Socio-Legal Studies Speaker Series Fall 2014 at Yorku

h/t Amanda Glasbeek


Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:30pm-4:00pm
IKB 2027(Osgoode Hall Faculty Common Room)
Dr. Sarah Keenan, SOAS, University of London
(Book Launch, co-sponsored with the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Osgoode)
“Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging


Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:30pm-4:00pm, Ross South 701

Dr. Ian Green, School of Public Policy and Administration
“The Supreme Court’s Rights Revolution: Section 7 of the Charter and Aboriginal Rights”


Monday, October 27, 2014, 2:30pm-4:00pm, Ross South 701

Dr. Richard Weisman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Science

“Reflections on the Role of Remorse in Law and Directions for Future Research”


Monday, November 10, 2014, 2:30pm-4:00pm, Ross South 701

Dr. Susan Dimock, School of Public Policy and Administration

“Intoxication in Canadian Criminal Law”
Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:30pm-4:00pm, Ross South 701

 Dr. Miriam Smith, Law and Society, Department of Social Science

“Explaining the Failure to Act: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S., 1994-2014″

Louise Arbour in the Globe and Mail

Louise Arbour, noted legal mind, shares insights and advice as she joins her first law firm – The Globe and Mail.


This interview is a fun quick read.  A few highlights:

You are talking to someone who is enormously not introspectful. I have very little insight and not a great deal of interest in analyzing my inner drive.


….a dissent I wrote in Gosselin in Quebec on the right to welfare[….] was my first introduction really to economic and social rights and their alleged absence from the framework of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


There were not a lot of people I would identify with, i.e. women. My law professors were all men. My early colleagues at the law school and on the bench were all men. It’s hard for me to think of them as mentors, although it’s very clear that it’s a series of men, for the most part, who were very supportive

Deadline: Call for Papers October 15, 2014

The Asper Centre has posted this great CFP:

Call for Papers October 15, 2014

The Interplay between Sections 7 and 15 of the Charter

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, St. George Campus – February 27, 2015


The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights invites papers for its upcoming conference examining in detail the interplay between sections 7 and 15 of the Charter.


The Centre invites papers that stimulate and develop an ongoing exploration of the relationship between sections 7 and 15. Issues that can be addressed include:


• Is equality a principle of fundamental justice under section 7?

• How have the courts treated the two separate grounds for challenging government action?

• Are their strategic advantages to pleading both grounds or only one?

• How can different cases challenging the same law proceed differently based on the ground pleaded (e.g. Bedford and Downtown Eastside Sex Workers)?

• How does the relationship between the sections play out in circumstances such as mandatory minimum sentencing, challenges to the NCR provisions, human smuggling legislation?


Other conference topics may include issues such the role of individual choice in respect of both equality and liberty rights; harm or dignity as central themes; socio-economic rights or the rights of the poor; and arbitrariness as an element of the analysis under each section.


The papers will be utilized as the central themes on various panels across the one day conference and selected conference papers will be considered for publication as part of a special issue of the National Journal of Constitutional Law. Authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by November 1, 2014. Final (for the conference) papers are due by February 6, 2015.


The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is a centre within the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law devoted to advocacy, research and education in the areas of constitutional rights in Canada. For more information about the Centre go to


For those interested in participating, please send an abstract (max: 250 words) of your intended paper with a 1-2 paragraph biography to: Cheryl Milne at


Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2014


IFLS Speakers Series: Dr. Yofi Tirosh (Tel Aviv) Who Cooked the Current Middle East Crisis (and Who is Going to do the Dishes)?

Monday October 6  230-4 IKB (Osgoode Hall) Rm 2027Oct6YofiTirosh

Who Cooked the Current Middle East Crisis (and Who is Going to do the Dishes)? A Human Rights Perspective

Dr. Yofi Tirosh (Tel Aviv Law)                                                   

This talk, followed by a Q & A session, will provide a scholarly and a personal take on the current geo-political crisis in the Middle East. As a law professor, a human rights activist, and a regular media contributor of legal interpretation, Dr. Tirosh will point to the covert relationship between the status of women and minorities in Israel, Palestine, and Gaza, and the unprecedented military and symbolic violence of summer of 2014. The presentation will use satirical video clips, TV commercials, as well as Supreme Court rulings from Israel to throw some light on the bitter conflicts over (breast-)milk and honey.

Poster for sharing/printing here

Dr. Tirosh is a Senior Lecturer at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and a 2014-16 Senior Fellow at Hebrew University’s Martin Buber Society of Fellows. Tirosh teaches labor and employment law, antidiscrimination law, food law, body and law, and feminist jurisprudence. Her research interests include affirmative action, bioethics, law and culture. The working title of her book in progress is Feminist Libertarianism.  Dr. Tirosh is a graduate of The University of Michigan Law School, were she was a graduate fellow at Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities. She served as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law Centre in fall 2012, and as a Hauser Fellow at NYU Law School in 2008. Alongside research and teaching, Tirosh gives workshops on writing blocks, women in academia, and job talks. As a human rights activist, she is the leading public voice in the efforts to stop the growing sex segregation in public and private spaces in Israel. She is a regular contributor of legal interpretation to leading media venues in Israel.

Light refreshments will be provided

Questions? Please contact the IFLS administrator, Lielle Gonsalves LGonsalves@osgoode.yorku.caOct6YofiTirosh