CFP: Conference on Law, Governance, and Time @ U of Kent (Sept 2016)

 NB: abstracts due in February 2016.

The ‘New’ Legal Temporalities?
Discipline and Resistance across Domains of Time
8-10 September, 2016 University of Kent, UK

Keynote: Carol Greenhouse (Anthropology, Princeton)

Plenary speakers: • Michelle Bastian (Philosophy, Edinburgh) • Sarah Keenan (Law, Birkbeck) • Dipika Jain (Law, Jindal Global Law School) • Justin Richland (Anthropology, Chicago)

Writer in residence: Annabel Lyon (prize-winning author of historical novels The Sweet Girl and The Golden Mean)

Law and governance are intimately entangled with time. This international conference will explore time’s fraught relationship with law, governance and ordering: the use of time in projects of discipline, the significance of time to resistance, the creation of new temporal horizons and experiences through technological innovation, as well as other themes.

The AHRC Regulating Time network invites conference papers, presentations, or art-based engagements focusing on the relationship between law, governance and time, broadly understood. We particularly encourage the participation of scholars working in disciplines other than law and governance, and legal scholars working with interdisciplinary methods or perspectives. We welcome papers on a range of topics engaging broadly with any of the following:

• What can analysing time and temporalities add to our understanding of law, regulation and governance?

• How can we understand the relationship between law, governance and time? What concepts of time help us to trace law’s temporal effects, for example? What is specific or distinct about legal approaches within interdisciplinary studies of time?

• What role and effects does time have in projects of discipline and control, on the one hand, or in resistance and protest, on the other?

In particular, in the context of what some view as an upturn in research on law and time, we invite participants to be critical about what is ‘new’ about critical legal studies of time in the present moment (acknowledging, for instance, the insights of the legal history movement and longstanding postcolonial critiques of ‘universal time’). The conference title, while registering such ‘newness’, also therefore signals our hope to subvert it.

In particular, in the context of what some view as an upturn in research on law and time, we invite participants to be critical about what is ‘new’ about critical legal studies of time in the present moment (acknowledging, for instance, the insights of the legal history movement and longstanding postcolonial critiques of ‘universal time’). The conference title, while registering such ‘newness’, also therefore signals our hope to subvert it.

We welcome individual abstracts, panel and stream proposals. Unless you specify otherwise, we will assign abstracts to panels on the basis of shared themes or topics. Papers are invited also for the following streams and panels which are being organized by members of the Regulating Time network (further details below):

• Radical Temporality: Law, Order and Resistance
• Technologies and Time: Forms of Governance
• Gendered Bodies and the Corporeality of Time
• Temporalities, Law and Security
• Temporalities of Labour: Time, Technology, History and Politics
• The Right to One’s Own Time: Law in the Making

Submitting an Abstract, Stream or Panel Proposal

Deadline for stream and panel proposals: 15 February 2016

Deadline for individual abstracts (300 words or less): 29 February 2016

Stream and panel proposals should contain: title of stream or panel; 150 word (max) summary of themes; list of confirmed participants; paper titles and abstracts all as one package.

Please submit abstracts, stream and panel proposals to the email address below, specifying whether you are submitting to the open call or to one of the prespecified streams. If you are submitting to one of the pre-specified streams then please cc the relevant stream organizer/s, otherwise your paper will not be considered for that stream.

Email address for abstracts and stream/panel proposals:

*Please let us know by email to by 15 February 2016 if you have any of the following requirements:
• Disability-related needs with respect to conference attendance generally
• A visa letter
• Any other specific requirements to facilitate attendance.

Organized Streams and Panels
Radical Temporality: Law, Order & Resistance. Stream. We welcome papers that investigate practices of resistance (actions, groups and movements) in society that challenge the existing order in a more or less fundamental way or to seek to create a completely new order. A central question is: under what conditions is resistance successful, meaningful and legitimate? Key words: time, critique, social theory. Convenors: Lyana Francot-Timmermans ( and Bart van Klink (, University of Amsterdam. • Technologies and Time: Forms of Governance. Stream. This stream will examine how demands for efficient institutional practises has increased the use of technologies and what that means for the way that legal issues are constructed and processed. The stream will also consider the effects of those issues on people who come into contact with the law. Key words: regulation, institutions, efficiency, technology. Convenor: Lucy Welsh (, University of Kent. • Gendered Bodies and the Corporeality of Time. Stream. This stream is focused on the how time interacts, delineates, and impacts on the body. Specifically, it seeks to explore issues around the embodiment of time and corporeal experiences of time and temporality, including issues around bio-technology and gendered bodies. Key words: gender, corporeal, embodiment, bio-politics. Convenor: Starla Hargita (, UTS Sydney/University of Kent. • Temporalities, Law and Security. Stream. This interdisciplinary stream invites contributors to analyse the relations between law and security through a temporal lens and is oriented around the following type of question: What does it mean to rethink the legal conflicts and problems provoked by different security practices – such as targeted killings, cybersecurity, communications surveillance, global health security, financial warfare, resilience, counter-radicalisation, critical infrastructure protection and other counter-terrorism measures – in temporal terms? Key words: security, temporality, regulation, jurisdiction, resilience, accountability. Convenors: Geoff Gordon (, University of Amsterdam and Gavin Sullivan (, University of Kent. • Temporalities of Labour: Time, Technology, History and Politics. Stream. In what ways do projects of law and governance conceptualise, shape, and understand labour time? What can we study when we analyse labour regulation – what is the significance, for example, of ‘old’ and ‘new’ technologies, bureaucratic processes, or of histories of colonial labour regulation? Key words: labour, technologies, bureaucracies, legal technicalities, colonial labour regulation. Convenor: Emily Grabham (, University of Kent.
The Right to One’s Own Time: Law in the Making. Panel. This panel will feature theoretically-engaged papers on rights to time as an immaterial good and on the objective-legal and subjective-legal implication of rights. I am also interested in legal-empirical papers on courts’ or legislative decisions with reference to time (eg train and flight delays, temporal implications of the due process of law, due access to medical treatment, etc. and their treatment by ECJ, ECHR etc.). Key words/phrases: Time as a scarce good; time as an emerging legal value; time as resource for quality of everyday-life; rights in their objective-legal and their subjective-legal dimension. Convenor: Ulrich Mückenberger (, University of Bremen.

Registration and Conference Bursaries

Registration fees for the conference will be as follows:
• £175 for institutionally supported participants
• £50 for non-institutionally supported participants, postgraduate students, artists and writers.

Details of how to register and a list of reasonably priced local accommodation will be available soon on our website.

Two bursaries will be available. These bursaries will be allocated to participants from any country:
1. Postgraduate participants who do not already have institutional support to attend the conference; and/or
2. Other scholars, artists or writers without institutional support.

In order to apply, please send the following to by 15 February 2016 FAO Emily Grabham:
• One page (max) curriculum vitae including details of current employment status and postgraduate studies or other work • Abstract (see above)
• Maximum 500 word statement as to why this support would be of benefit
• One reference from, for example, a PhD supervisor
• Statement of transport and/or accommodation expenses.

For further information about the Regulating Time network, please see our blog, follow us on twitter (@regulatingtime) or join our JISC email list.

IFLS End of Term Luncheon: Nov 27

event poster - all info in post

IFLS invites the Osgoode Feminist Community to join us for an End of Term Luncheon on Friday November 27, 12:30-2:30 in Room 2027.   The luncheon is primarily an opportunity for the Osgoode Feminist community to gather, converse and contemplate the end of the semester.  We will be joined by several special guests, including Prof. Susan Boyd (Emeritus-UBC) who will be at Osgoode to serve as mentor for the first ever IFLS Graduate Writing workshop, and both of our current Artists in Residence, Kami Chisholm and Nadine Valcin.  We will also be screening, during the luncheon, a short preview of Kami’s nearly completed documentary, “Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer Politics.”

Because this is a catered event, please RSVP before November 24. RSVP @
Event Code: BOYD


Ewanchuk (and merit) redux: R v Wagar & Holding Judges Accountable for their treatment of sexual assault complainants

This is a bit of a must read (*i am not describing my own post as a must read! i mean, the work and stories i’m linking to!), and apologies for the ways that I have made it a series of links.  Here’s the short story: Judge makes comments repeatedly throughout a sexual assault trial indicating ignorance of and outright hostility to Canadian law of sexual assault, and “rape shield” provisions.  Acquittal overturned on appeal but without many reasons.  Fabulous law profs write op eds and file official complaint with Canadian Judicial Council.  Within days the Court (!the Court) on which the judge now sits promises he won’t be sitting on any sexual assault cases, indicates that he’ll take gender sensitivity training at his own expense, and quotes the judge’s own apology.  Investigation ongoing.

Interesting parallels and differences here with the saga around complaints about the language used by Alberta Court of Appeal Justice McClung in Ewanchuk (which i will not rehash here, but you can get a flavour from Backhouse, Constance B., The Chilly Climate for Women Judges: Reflections on the Backlash from the Ewanchuk Case (2003). Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 15:1 (2003) 167-93. Available at SSRN:

timeline of recent events

late additions in green: i think that these things are worth adding to the timeline.  See “merit”.  

2011: Charges laid in the sexual assault at issue in R. v. Wagar.

March 2012: Judge Camp’s appointment announced.  Alberta premier is Alison Redford. 

December 2013: Premier Redford is cleared after an ethics panel reviews the awarding of a tobacco litigation contract  that could be worth millions in fees, to her ex-spouse’s law firm, Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes of Alberta.  Prior to his elevation, from 2008-12, Judge Camp was managing partner of this law firm.

2014:  first trial in R. v. Wagar

June 26, 2015: Judge Camp becomes Justice Camp of the Federal Court, approximately one month before the election campaign begins for the October 19, 2015 Federal Elections.

“Judge Camp commenced his judgment by notifying the accused that he was being acquitted, and went on to deliver a lecture to the accused:

The law and the way that people approach sexual activity has changed in the last 30 years. I want you to tell your friends, your male friends, that they have to be far more gentle with women. They have to be far more patient. And they have to be very careful. To protect themselves, they have to be very careful.

The law in Canada today is that you have to be very sure before you engage in any form of sexual activity with a woman. Not just sex, not just oral sex, not even just touching of a personal part of a girl’s body, but just touching at all. You’ve got to be very sure that the girl wants you to do it. Please tell your friends so that they don’t upset women and so that they don’t get into trouble… (Appeal Record, at p 427).

This passage sets the tone for Judge Camp’s reasons for decision: women (or “girls”) are blameworthy, not to be trusted, and men must be protected from them.”

  • November 3

Alice Woolley of UCalgaryLaw regarding what the legal system should do in such cases, also on the Calgary Faculty Blog (ABlawg).

I argue that legal decisions go from being wrong to wrongful when they demonstrate both disrespect for the law and a failure of empathy in regards to the persons who appeared before the court.   In my opinion, Judge Camp’s decision falls within this category; it demonstrates both disrespect for the law governing sexual assault and a pervasive inability to understand or even account for the perspective of the complainant…..

One response to a wrongful decision is censure of the judge by a higher court. That did not happen here. The Court of Appeal’s reasons, while clear and unequivocal in overturning Judge Camp’s decision, are also temperate and measured. They do not criticize the trial judge himself, or suggest that his decision had crossed from the wrong to the wrongful…..

 A judge who merely disrespects the law acts very badly. And a judge who lacks empathy does so as well. But it is the judge who does both, who disregards the law and the people who appear before him or who are affected by his judgments, who acts wrongfully, and whose judgments properly warrant anger and disgust.

  • November 6.  op ed (the date is confusingly listed) Globe & Mail, written by Dal’s Elaine Craig and Assoc. Dean Woolley  (interestingly, in this G&M article, the ED of the CJC seems to be saying that he used his power to initiate an inquiry after reading that op-ed – thus claiming that the official eleven page complaint filed by the four law professors was apparently not the genesis of the investigation – rather, the op-ed that two of them wrote and had published in the Globe worked on its own).
  • November 9, 2015, official filing of an 11page complaint to the Canadian Judicial Council about Justice Camp’s conduct, by professors Woolley and Koshan of the University of Calgary law school, along with Profs Jocelyn Downie and Craig of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie.


  • Also on November 9, 2015, the story starts to diverge a bit from what you might have expected, given Ewanchuk. The Federal Court issued a statement saying in part:

” no new cases will be assigned to Justice Camp that involve issues of sexual conduct or any matter that would raise comparable issues. As well, Justice Camp has agreed to recuse himself from any such cases currently assigned to him”.

  • Justice Camp, through the court, offered an apology (in some newspaper articles, it sounds like these were two separate news releases, but in fact, there is just one):

My sincere apology goes out, in the first place, to the young woman who was the complainant in the matter. I also apologize to the women who experience feelings of anger, frustration and despair at hearing of these events.

  • Later in the day, still November 9, Alice Woolley again, here, on the apology:

Woolley suggests Camp still doesn’t get it.  “Given one of the issues here is his unwillingness to apply the law, I am concerned about the extent to which the statement frames this as an issue of gender sensitivity. His apology is directed toward women, but the fair administration of justice is a concern for every Canadian.”

As a slight aside (although I’m sure this will be asked by more people soon), here’s blogger and Ontario lawyer Lee Akazaki on November 10th (today) asking why the Court is issuing such a statement in the first place (I’m not sure if this is unprecedented, but it sure feels that way).  See here.


I’ve just come back from a workshop in the UK about appointing judges and diversity on the Bench.  I also spoke a bit about Lori Douglas’ case – reading the hard work of these amazing Canadian Feminist legal academics in bringing this situation into the open makes me wonder again why on earth we keep getting asked about merit versus diversity when it should be quite clear that we haven’t quite got a handle on merit yet…. (so, last note, from 2013 in the Harvard Business Review the gender focused article, Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic.  Justice Camp seems to have practiced business law prior to his elevation to the Bench by the Provincial government of Alison Redfordmond (last name corrected thanks to Eric Adams, who gently pointed out my error, without any reference to ignorant Ontarians or anything!)  Camp’s apology is in fairly stark contrast to his language in the transcript, as revealed in the Crown factum.  That’s some good and speedy sensitivity training.



The Witching Hour: A Feminist Soirée (Friday the 13th)

The Osgoode Feminist Collective is hosting a feminist social in Kensington market this Friday the 13th, and it’s going to be rad.  Details below.

event poster - details in post The Witching Hour, A Feminist Soirée

The next evening on Friday the 13th, your very own OFC is hosting their first social of the year in partnership with U of T Law’s feminist group, the Feminist Law Students’ Association and Feminist Action! at York. Starting at 8 pm, the event will be held at the cozy Kensington Lodge (21 Kensington Avenue – in Kensington Market just off of Dundas St W). The space is accessible and vegan-friendly food options will be served.

We encourage all attendees to bring a donation for the Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter. They have emphasized the need for the following items:

  •         Diapers for babies
  •          Milk for babies
  •          Pasta
  •          Rice
  •          Canned tomatoes

Please feel free to bring feminist allies and friends to the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook event here:

Thanks to Alex Frockiewicz from Feminist Action! for the poster (see attached).

Upcoming Conference Opportunities & Calls for Papers

There are so many exciting conferences happening in 2016! Here are some upcoming opportunities not to miss:


1. Feminist Theory Workshop, March 4-5, 2016  @ Duke University.
Application due: November 15, 2015 


2. “Gender, Wellbeing, and the Politics of Imagination:
Law, Culture, Compassion” @ Queen’s University, Feb 27-28, 2016
Proposal due: December 11, 2015

3.  “Missing and marginalized: ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences” @ University of Waterloo, June 14-17
Proposal due: December 1, 2015 



 Feminist Theory Workshop
March 4-5, 2016  @ Duke University

The Program in Women’s Studies at Duke University are offering travel awards of up to $1,000 to international PhD or post-doctoral scholars outside the United States to attend the Feminist Theory Workshop, March 4-5, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Please print and post the following call for applications (printable version attached) in your department and forward this e-mail to eligible post-graduate or post-doctoral scholars. Applicants must be non-US citizens and reside outside the United States. Previous recipients of the FTW International Travel Award are ineligible to apply.

Feminist Theory Workshop:
The Feminist Theory Workshop (FTW), now in its tenth year, offers a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in sustained dialogue about feminist theory as a scholarly domain of inquiry. The “workshop” approach of this conference requires active participation of both presenters and attendees. The FTW consists of seminars led by visiting scholars, keynote lectures, and roundtable discussions. This year’s keynote speakers for 2016 are Sonia E. Alvarez, Professor of Political Science and Director of Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Evelyn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard; Ranjana Khanna, Professor of English and Literature and former Margaret Smith Taylor Director of Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of Research in the School of Fine Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, in addition to special guests who will serve on the closing roundtable.

FTW International Travel Award:
The FTW hosts participants from institutions all over the globe, as these diverse voices continue to be crucial to the workshop’s drive to understand feminist theory across both disciplinary and national boundaries. We are offering at least five awards of up to $1,000 to enable the participation of post-graduate and post-doctoral emerging scholars from outside the United States. The awards are to fund the travel expenses of scholars coming from institutions outside the US to attend the workshop. NO payment of any funds will be made to any individual.  Women’s Studies will make direct payments for the approved travel expenses. The FTW provides some meals at the conference for participants, and there are NO registration fees to attend. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging and additional transportation arrangements.
Please also note that all recipients of this travel award will be required to submit a brief written report as well as a video report of their experiences at the workshop either before or shortly after they return home. If selected, complete details will be provided in your award letter.
Applications are due no later than Sunday, November 15, 2015, EST 12am, midnight.
Please complete the application and submit electronically to  Please include your Curriculum Vita with your application.
A FTW committee will make its selections and notify scholars via email in late December.
You can learn more about past FTWs at:

Please email me at for the application form.


International Women’s Day Conference:

Gender, Wellbeing, and the Politics of Imagination:
Law, Culture, Compassion

Robert Sutherland Hall (Policy Studies Building)
138 Union Street, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Feb. 27-28, 2016

According to the Canadian Index of Wellbeing report (CIW, 2011), even though economic growth between 1994 and 2008 was significant, “increases in the wellbeing of Canadians were not nearly comparable.” The Index also found  that “societies with greater inequality … have worse health and wellbeing outcomes.” Although countries like Canada have responsibility for one of the largest shares of global biocapacity, they tolerate persistent levels of food insecurity, environmental contamination, and poverty. The CIW Provincial Report On Wellbeing, How are Ontarians Really Doing? (2014),
found that Ontarians have even lower levels of wellbeing than in the rest of Canada.

Improved wellbeing and better futures are political, cultural, sociological, and economic issues as well as legal issues. Law is not the only site of political struggle. Imagining better futures is a collective social process. Institutional transformation, law reform, and improved wellbeing demand moving toward moral imaginations focused on equality, diversity, and
participatory governance.

Over twenty years ago, the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women to secure active state engagement in bringing all laws, policies, and practices into compliance with the Convention on the Eradication of Discrimination against Women, to
which Canada is signatory. Since then, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has also come to advocate wellbeing policies. In order to accelerate this discussion, the 2016 FLSQ International Women’s Day conference will focus on how eliminating gender and intersecting discriminations will benefit all members of society.
FLSQ invites academic and practicing lawyers, policy analysts,
interdisciplinary experts, and students in law and other disciplines,community members, and those involved in research and governance to submit proposals to examine the personal, political, societal, structural, institutional, and environmental factors that shape human experiences and material living conditions, and that can promote all aspects of individual, societal, and ecological wellbeing. This includes work on collaborative and community-based research methods and their potential for mobilization, community service, collective action; pedagogical, curricular, professional, and institutional innovations; and developing mindful client and community-oriented practices for law students as social advocates, better personal and professional management, and institutional transformation, including, for example, work including —
* First Nations, Inuit, and Metis women, and indigenous women in other regions
* Living standards, gender inequality, health, and the welfare state
* Concepts and measures of equality and wellbeing (epistemologies, methods, indicators)
* Fiscal systems and policy alternatives, including public services and accountability
* Regulatory governance, self-governance, and political agency
* Violence against women
* Resource management and nonrenewable resource extraction
* Traditional economies and reciprocal relationships
* Environmental issues, including human and ecological degradation, settlements, sustainable practices, chemical exposure, and human health
* Thriving and justice as fundamental human rights
* Corporate governance
* Science, nation building, and militarization
* Food security, shelter, and wellbeing in Canada, including in
reserve communities
* State roles in assisted reproduction and suicide
* Maternal mortality and reproductive rights
* Mental health and legal practice
* Education, law, love, culture, compassion, material existence, and quality of life
* Community vitality, work, and leisure
* Mindful practice, adjudication, and civil society

Critical perspectives grounded in law or policy reform, law and society, empirical, comparative, or interdisciplinary approaches involving Aboriginal studies, sociology, domestic or international law, fiscal policy, public policy, political studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, history, economics, philosophy, women’s/gender studies, and/or human rights are sought.

Submitting paper proposals:
If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel on a specific issue, please email a short outline of your proposal (a paragraph in length) to Kathleen Lahey ( and Bita Amani  ( and copy Melissa Howlett ( Proposals may be submitted until December 11, 2015. Participation will be
confirmed in January 2016. When submitting proposals, please use this subject line: FLSQ2016 abstract.

When submitting a paper or panel proposal, please indicate whether you would be able to obtain institutional support to attend, or whether you could
attend only if you receive funding from Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s.

Registration, accommodation, and childcare:
Attendance without presenting a paper is welcome. Contact the organizers to indicate interest and obtain registration information. Some funding is available to assist students to attend. Registration will open on January 15. Information on accommodation will be provided on request. Anyone wanting childcare should mention this request so appropriate arrangements can be made.

For further information please contact:
Prof. Kathleen Lahey ( and Prof. Bita Amani,
Co-Directors, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s
Faculty of Law,
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario


Missing and marginalized: ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences
14-17 June 2016
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Women are missing. From the murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, to the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria, to the epidemic of violence directed at transgender women, to the Chinese One Child Policy, the vulnerability and expendability of women is an international scandal. Alongside this, the ubiquitous absence internationally of women from political leadership and from full participation in economic life further perpetuates the injustices of this world. Within academe too, women are starkly underrepresented in the STEM disciplines and in senior academic administration. Put simply, wherever you look, and at almost every level of analysis, women are missing out on the opportunity to flourish and to support the growth of their communities.

In this context, the University of Waterloo and the Association of Commonwealth Universities present ‘Missing and marginalized: ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences’. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the ACU Gender Programme, this interdisciplinary conference focuses on the role that the post-secondary education sector can play in ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences. It will bring together scholars from all disciplines and Commonwealth nations, as well as administrators, industry leaders, and policymakers.

The conference is organised around three pillars:

  • Global and indigenous justice issues
  • Leadership
  • Industry and the STEM disciplines

Abstracts (500 words) are due by December 1, 2015.  For more information, please see the conference website.