Introducing Dana Phillips: IFLS Graduate Student Coordinator

picture of Dana PhillipsThe IFLS has hired a graduate student coordinator for 2015-16! Dana Phillips  completed her J.D. at the University of Victoria, and articled at the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa.  She is currently completing her master’s thesis in criminal law and feminist legal theory at Osgoode Hall Law School, under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Berger.

In her doctoral work beginning this fall, Dana will continue to explore the themes of her master’s research under Professor Berger’s supervision, with an added focus on evidence and epistemology.

Her work with the IFLS will focus on connections between the IFLS and students (both JD and graduate students), social media and a few other projects.  Got ideas on what the IFLS could offer students? Let us know! More on these initiatives later – when the summer writing blitz slows down.

August 27 Toronto Book launch for Dayna Scott (ed) Our Chemical Selves

Co sponsored by Osgoode Hall Law School, IFLS, the Politics of Evidence Working Ground and National Network on Environments and Women’s Health

An evening event to share research findings on the environment and reproductive health, and to launch the new book,

Our Chemical Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health

edited by Dayna Nadine Scott.

A range of speakers include members of the Politics of Evidence Working Group

Thursday August 27 2015        630-830 PM

1214 Queen Street West The Gladstone Hotel  (Gladstone Gallery, 2nd Floor)

This event is made possible by a grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research

PLEASE RSVP AT THIS LINK  using event code DNSevent poster. All information in text of post.




got new feminist colleagues?

A quick reminder to Cdn legal academics and others to let me (sonia, slawrence at Osgoode dot know if you’ve hired any new feminist colleagues this year, and a request that you suggest to them that they get ifls blog posts to their email inbox (via the box on the right of the webpage), and/or follow us on twitter @osgoodeifls and feel free to let us know if they’ve got new work coming out or other things to say.

thank you!

Visiting the IFLS: Ruth Fletcher, Queen Mary University London

Photograph of Dr. Ruth FletcherWe’re very pleased to have a short visit (return!) from Dr. Ruth Fletcher this summer.  Her work is focused on medical law and while she is here, she’s working on a host of different things, at the moment.  Here is a small slice:

A Feminist Legal Studies symposium next summer on feminism, legality and knowledge.  Save the date! (June 30-July1 2016).  Dr Fletcher is the lead editor at FLS, here’s a recent Editorial on the submission process: ,

She is also a part of the  REvaluing Care network (you can find her comments at and  There is an edited collection forthcoming with Routledge Social Justice Series in 2016, including her chapter ‘Strangeness in Transnational Spaces’

Her interest in abortion law is also evident throughout her work, see for instance this human rights compliant legislation for Ireland drafted by feminist academic lawyers: and
Her faculty page at QMUL is here, and includes information about her research, teaching and publications.
Osgoode folks interested in connecting with Dr. Fletcher during her visit (to end of August) should get in touch with the IFLS co directors.

Co-Directors: Ruth Buchanan at the IFLS

Photograph of professor ruth buchananSo happy to announce that Osgoode professor Ruth Buchanan will join me and we will be co-directing the IFLS over the coming year. You can read more about Ruth’s work here, and you can find her on twitter as @ruthinguelph. She is a scholar of law and development, law and inequality, critical legal theory,  and law and film, and her publications cover a wide range of topics. Recently she has been the director of the Osgoode Graduate Programme, and running Osgoode’s Law.Arts.Culture speaker series.

Over the next year (my sabbatical year), Ruth will be dealing with more of the IFLS events and speakers, whereas I will be looking more at the (sadly neglected I know) web presence and the possibility of affiliations and institutional relations for the IFLS.

We’ve also hired a graduate student, more on that shortly, to support this work (in particular Ruth’s interest in finding ways that the IFLS can engage more with graduate students, and keeping up the blog).

Ruth and I are excited about the possibilities of co-directorship and deepening/widening the IFLS’s connections to the feminist legal community over the coming year(s).  Stay in touch with us, let us know about your news. Emails here.