Schultz, Ulrike

FernUniversität in Hagen (Germany)


Ulrike Schultz is a lawyer and retired Senior Academic at the FernUniversität Hagen, specialised in questions of gender and law, the sociology of the legal professions, European law and didactics of law. She has taken part in and organised many international socio-legal projects, has been member of the International socio-legal group on the Comparative Studies of the Legal Profession since its inception in 1980, as chair of the group from 2010 to 2014, and as head of 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), Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy (2021).

She has headed several big national empirical research projects, amongst them “Women in Leading Position in the Judiciary in Northrhine-Westfalia”, “Women Law Professors in Germany”. 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 (VINGS) and a Gender Module in the Master of Laws. She is co-editor of a quarterly journal for equal opportunities officers, on the editorial board of several journals, is an EU ethics-consultant, and is working as consultant and teacher for national (GIZ, Böll-Foundation, IRZ) and international organisations (EIGE, ODIHR) in international projects on gender and democracy. Since 2006 she has been as RCSL member on the IISL board, was RCSL board member for eight years, 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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