The Emergence of Lesbian Theory of Law

Why and How the Lesbian Theory of Law Has Been Developed




Lesbianism, Lesbian Jurisprudence, Heterosexism, Lesbian Theory of Law


In the late eighties of the 20th century, the methodological reflection of lesbian identity arose within the framework of feminist jurisprudence. Although the original intention was to include lesbian identity in a woman's identity, in a relatively short period there was a sudden break. Lesbian identity became a distinct identity considered to be the central position of lesbian jurisprudence. This study presents the peculiar features of lesbian legal theory. It tries to point out the historical and ideological determinants that led lesbianism to enter (legal) feminism. Lesbian separatism also took part in this development. It turned out to be the main reason for the separation of lesbian legal scholars from the feminist jurisprudence. The study presents the core ideological assumptions that constitute the theoretical nature of the lesbian theory of law, which is based on lesbian (legal) experiences.

Author Biography

Dominik Šoltys, University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik

Faculty of Law
Gustav Radbruch Institute of Theory of Law
Kováčska 26
040 75 Košice; Slovakia


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How to Cite

Šoltys, D. (2024). The Emergence of Lesbian Theory of Law: Why and How the Lesbian Theory of Law Has Been Developed. Bratislava Law Review, 8(1), 27–48.