After Legal Equality

Lecture by Prof. dr. Robert Leckey - McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Respondent: Daniel Monk, Birbeck College (London, UK)

Monday 23 February 2015 - 4:00-5:45 p.m.

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.

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 Birbeck, University of London and director of Birbeck 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.


  • 4:00-4:20 p.m. Coffee/Tea & cake
  • 4:20-4:30 p.m. Introduction
    Frederik Swennen, research director PR²
  • 4:30-5:00 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