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Ulrike Schultz

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Ulrike Schultz is a lawyer and retired Senior Academic at the FernUniversität Hagen. She was for thirty years head of the didactics unit for the law faculty, is specialised in European law, the sociology of the legal professions, and questions of gender and law. She has taken part in and organised many international socio-legal projects.

She is the leading international specialist on questions of women/gender in the legal profession, a leading specialist on equal opportunities in comparative perspective and one of the leading national specialists on gender issues in law in Germany.
She has published widely in all these fields.

She has been member of the International socio-legal Group on the Comparative Studies of the Legal Profession since its inception in 1980, has been chair of the group from 2010 to 2014, and has been heading the Women/Gender in the Legal Profession subgroup since 1994. She has been main organiser of several workshops on legal profession and socio-legal issues. Together with Gisela Shaw she has edited comprehensive international collections on Women in the World´s Legal Professions (2003), Women in the Judiciary (2012), Gender and Judging (2013) and Gender and Judicial Education (2016), her current project being on Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy. comp. also She has headed several big national research projects, amongst them “Women in Leading Position in the Judiciary in Northrhine-Westfalia”, “Women Law Professors in Germany” (jurpro). She works as communication trainer for lawyers and the judiciary. She has set up and organised several further education programmes at her university, such as Women and Law, Legal Skills Training, Law Related Education, Virtual International Gender Studies and a Gender Module in the Master of Laws at her university.

She is co-editor of a quarterly journal for equal opportunities officers, on the editorial board of several journals, a board member of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati/Spain, is an EU ethics-consultant and registered as a consultant for the European Gender institute in Vilnius (EIGE), has been working as consultant for ODIHR, the Human Rights Institute of OSCE, GIZ (the branch of the German Foreign Ministry for developmental aid in emerging democracies) and Böll Foundation in Georgia and IRZ, the German Justice Foundation in Bulgaria. In 2018 she was elected President of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Law RCSL in the International Sociological Association.

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