Harvard Law School professor and author Janet Halley will give a lecture, “A Legal Realist Analysis of Rape Law: The Case of Rusk v. State,” on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 4:15 p.m., in the Kirner-Johnson Building’s Bradford Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.

Halley is the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism. Before teaching at Harvard Halley was a law professor at Stanford Law School and assistant professor of English at Hamilton College She has a Ph.D. in English from UCLA and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

She is the author of “What is Family Law?: A Genealogy,” published last year in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. Her current book projects are The Family/Market Distinction: A Genealogy and Critique, and Rape in Armed Conflict: Assessing the Feminist Vision and its Law.

Halley is co-director of the Trafficking Roundtable and of the Up Against Family Law Exceptionalism Conference, an international collaboration dedicated to studying the role of the family and family law in colonization, decolonization and contemporary globalization. She was recently awarded the Career Achievement Award for Law and the Humanities by the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.

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