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Edited by María Victoria Kristan and Lorena Ramírez-Ludeña

Editor’s notes

This issue of Revus is intended to contribute significantly to the consolidation of the idea that there are women working in legal theory. All too often women are underrepresented in various areas of the academic community. Legal theory is no exception to this problem. Even though it is assumed in principle that women's work is relevant, in practise this is not reflected in the number of publications and citations, to name but two examples. In addition, all too often women are not taken into account with the excuse that there are simply no women in legal theory. In order to show that this is emphatically not the case - but also to highlight their current subaltern position and contribute to its improvement - we have decided to collect here under the heading "In theory there are women (in theory)" exclusively the contributions of women legal philosophers. These works deal with various problems of jurisprudence, from questions of legal interpretation to evidence theory. We believe that this is not only a way to show that there are indeed many women in legal theory who deserve to be invited to scientific events and have their works read and their ideas discussed. Rather, we hope that it is also a contribution to bridging the gender gap that exists - also in this journal - in terms of the number of publication proposals submitted by women authors. The contributions published in this volume are the result of a fruitful discussion of the arguments presented in the first edition of the congress "In theory there are women (in theory)". The Congress, organised by Carolina Fernández Blanco, María Victoria Kristan, Lorena Ramírez-Ludeña and Carmen Vázquez and held in Barcelona at the University Pompeu Fabra on September 27 and 28, 2018, included, in addition to the authors published here, two lectures by Veronica Rodríguez-Blanco and Susana Pozzolo. They are not part of this volume, as they have already been published elsewhere. We would like to thank Silvina Álvarez, Ana Lúcia Correia da Costa, Lucila Fernández Alle, Marisa Iglesias, Elena Marchese, Julieta Rábanos, Ángeles Ródenas and Silvia Zorzetto, who were the panellists. The second edition of the Congress, scheduled for April 2020 and postponed because of COVID-19, will finally take place on 15 and 16 April 2021 at the University of Girona. We would like to acknowledge the support of the Spanish government (MINECO, DER2016-80471-C2-1R) for the English translation and revision of some of the contributions, as well as the work of the anonymous reviewers, mostly women.

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