Nominee: Ilse Reiter-Zatloukal
I have been committed to the subject of women in law and have concerned myself with the impact of male-dominated law on women ever since my early academic days – at a time when addressing these issues in teaching and research still attracted a great deal of ridicule and did not yet have the status they have now.
Since 1993, I have held a gender-specific lecture on legal history at least once a year, usually on an interdisciplinary basis. However, 27 years ago, those courses were still called only “women-specific”. Soon, more and more female colleagues joined my very first supporters and me, and we formed the “women’s research group Juridicum”. At that time, however, most women in the university field were only assistants, the professorship consisting almost entirely of men. Over time, this initial cooperation in teaching led to the highly successful “Legal Gender Studies-Wahlfachkorb”, an optional subject specialisation at the faculty.
Therefore I am happy to witness and accompany the work of the WIL initiative, and it is a great honour for me to be one of the nominees for the WIL Awards! May the time soon come in which the issues the WIL initiative is concerned with will only be a mere object of legal history – a time, when gender equality is realized in all branches of law. However, there is still a long way to go, and I am proud to walk at your side.
Ilse Reiter-Zatlouka is taking part in the 2020 Justitia Awards. We are grateful for her contribution.