Universiteit Antwerpen

February 23, 2015 | Prof. dr. Robert Leckey: 'After Legal Equality'

In collaboration with the Research Group PR2 - Personal Rights & Property Rights - at the Factulty of Law, University of Antwerp, directed by  Prof. dr. Frederik Swennen, the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values is delighted to announce the Faculty Lecture 'After Legal Rights' by Prof. dr. Robert Leckey.

Robert Leckey is director of Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and an associate professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Faculty of Law, McGill University. He is the editor of After Legal Equality: Family, Sex, Kinship (Routledge, 2015) and was lead editor of Queer Theory: Law, Culture, Empire (Routledge, 2010). In 2015, Cambridge University Press will publish his monograph Bills of Rights in the Common Law. He has received the Canada Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law (2010).
Daniel Monk is reader in law at Birkbeck, University of London and director of Birkbeck Gender & Sexuality (BiGS). His research has explored a wide range of issues relating to families, children, education and sexuality. His current research focuses on inheritance. He was a visiting professor at the University of Antwerp in 2013-2014.

The lecture explores the research questions arising “after legal equality” – that is, after major judicial or legislative law reform in response to equality-seeking groups. Think of same-sex couples’ access to marriage and to adoption and other forms of parentage. At a moment when many may assume that equality has been “achieved,” the lecture will raise new questions for scholars and highlight some of legal equality’s costs and unexpected harms.


University of Antwerp | Stadscampus - Room K.201
Kleine Kauwenberg 14 | 2000 Antwerpen

4:00-4:20 p.m. - Coffee/Tea & cake
4:20-4:30 p.m. - Introduction: Frederik Swennen, research director PR2
4:30-5:10 p.m. - Faculty Lecture: After Legal Equality: Robert Leckey
5:10-5:20 p.m. - Response :Daniel Monk
5:20-5:45 p.m. - Discussion: Moderated by George Pavlakos, director Centre for Law & Cosmopolitan Values