An academic research project aiming at:
- Introducing and mainstreaming feminist legal theory in French legal research
- Demonstrating that gender inequalities manifest themselves not only within the law but are also created by the law.

Feminist legal theory was born in the Anglo-American context and has never really taken root in French legal academic debates. Hence, REGINE has two ambitious goals: On the one hand, to make the impact of feminist legal theory on international and European law known and to extend its applications to the French legal system by analyzing whole sectors of French law through a gendered lens, thus demonstrating whether and how law produces gender (in)equality. On the other hand, the project tries to intervene more specifically at the level of teaching and the transmission of this legal methodology through research, publications and/or actions destined not only to innovate legal teaching but also to include associations in the reflection about the relationship between law and gender. In practice and chronologically, the project will be organized along three different lines of research:

Line of research 1 (2011-2012) – Gender inequality by law

The first line of research analyzes the impact of feminist legal theory on foreign national legal systems and its effects on international and European law.

Line of research 2 (2012 – 2013) – Gender inequality and French law

The second line of research will try to systematically analyze the different branches of the French legal system from a gender perspective. In particular, the focus will be on the hypothesis that gender inequality is not only tolerated or ignored by law but that law actually fosters or entrenches such inequalities. 

Line of research 3 (2013 – 2014) – Rethinking law through gender

The third and more theoretical line of research aims at reformulating certain main legal concepts depending on the challenges and limits which may have arisen through a gendered analysis of French law.