Legal concepts of rape
Mari Heidenborg, Lisa Gormley & Elizabeth Sheehy
Mari Heidenborg has been a judge for 15 years and has, since 2011, had the position as cheif judge at Solna District Court, one of the largest district Court in Sweden. She is now serving as a Justice in the Supreme Court. Marie Heidenborg has had several assignment for the Swedish Government, concerning legislation in the area of Criminal Law. She has been appointed Chair of the Swedish Sexual Offences Comission of 2014, which deals with various questions concerning the legislation on rape, among others if it should be based on consent.
Lisa Gormley was awarded a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law in 2000. From 2000 to 2014 she served as a legal adviser at Amnesty International Secretariat, mostly specialising in women’s rights in international law.
Elizabeth Sheehy, LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. (Honoris causa), FRSC, is Vice Dean Research and Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. She teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Sexual Assault Law, and Defending Battered Women on Trial. She was co-counsel for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) in its intervention in R v JA (“advance consent” to sexual assault) and has participated in the legal work for many ground-breaking cases including the Jane Doe litigation (ONCJ 1998) and the legal intervention by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter in Mooney v AG of BC (BCCA 2004).
Professor Sheehy contributes regularly to print and radio media analyses and publishes op eds on legal responses to male violence against women. Her research record includes her most recent books: Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism and Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts.