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CFP: Domestic Violence, Theory/Practice and International Perspective

I’m sitting on the couch having a drink with a friend who is in town from Qatar, and what do I find on the web?  The CFP below.  Your article could be translated into Arabic and you might get an invite to Doha. Professor Mary Pat Treuthart of Gonzaga will edit. And I think some Canadian content would be a good addition to this international journal.

The International Review of Law is seeking articles for a special issue on domestic violence to be published in Spring 2013. Our goal is to showcase papers that address practical and theoretical accomplishments and challenges worldwide in the area of domestic violence. Provided that the focus of the article is law-related, the definition of domestic violence will be construed broadly. Submissions will be reviewed as they are received; the deadline is Dec. 1, 2012.

The International Review of Law is a peer-reviewed, bi-lingual (Arabic and English) international law journal at Qatar University College of Law. All content in the journal is ‘open access,’ meaning articles are free-to-read on the web and authors retain copyright on the print and electronic versions of their work. From its base in the Middle East, the journal aims to bring perspectives from around the world to developments in the law. Submissions are accepted in both English and Arabic.

The domestic violence special issue will be edited by Professor Mary Pat Treuthart, Gonzaga University School of Law. A section of this issue will be reserved for student submissions. Selected authors will be invited to Qatar University College of Law in Doha to conduct a guest lecture on their area of research.

Contributors are requested to submit manuscripts of no more than 30 double-spaced pages including footnotes. Shorter pieces are welcome. Manuscripts will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, the final deadline for submissions is December 1, 2012. For more complete information on submission guidelines, please see the journal website.


The CBA awards Prof. Dianne Pothier (Dalhousie) 2012 CBA President's Award

Read about it here.


A member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society since 1982, Prof. Pothier counts constitutional, public and labour law and disability issues among her teaching subjects and research interests. She has argued three cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, including acting as counsel for the appellant in RDS v. The Queen, acting as counsel for the joint intervention of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and the DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN Canada) in the Supreme Court of Canada in Auton v. British Columbia, in which parents of an autistic boy argued the province discriminated by not funding a controversial treatment.

Do you know Dianne and her work? Here’s her faculty bio from Dal, where she started her academic career in 1986, which lists some of her extensive body of work in labour law, critical disability studies, feminist theory, legal education – and more. And, for “fun” of a very academic sort here‘s her “judgment” for the Women’s Court of Canada, in Eaton v. Brant County Board of Education so you can imagine an alternate career path for Justice Pothier.

Without wanting to get too deeply into the culture of awards and ceremonies – it’s easy to say that it is great to see the CBA recognized the contributions of this straight talking and very hard working member of the legal academy.  Congratulations Dianne!


Sexism, Racism, And Swimming

Former IFLS visitor Sarah Keenan (now at SOAS), over at Racialicious, unpacks the chatter about Ye Shiwen’s record-breaking.

Sexism, Racism, And Swimming At The London 2012 Olympics

…like all Olympic medallists, Ye has been tested for banned substances, and has come up clean. But that’s not enough for thousands of armchair commentators who have suddenly become self-appointed experts on what could possibly be the ‘natural’ physique and capabilities of a Chinese girl.


will women judges make a difference? (sigh) [+ belated notice of posting stoppage for vacation]

among the many things i forgot before my vacation (now with e tickets i only really have to remember “kids, passports” and I tend to leave the rest a bit to chance).

I missed everything including the seminar this past wednesday (18th July) by the IFLS’s two visitors from the UK, Emily Grabham and Erika Rackley.  Most other things (including Mayor Ford’s latest musings, which made it through the dodgy internet connection here) I am happy to miss. . I did manage to get two letters worth reading. Both on judges.

One, from my colleague at Osgoode Susan Drummond, to the Globe and Mail very recently:

Date: 07/19/2012 09:38AM
Subject: Globe publishing links to photographs of Associate Chief Justice Douglas

The Globe and Mail yesterday opened its article on the judicial inquiry re ACJ Douglas to comments. With complete foreseeability, a poster, “Civil Einsah”, started describing the photographs in his possession and then he eventually published links to them. I reported the abuse immediately and, when nothing was done to remove his postings after more than an hour, I called the Globe – twice – to get the newspaper to remove the links. As I write, Civil Einsah’s description of the content of the photographs remains on-line, despite me having reported abuse last night. I have done a screen save of the posts and have been in touch with ACJ Douglas’s lawyer. I am APPALLED at the conduct of the Globe. The poster’s mysogyny is distressing enough – but for the Globe and Mail to facilitate this hate-fest is utterly unconscionable. I will be contacting my colleagues across Canada to address the Globe’s conduct.

What were you THINKING?

Susan Drummond
Associate Professor
Osgoode Hall Law School,
York University,
4700 Keele Street,
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Jennifer Nedelsky awarded C.B. Macpherson Prize for “Law’s Relations"

Jennifer Nedelsky wins 2012 C.B. Macpherson Prize for her book entitled “Law’s Relations”

Law’s Relations includes many concrete legal applications of her theory of relational autonomy, offering new insights into the debates over due process, judicial review, violence against women, and private versus public law.” (From OUP Press page)

See more about the book here. Congrats to Jennifer,