THE NEW SELF-DEFENCE LAW: PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT OR STATUS QUO?

  • Vanessa A MacDonnell
Keywords: Battered Women, feminist, self-defence, gender

Abstract

For more than three decades, feminist law reformers have argued that the law must better account for the different ways that men and women act in self-defence. In R v Lavallee, the Supreme Court agreed. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that when the Conservative government introduced changes to the self-defence provisions in 2011 the amendments would reflect this evolution. In this paper I assess whether the law of selfdefence is stronger now that feminist demands for change have been translated into law. In particular, I ask whether the new provision is likely to produce better results for groups whose self-defence claims have not always been dealt with satisfactorily.

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Published
2014-12-01
Section
Legal Commentary