Edinburgh Research Explorer

Prof Sharon Cowan

Personal Chair of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies

  1. Chapter (peer-reviewed) › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. 'Freedom and Capacity to make a Choice': A Feminist Analysis of Consent in the Criminal Law of Rape

    Cowan, S., 2007, Sexuality and the Law: Feminist Engagements. Munro, V. & Stychin, C. (eds.). Glasshouse Press (Routledge-Cavendish), p. 51-71 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. All Change or Business as Usual? Reforming the Law of Rape in Scotland

    Cowan, S., 2010, Rethinking Rape Law: International and Comparative Perspectives. McGlynn, C. & Munro, V. E. (eds.). Routledge, p. 154-69 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  4. Choosing Freely: Theoretically Reframing the Concept of Consent

    Cowan, S., 2007, Choice and Consent: Feminist Engagements with Law and Subjectivity. Hunter, R. & Cowan, S. (eds.). Routledge-Cavendish, p. 91-105 15 p. (Critical Approaches to Law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  5. Criminalizing SM: Disavowing the Erotic, Instantiating Violence

    Cowan, S., 2012, The Structures of the Criminal Law. Duff, R. A., Farmer, L., Marshall, S. E., Renzo, M. & Tadros, V. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 59-84 26 p. (Criminalization).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  6. Crossing Borders, Inhabiting Spaces: The (In)credibility of Sexual Violence in Asylum Appeals

    Cowan, S., Baillot, H. & Munro, V., 2011, Regulating the International Movement of Women: From Protection to Control. FitzGerald, S. (ed.). Routledge, p. 111-32 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  7. Devolving dictum? Legal tradition, national identity and feminist activism

    Cowan, S., Kennedy, C. & Munro, V., 11 Nov 2019, Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re)Creating Law from the Outside In. Cowan, S., Kennedy, C. & Munro, V. E. (eds.). Hart Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  8. Playing Games with Law

    Cowan, S., Bouclin, S. & Calder, G., 2013, The Arts and the Legal Academy: Beyond Text in Legal Education. Bankowski, Z., Del Mar, M. & Maharg, P. (eds.). Ashgate Publishing, p. 63-86 (Emerging Legal Education).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  9. Sex/gender equality: Taking a break from the legal to transform the social

    Cowan, S., Dec 2015, Exploring the ‘Legal’ in Socio-Legal Studies. Cowan, D. & Wincott, D. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 115-134 20 p. (Socio-Legal Studies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  10. The Pain of Pleasure: Consent and the Criminalisation of Sado-Masochistic 'Assaults'

    Cowan, S., Oct 2010, Essays in Criminal Law in Honour of Sir Gerald Gordon. Chalmers, J., Leverik, F. & Farmer, L. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 126-40 15 p. (Edinburgh Studies in Law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  11. The relevance of sexual history and vulnerability in the prosecution of sexual offences

    Cowan, S. & Campbell, L., Nov 2017, Scottish Criminal Evidence Law : Current Developments and Future Trends. Duff, P. & Ferguson, P. R. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  12. Through the looking glass? Feminist praxis, artistic methods and Scottish feminist judging

    Cowan, S., Kennedy, C. & Munro, V., 11 Nov 2019, Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re)Creating Law from the Outside In. Hart Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  13. Vulnerability, victimhood and sex offences

    Cowan, S. & Hewer, R., 2 Mar 2020, Research Handbook on Gender, Law and Sexuality. Ashford, C. & Maine, A. (eds.). Cheltenham : Edgar Elgar, p. 341-360

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  14. What a Long Strange Trip It's Been: Feminist and Queer Travels with Sex, Gender and Sexuality

    Cowan, S., 2013, The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory. Davies, M. & Munro, V. E. (eds.). new ed. Ashgate Publishing, p. 105-25

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  15. Article › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  16. The Scottish Feminist Judgments Project on tour: (Re)Teaching and (re)learning law

    Kennedy, C., Cowan, S. & Munro, V., 15 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Canadian Legal Education Annual Review .

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  17. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  18. "Just a Story": Rape Narratives and Credibility Assessments of Women Seeking Asylum

    Baillot, H., Cowan, S. & Munro, V., Jun 2012, In : Women's Asylum News. 111, p. 1-5

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  19. 'Gender is No Substitute for Sex': A Comparative Human Rights Analysis of the Legal Regulation of Sexual Identity

    Cowan, S., 2005, In : Feminist Legal Studies. 13, 1, p. 67-96 29 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  20. 'That Woman is a Woman!': The Case of Bellinger v Bellinger and the Mysterious Disappearance of Sex

    Cowan, S., 2004, In : Feminist Legal Studies. 12, 1, p. 79-92 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  21. In search of connections: Reading between the lines of Nicola Lacey’s In search of criminal responsibility

    Cowan, S., 30 Nov 2017, In : Critical Analysis of Law. 4, 2, p. 211-221

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  22. Looking Back (To)wards the Body: Medicalization and the GRA

    Cowan, S., 2009, In : Social and Legal Studies. 18, 2, p. 247-52 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  23. Motivating Questions and Partial Answers: A Response to Prosecuting Domestic Violence by Michelle Madden Dempse

    Cowan, S., 2012, In : Criminal Law and Philosophy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  24. Offenses of Sex or Violence? Consent, Fraud, and HIV Transmission

    Cowan, S., 1 Jan 2014, In : New Criminal Law Review. 17, 1, p. 135-161

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  25. Open Letter to the Scottish Law Commission

    Cowan, S. & Tadros, V., 2006, In : Scots Law Times. 25, p. 157-67 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  26. Re-imagining Equality: Meaning and Movement

    Cowan, S. & Calder, G., 2008, In : Australian Feminist Law Journal. 29, p. 109-30 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  27. Reason to Disbelieve: Evaluating the Rape Claims of Women Seeking Asylum in the UK

    Baillot, H., Cowan, S. & Munro, V. E., Mar 2014, In : International Journal of Law in Context. 10, 1, p. 105-39

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  28. Review of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude by Jennifer Temkin & Barbara Krahé

    Cowan, S., 2008, In : SCOLAG Legal Journal. 372, p. 266

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  29. Second-Hand Emotion? Exploring the Contagion and Impact of Trauma and Distress in the Asylum Law Context

    Baillot, H., Cowan, S. & Munro, V. E., Nov 2013, In : Journal of Law and Society. 40, 4, p. 509-540

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  30. Seeing things differently: Art, law and justice in the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project

    Cowan, S., Kennedy, C. & Munro, V. E., 9 Jul 2020, In : feminists@law. 10, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  31. Seen But Not Heard? Parallels and Dissonances in the Treatment of Rape Narratives across the Asylum and Criminal Justice Contexts

    Cowan, S., Baillot, H. & Munro, V., 2009, In : Journal of Law and Society. 36, 2, p. 195-219 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  32. Sense and sensibilities: A feminist critique of legal interventions against sexual violence

    Cowan, S., 1 Jan 2019, In : Edinburgh Law Review. 23, 1, p. 22-51

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  33. The Elvis We Deserve: The Social Regulation of Sex/Gender and sexuality through Cultural Representations of ‘The King’

    Cowan, S., 2010, In : Law, Culture and the Humanities. 6, 2, p. 221-24 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  34. The Headscarf Controversy: A Response to Jill Marshall

    Cowan, S., 2008, In : Res Publica. 14, 3, p. 193-201 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  35. The Scottish Feminist Judgments Project: A new frontier

    Cowan, S., 2018, In : Oñati Socio-legal Series. 8, 9, p. 1386-1401

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  36. The Trouble with Drink: Intoxication, (In)Capacity and the Evaporation of Consent to Sex

    Cowan, S., 2008, In : Akron Law Review. 41, 4, p. 899-922 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  37. To Buy or Not to Buy? Vulnerability and the Criminalisation of Commercial BDSM

    Cowan, S., 2012, In : Feminist Legal Studies. 20, 3, p. 263-79 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  38. We Walk Among You: Trans Identity Politics Goes to the Movies

    Cowan, S., 2009, In : Canadian Journal of Women and the Law / Revue Femmes et Droit. 21, 1, p. 91-118 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  39. Words, Desires and Ideas: Freud, Foucault and the Hermaphroditic Roots of Bisexuality

    Cowan, S. & Elden, S., 2002, In : Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy. 13, p. 79-99 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  40. ‘Hearing the Right Gaps’: Enabling and Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence within the UK Asylum Process

    Cowan, S., Baillot, H. & Munro, V., 2012, In : Social and Legal Studies. 21, 3, p. 1-28 29 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  41. Letter › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  42. A Troubling Lack of Clarity in Scots Law Regarding Assisted Suicide

    Cairns, I., Campbell, L., Chalmers, J., Christie, S., Cornford, A., Cowan, S., Duff, A., Duff, P., Elliston, S., Farmer, L., Ferguson, P., Kennedy, C., Leverick, F., McDiarmid, C., Maher, G., Marshall, S., Nicolson, D., Ramsay, J., Shaw, E., Tickell, A. & 1 others, Williamson, S., 31 Mar 2015, In : Herald (Glasgow).

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  43. Letter › Research › Peer-reviewed
  44. Open Letter to the Scottish Law Commission's Consultation Document

    Burman, M., Calder, G., Chalmers, J., Casey, J., Cowan, S., Cruft, R., Dempsey, M., Duff, A., Ellison, L., Farmer, L., Ferguson, P., Hanley, C., Hodgson, J., Jamieson, L., Kelly, L., Królikowski, M., Marshall, S., McGlynn, C., Munro, V., Norrie, A. & 8 others, O'Hara, S., Power, H., Raitt, F., Redmayne, M., Shute, S., Sullivan, B., Tadros, V. & Viskum, B., 2006, In : Scots Law Times. p. 157-67

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  45. Comment/debate › Research › Peer-reviewed
  46. Feminist Judgments Projects at the Intersection

    Kennedy, C., Munro, V., Cowan, S., Gayoye, M., Hunter, M., Manji, A., Matinda, M., Sekalala, S., Chaudhary, R., Lammasniemi, L., Munoth, S., Prabhat, D., Sen, J. & Black, G., 18 Apr 2020, In : Feminist Legal Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  47. Book/Film/Article review › Research › Peer-reviewed
  48. Beyond the War on Crime: Personhood, Punishment and the State

    Cowan, S., 2006, In : Buffalo Criminal Law Review. 9, 2, p. 655-90 35 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  49. Review of 'Scots Criminal Law: A Critical Analysis' By Pamel Ferguson and Claire McDiarmid

    Cowan, S., 2011, In : SCOLAG Legal Journal. 408, p. 242-243 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  50. Other contribution › Research
  51. Feminist Judging: From Margin to Centre

    Cowan, S., Kennedy, C. & Munro, V., 21 Nov 2018, Social and Legal Studies.

    Research output: Other contribution

  52. Digital or Visual Products › Research
  53. Speaking Truth to Power: Challenging Legal Injustice Through an Artistic Lens

    Kennedy, C. & Cowan, S., 11 Nov 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  54. Working paper › Research
  55. 'Hearing the Right Gaps': Enabling and Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence within the UK Asylum Process

    Cowan, S., Baillot, H. & Munro, V., 2013, University of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers, 25 p.

    Research output: Working paper

  56. 'We Walk Among You': Trans Identity Politics Goes to the Movies

    Cowan, S., 2013, University of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers, 29 p.

    Research output: Working paper

  57. Re-Imagining Equality: Meaning and Movement

    Cowan, S. & Calder, G., 2013, University of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers, 23 p.

    Research output: Working paper

  58. The Elvis We Deserve: The Social Regulation of Sex/Gender and Sexuality Through Cultural Representations of 'the King'

    Cowan, S., 2009, SSRN: University of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers, 42 p.

    Research output: Working paper

  59. The Trouble with Drink: Intoxication, (In)Capacity and the Evaporation of Consent to Sex

    Cowan, S., 2011, SSRN: University of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers, 17 p.

    Research output: Working paper

  60. To Buy or Not to Buy? Vulnerability and the Criminalisation of Commercial BDSM

    Cowan, S., 2013, University of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers, 36 p.

    Research output: Working paper

  61. Book › Research
  62. Mason's Forensic Medicine for Lawyers

    Cowan, S. & Hunt, A. C., 2008, 5th ed. Tottel Publishing. 618 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  63. Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re)Creating Law from the Outside In

    Cowan, S. (ed.), Kennedy, C. (ed.) & Munro, V. (ed.), 11 Nov 2019, Hart Publishing.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  64. Anthology › Research
  65. Choice and Consent: Feminist Engagements with Law and Subjectivity

    Cowan, S. (ed.) & Hunter, R. (ed.), 2007, Routledge-Cavendish. 192 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  66. Commissioned report › Research
  67. Research Briefing: Rape Narratives and Credibility Assessment (of Female Claimants) at the AIT

    Baillot, H., Cowan, S. & Munro, V., 2012, The Nuffield Foundation. 8 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  68. Article › Research
  69. Law from the outside in: Creative rethinking

    Kennedy, C., Cowan, S. & Munro, V., 9 Dec 2019, Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, 2019, December.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  70. Scottish Feminist Judgments Project

    Cowan, S., Kennedy, C. & Munro, V., 4 Dec 2017, SCOLAG Legal Journal, 482.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle