Call for Editorial Board Members

by | 18 Aug 2020

Feminist Legal Studies celebrated its 25 year anniversary in 2018.  After two decades of operating successfully from Kent Law School, in 2013 the editorial board of the journal was reconstituted from members from a variety of UK universities. The editorial board continues to operate as a collective and to publish interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged feminist scholarship relating to law and legal phenomena.

In the last six years the board has also been involved in a range of activities including hosting a workshop on feminism, legality and knowledge, contributing to the Global South ECR writing workshops (led out of the Cardiff Law and Global Justice), bidding for our own funding to host workshops for ECRs and co-authoring a statement with other journal editors about the future of academic publishing.[1]  We have also published a number of editorials in which we detail our commitments to feminist publishing and ethics more broadly (a list of references to a selection of these is below).

We are currently seeking up to five new editorial board members, to include colleagues from Universities in the Republic of Ireland.

Would you like to join us? If you think you might be interested:

  • Read more about what is involved;
  • Check out our statement of principles and editorials;
  • Fill in the form overleaf, telling us a bit more about yourself; and
  • Send the form to Karen Desborough ( by 5pm on 30 October 2020.
  • If you have any questions about the role please contact any existing member of the editorial board of the journal:

New editorial board members will be selected with reference to the following criteria:

  • Range of subject specialisms, theoretical perspectives and methodological expertise;
  • Relevant journal and publishing experience as well as related experience – for example, organising reading groups or workshops;
  • Range of institutional affiliation and career stages;
  • Our commitment to featuring and promoting scholars and scholarship from minoritised groups.

We particularly encourage applications which contribute to living feminist commitments to regenerate critical knowledge of law, legality and justice. We would love to hear from those who are making feminist archives speak differently and speculating about possible feminist futures.

What is involved?

Running a journal is hard work, but it is also fun. Responsibilities of editorial board membership include, but are not limited to:

  • Reading articles;
  • Editing;
  • Proof-reading and copy-editing for publication;
  • Attending meetings (at least six per year);
  • Corresponding with authors and reviewers;
  • Spreading the word about the journal;
  • Planning for the future of the journal.

The expectation is that you would commit to being a member of the editorial board for at least three years. We aim to have new members in place before the start of the new year (2021)

Our Statement of Principles

Feminist Legal Studies aims to publish critical, interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged feminist scholarship relating to law (broadly conceived). It has a particular interest in work that extends feminist debates and analysis by reference to critical and theoretical approaches and perspectives, including postcolonial, transnational and poststructuralist work. The journal publishes material in a range of formats, including articles, essay reviews, interviews, book reviews, notes on recent legal developments and creative content. The journal is committed to an international perspective and to the promotion of feminist work in all areas of law. The editorial board encourages the submission of papers from people working outside the academy, as well as from researchers in any discipline.

You may find it useful to refer to previous editorials of the journal, which detail our practice and our feminist commitments:

  • Fletcher, Ruth. 2015. Responding to submissions and introducing issue 23 (1). Feminist Legal Studies 23 (1): 1–6.
  • Fletcher, Ruth. 2015. FLaK: Mixing feminism, legality and knowledge. Feminist Legal Studies 23 (3): 241–252.
  • Fletcher, Ruth et al. 2016. Internationalism and commitment at the kitchen table. Feminist Legal Studies 24 (1): 1–6.
  • Fletcher, Ruth et al. 2017. Wench tactics? Openings in conditions of closure. Feminist Legal Studies 25 (1): 1–23.
  • Naqvi, Zainab Batul et al. 2019. Back at the kitchen table: Reflections on decolonising and internationalising with the Global South socio-legal writing workshops. 27(2) 123–137.
  • Naqvi, Zainab Batul and Yvette Russell. 2020. A Wench’s Guide to Surviving a ‘Global’ Pandemic Crisis: Feminist Publishing in a Time of COVID-19. Feminist Legal Studies (28)(2).


Application Form


Institutional Affiliation:


Telephone Number (specify work or other):

Email address:

Stage of career (e.g., permanent employment; early career, middle career):

Structural disadvantages (for example: disability, immigration status, ethnicity):

*Please attach a maximum 2 side, A4 c.v. (minimum font 12).

Statement of Interest:

Please explain in no more than 500 words why you are interested in being an editorial board member of FLS and what skills and/or experience you would bring:




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