1st Edition

Legal Feminism Italian Theories and Perspectives

Edited By Anna Simone, Ilaria Boiano, Angela Condello Copyright 2023
    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    The volume offers an overview of the theories and practices of Italian legal feminism, presenting both the main themes addressed and the main protagonists of Italian feminist legal theory.

    The book is divided into two parts. The first is dedicated to deepening crucial issues that directly concern women’s knowledge and lives from a feminist perspective, such as the interconnection between law, rights and justice; diversity, difference and equality; sex, sexuality and reproduction; citizenship and borders; deviance, criminal matters and security; and victims, victimology, and vulnerability. Each set of thematic issues is analysed by a current Italian feminist legal scholar, who engages with multiple feminist voices in order to emphasise the need for an interdisciplinary approach to law from a feminist perspective. The second part of the book is devoted to outlining the paths of study, research and practice of specific and renowned Italian legal scholars who have provided the foundation for legal feminism in Italy: Letizia Gianformaggio, Tamar Pitch, Silvia Niccolai, and Lia Cigarini. The book thereby offers, for the first time, a comprehensive account of the traditions and trajectories of Italian legal feminism, thus opening up a dialogue with other feminist approaches to law and justice.

    The book will appeal to scholars in legal theory, critical and sociolegal studies, sociology, gender studies, and critical criminology.

    Part One - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Legal Feminism 

    1. Law/Rights/Justice 

    Anna Simone 

    2. Difference/Equality

    Chiara Giorgi 

    3. Sex/Sexuality/Reproduction

    Angela Condello 

    4. Citizenship/Borders

    Ilaria Boiano 

    5. Deviance/The Criminal Question/Security 

    Valeria Verdolini 

    6. Victim/Victimology/Vulnerability

    Chiara Federica Pedace

    Part Two - The Main Protagonists of Italian Legal Feminism 

    7. Letizia Gianformaggio and Legal Equality

    Angela Condello 

    8. Tamar Pitch. Difference, Differences and Fundamental Rights 

    Ilaria Boiano 

    9. Silvia Niccolai. Legal Experience as Human Experience

    Anna Simone 

    10. Lia Cigarini and the Freedom of the ‘Legislative Void’

    Ilaria Boiano and Angela Condello


    Anna Simone is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Roma Tre, Italy.

    Ilaria Boiano is fellow researcher at University of Roma Tre and Women’s Rights lawyer at Differenza Donna NGO, Rome, Italy.

    Angela Condello is Professor in the Law Department at the University of Messina, Italy.

    Emma C. Gainsforth graduated in philosophy and works as a translator.