Gender Institute Prizes for Excellence in Gender Research

8 July 2016

PhD student Meredith Edelman is one of three people to be recognised for their contribution to gender research in the annual ANU Gender Institute Prizes for Excellence in Gender Research Awards.

Ms Edelman from the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance was awarded best journal article for An Unexpected Path: Bankruptcy, Justice, and Intersecting Identities in the Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandals.

Ms Edelman said it was an honour to be recognised for her work.

"The Gender Institute is a really wonderful way to support feminist work across the University, and I am really honoured that my paper was considered and selected from what I am sure was an impressive group," she said.

The article discusses some shortcomings of civil litigation as a process for seeking justice, and argues that US bankruptcy law demonstrates a model of some possibly better processes for victims of institutional sexual abuse.  

Edelman argues that, in some respects, bankruptcy cases initiated by Catholic dioceses in the United States have provided victims of institutional sexual abuse with a better process for justice-seeking.

In making this argument, the article pays attention to how victim identity impacts the ability to seek justice, and how different kinds process can allow for more victims to secure a legal remedy.

"It compares female and male victims, looks at issues to do with being rich or poor, white or black or rural or urban and the issues for indigenous people." said Associate Professor Fiona Jenkins, former Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

"The article was deemed very impressive by the committee especially for the range of evidence was gathered from very different sources."  

Other prize winners included:  

Best Honours Thesis, Roseanna Bricknell from the ANU College of Law  

When Rumpelstiltskin Comes to Collect: A Feminist Labour Argument against Employer Sponsored Oocyte Cryopreservation in Australia  

Best PhD Thesis, Hannah McCann from the School of Sociology 

Re-Reading the Feminine Present: Affective and Queer Transformations.