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Book Launch, December 10 630PM, Toronto: Sherene Razack’s Dying from Improvement

The Department of Social Justice Education Observes Human Rights Day and Celebrates the Launch of

Dying From Improvement by Dr. Sherene Razack

December 10, 2015 OISE Library, 252 Bloor Street West 6-830

Sponsored by the Department of Social Justice Education.
Supported by Indigenous Education Network, First Nations House,
Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, and African Canadian Legal Clinic.

A discussion on Indigenous and racialized deaths in custody
Lee Maracle, Critically acclaimed author and winner of the Ontario
Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts
Sherene Razack, Professor, Social Justice Education, OISE
And a panel of representatives from organizations working to end racism in the justice system:
Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto: Christa Big Canoe
African Canadian Legal Clinic: Anthony Morgan
Black Lives Matter Toronto: Lena Peters
This document is available in alternate format upon request
Light refreshments provided.
Contact: Stephanie Latty at

Newly Posted Academic Positions at Canadian Law Schools

Apologies in advance if i missed any.

Generally, for authoritative listings of jobs in Canadian faculties of law, I’d look to the Canadian Council of Law Dean’s page, here.  I’ve set Chrome’s pagemonitor to tell me if things change on that page – who knows if that will work, but i’ll let you know if it’s a good system.

  • In addition to a Dean search, University of Manitoba Robson Faculty of Law has two positions open – see here and here. Open until filled but review of applications starts January 4, 2016.
  • University of Calgary has up to three tenure/tenure-track positions, open until filled but aim for December 22 as the deadline. See here.   Same school has a Chair in Energy Market Regulation search on as well.




A storify re: Reclaiming our Narratives: Racial and Gender Profiling in Toronto

Storify just collects tweets, so you can use it to tell a story about an event or issue.  Here’s one I put together after attending this event, (you can see the event announcement here).
It was great. Congratulations to the organizers on a really well put together public event.  I met some really great women, learned a lot, had feelings and thoughts at the same time (!), wallowed in being one of the oldest people in the room.  Sometimes folks ask me, what’s up with the younger feminists, what are they reading, what are they doing, what are they thinking?  Here’s one piece of the answer.  Been to any really great events related to feminism and law lately? Want to post about them, even after the fact? About the experience of being there? Let me know.



Reclaiming our Narratives: Conversations on Gender and Racial Profiling in Toronto

GRP - PosterThis event has been fully booked for a while.  It’s tomorrow at Osgoode, organized by a dynamic group of women and a great collection of organizations (see below for a complete list).  IFLS is pleased to be a sponsor of this event and once the post-event report is finished, we’ll hope to have it available on this blog.

You can find a full description of the event below – or click here for a program in pdf.

Reclaiming Our Narratives: Conversations on Gender and Racial Profiling in Toronto 

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 9:30AM to 6:30PM

We all seem to be talking about racial profiling – from lawyers to police officers; from the media to politicians; from people who are profiled every day to those who have never been subject to the experience. But what aren’t we talking about when we talk about racial profiling?
Join us on November 28, 2015, as we discuss the many ways gender impacts racial profiling. We will highlight the often silenced stories of women, girls and trans people, and their experiences with racial profiling — whether at the border or in jails, whether it’s the direct experience of being profiled or the indirect experience of parents and supporters of those who are profiled.

10:00am: Keynote 11:00am: Police brutality and incarceration 12:00pm: Border policing 1:00pm: Lunch & free clothing bank provided by Windfall Clothing 2:00pm: Racial profiling and reproductive justice 3:00pm: Youth experiences 4:00pm: Closing plenary: remedies and resistance
We know these conversations can be traumatizing for people who are forced to live with the experience of being profiled. We will strive to create a safe and accessible space for speakers, facilitators, and attendees by providing the following services throughout the conference:
active listeners and/or counsellors; ASL language interpretation; child-minding;  Halal food options; gender-neutral washrooms;  room accessibility for mobility devices and tokens for transportation support.
A final report detailing the conference will be produced and distributed. We will also explore other ways to share the event’s key insights.
Organizing Partners:
This event is the collective effort of a number of people and organizations, including
Across Boundaries (rep: Idil Abdillahi); Andrea Anderson, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; Anti-Black Racism Network (rep: Idil Abdillahi); Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law (rep: Fathima Cader); Harmony Movement (rep: Brittany Andrew-Amofah); METRAC (rep: Jessica Mustachi); Network to Eliminate Police Violence (rep: Kimalee Phillip)


Call for Applications: Funded LLM and PhD Studentships at Kent Law School



Research at KLS
Kent Law School (KLS) invites applications for full time studentships, fee waivers and bursaries for research programmes commencing in 2016. Kent Law School was the 8th ranked UK Law School for Research Intensity in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise. It enjoys a pluralistic intellectual environment for research, in which traditional and critical legal scholarship, theoretical and empirical work, and interdisciplinary studies all flourish.

PhD Studentships and Fee Waivers for LLM by Research
PhD Studentships are being awarded by different funders: the University of Kent (UoK); Kent Law School (KLS); the Economic and Social Research Council via the South East Doctoral Training College (ESRC-DTC), and the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts, South East (CHASE). Any funding will be available for one year in the first instance, and extended for a second and third year providing verifiable progress has been made (in teaching and research). Unless otherwise indicated successful applicants for the studentships will receive a maintenance grant equivalent to that currently offered by the ESRC (£14,057 in 2015/16) and a fee grant which will fully cover tuition fees paid at the Home/EU rate. Those awarded a UoK or KLS studentship may be expected to do some teaching on an undergraduate law module, at the direction of the Head of School. Some bursaries (for example, reducing the Overseas fee to Home/EU rate) may also be available.

For those who intend to undertake an LLM by Research, KLS invites applications for the Larry Grant Scholarship and also offers a number of fee waivers.

Applicants are expected to submit a high quality research proposal which addresses issues such as the current state of debate in their chosen field, their proposed research questions, the research methodologies they hope to use to address these research questions, and any other information they deem relevant. Each applicant should demonstrate how their research will contribute to existing debates in their field, as well as how the candidate will contribute to our vibrant postgraduate community at KLS. It is expected that successful applicants will undertake their studies in areas of existing research strength of the School. We particularly welcome research proposals in socio-legal studies, law and the humanities, and critical legal studies.

Click here for research specialisations of:

Facilities for Research Students
At present KLS has in excess of 90 postgraduate research students, comprising a lively and integrated postgraduate research community.

Those appointed to research studentships are provided with computing facilities and shared office facilities. There is also substantial annual funding available, within determined limits, including for those PhD students without studentships, to attend conferences and present their research. The community of postgraduate students is provided with a common room and a facilitator to help them present, explore and develop their research ideas within a supportive community of their peers. They also take a compulsory research methods module, together with an anchor workshop offered by the Graduate School as part of their Transferable Skills Programme. Many students also participate in regular reading groups.

How to Apply:
Applicants should normally have obtained, or be about to obtain an undergraduate degree at a high Upper Second Class Honours level (2:1 or equivalent from other countries), or a postgraduate degree with Merit or Distinction. The application procedure is conducted through an online process, via:

Along with their application, candidates should supply a research proposal of no more than 1500 words (excluding bibliography), as well as a sample of their written work (not exceeding 4,000 words – longer texts will not be read).

For more details see the relevant webpage:

Informal enquiries may be directed to:
Dr Donatella Alessandrini or Dr Emily Grabham
Directors of Postgraduate Research
Kent Law School
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS


 Closing date for applications: see website.