The City Law School’s Dr Sabrina Germain and Dr Adrienne Yong host a symposium ahead of the publication of their forthcoming edited collection.

By City Press Office (City Press Office), Published

Dr Sabrina Germain and Dr Adrienne Yong, Senior Lecturers in Law at The City Law School and committee members of the Gender & Sexuality Research Centre (GSRC) held a successful two-day symposium on 9 & 10 June 2021.

This symposium showcased their forthcoming edited collection with Bristol University Press, under the Bristol Studies in Law and Social Justice Series tentatively entitled “Beyond the Virus: Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives on Inequalities raised by COVID-19”, due in late 2022.

Intended to be a forum for work in progress, the symposium was the first opportunity for the contributors of the edited collection’s twelve chapters to meet each other and exchange ideas on what is a fast-moving and very topical area of research interest – the COVID-19 pandemic and inequalities. The idea behind the project was to bring together a range of international scholars from multiple disciplines (law, sociology and politics) to showcase a diversity of perspectives on themes around the inequalities raised by the pandemic.


The symposium had four panels addressing a variety of themes, broadly around the collection’s examination of social inequalities under three thematic strands: power and governance, gender and sexuality, and marginalised communities.

Panel 1 included Dr Gwilym David Blunt (City, University of London), Dr Marie-Ève Couture-Ménard, Professor Louise Bernier, Dr Mylaine Breton and Professor Jean-Frédéric Ménard (Université de Sherbrooke), Dr Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos (Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa), Professor Roy Gilbar (Netanya Academic College) & Dr Nili Karako-Eyal (Haim Striks School of Law College of Management). Professor Marie-Andrée Jacob (University of Leeds) & Dr Octavio Ferraz (King’s College London) provided valuable feedback as discussants.

Panel 2 had Dr Joe Tomlinson (University of York & Public Law Project) & Dr Jed Meers (University of York), Dr Valentina Cardo (University of Southampton) & Dr Julia Boelle (Cardiff University) present, with feedback from Professor Jo Littler (City, University of London) & Dr Maartje de Visser (Singapore Management University).

Panel 3 heard Professor Buhm-Suk Baek (Kyung Hee University) & Dr Aya Musmar (University of Petra) & Dr Zainab Naqvi (De Montford University) and had comments from Professor Chris Ashford (Northumbria University) & Dr Flora Renz (University of Kent).

Panel 4 saw Dr Diana Yeh (City, University of London) and Dr YY Brandon Chen (University of Ottawa) speak with Dr Shan-Jan Sarah Liu (University of Edinburgh) and Patricia Tuitt (independent legal scholar) discussing their work.

The two-day proceedings saw speakers cover areas including liberty and justice, governance of emergency measures, prisoners’ rights, solidarity, representation in public press conferences, legal compliance, privacy infringements of the LGBT community, women’s rights in higher education, Asian hate crime and migrants’ rights. Jurisdictions covered included the UK, Canada, Brazil, Israel, South Korea & Jordan.

More details on the forthcoming edited collection can be found on this blog post including a full list of contributors to the book.

Video recordings of the event can be found on the event webpage.

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