (2011) (with Stephanie M. Wildman). She has also spoken widely on these issues throughout this country and in China, Vietnam, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and in Europe and Canada.