Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice
Treating equally those who are unequal creates further inequality
Helena Kennedy is a barrister working in criminal law, and she sees in the current spate of miscarriages of justice coming to light an opportunity for radical reform in the courts except it's 1992. I need a sequel to this book! I should read her more recent work to see what happened next. She certainly creates a mood of drama and urgency here.
Kennedy more or less fell into the law and the training for the Bar could only have been ...more
More troubling is the impact this lack of representation has on the women who are either victims of crimes (particularly ...more
While it does tell you facts and figures and is detailed in its evidence, it also tells stories of the authors experience and narrates courtroom drama in a way that keeps you interested in what Kennedy is trying to tell you.
And on that subject, what she is trying to tell you is perfectly argued. This novel might be slightly out of date in its ...more
If I were to discuss the book purely based on its content, I'd reach the harsh conclusion that it could have been better. That's not to say the book is not worth reading since it contains its more than fair share of 'inside stories', analysis and theoretical accounts.
But I found myself reading some sentences twice due to the absurdity of some of Kennedy's allegations. It is not enough to say 'no'. Men hear a challenge to their masculinity in the sound. As a person who has read widely on...more
The text looks at the experience of women in the British justice system, each chapter covering a specific topic including: the experience of female lawyers, rape and domestic violence, the impact of race on the experience of female defendants, and the law of manslaughter and how its applied to the different genders.
Kennedys book is 25-years-old yet still seems ...more
Its a sobering fact that although Helena Kennedy's book was first published in 1992, every word is still relevant today. This is a concise, well crafted look at women and the justice system. Using her own experience and expertise, Kennedy reflects on how women often fail to find justice or fair treatment when it comes to the criminal law in the UK. This book is intersectional and touches upon race and sexuality. ...more
Happy to see that many of Kennedy's suggestions for reform have been taken up, albeit a decade or 2 late. Would love to read an update from this woman on her current views of the system ...more