Eliza Bateman is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Law at McGill. She researches and writes in the areas of human rights, legal theory and gender identity politics. Her dissertation focuses on how LGBTQ+-identifying members of religious communities act as legal subjects within communities that disavow or forbid their sexuality. This work applies a feminist method and centres on the experience of religious women who identify as LGBTQ+ or who connect to LGBTQ+ people through marriage or family. Eliza is admitted to the Bar in the state of Victoria, Australia. She previously worked as a lawyer specializing in administrative law and equal opportunity and human rights matters: as a senior legal advisor for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and then as a senior lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid. Eliza has also worked as a senior policy officer, sensitive case manager and lawyer for the Australian Federal Government.
Between Shul and State: Lesbian Orthodox Women Negotiate Religion and Law
In this section of my research, I analyze tensions and attempted reconciliations that LGBTQ-identifying religious women experience in terms of their religious and sexual selfhood. This analysis is situated in the rights discourse of liberal democracies (such as the USA and Canada) where state law increasingly recognises the equality rights of LGBTQ people, including marriage […]