art break: Indian Act by Nadia Myre

two pieces from the larger work

My colleague Kate Sutherland (@lawandlit) sent me a link to this fascinating and beautiful artwork.  Resonates on so many levels – raising questions about textual meaning, and the way laws come to be and many more….   Have a look.  I wonder where this work is now.

some great pictures of Indian Act by Nadia Myre can be seen online at: The Medicine Project.

Jobs, in law faculties, in Canada

link to Osgoode’s job ad advertising two positions: Academic Employment Opportunities | Osgoode

The Canadian Council of Law Deans publish some (clearly not all!) Canadian job ads in the law schools (not in law and society/criminology/etc departments), here.   Are there roundup pages for the UK and other places?  let me know here or via twitter @osgoodeifls and i will post them here for future reference

Dressing Constitutionally: Ruthann Robson Book launch and talk, September 23

Poster for talk by Ruthann Robson, CUNY. Dressing Constitutionally. September 23 1230. IKB 2027 Please RSVP as lunch will be served and space is limited to

Book Launch and Talk by Professor Ruthann Robson, University Distinguished Professor, CUNY School of Law

Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality and Democracy

September 23 1230 Osgoode Hall 2027

Please RSVP – lunch will be served and space is limited:

We will have copies of the newly published Dressing Constitutionally on hand for purchase, thanks to the Yorku Bookstore.

Check out Professor Robson’s blog on the subject of Dressing Constitutionally, here.

Or you can see the publisher’s page on the book, here or you can hear Professor Robson speaking on NPR about the book, here.

Perhaps all those ORs should have been ANDs – you can also follow @robsonconlaw on twitter, AND you can check out her writing outside legal scholarship via her website, here.


Join us.


pdf poster for sharing here

poster design by the talented Ugochi Umeugo, check out her work/find her contact info here:

Law's Slow Violence, revisited and onwards

If you couldn’t make it to our June workshop, here is the video of the opening session:

Osgoode Hall Law School hosts “Law’s Slow Violence Workshop” with Rob Nixon (Rachel Carson, Professor of English from the University of Wisconsin). Professors Dayna Scott responding.  Link to video.

The workshop is described here, and all the blog posts leading up to the meeting, from Dayna Scott, Angela Harris, Pearl Kan, Doug Hay and Estair Van Wagner, are available here. Professor Scott also suggests this article,  The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac-Mégantic, by Osgoode Hall Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar Harry Glasbeek:

…the only thing that is special about a Lac-Mégantic is the sudden manner in which a huge amount of harm is inflicted. The infliction of harms is a daily event; but it is experienced as atomized, isolated events, unworthy of news coverage. We hardly notice the steady dripping of blood, the innumerable illnesses, serious and minor, daily deaths and incremental deterioration of our physical environments. We are systematically desensitized to the catastrophic dimensions of the injuries that regulated profit-seekers inflict. This is an amazing triumph for harm-inflicting profiteers.

Robson reviews Andrews at Jotwell: The Global Problem of Women`s Equality

cover of book linking to publishers siteFind Ruthann Robson’s review of (Albany Law Dean) Penelope Andrews’ “From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights” on Jotwell, here.

At its most hopeful, Andrews’ book presents the struggle for equality in South Africa as it was mounted against the Apartheid state, resulting in a new constitutional regime devoted to transformative law and politics. Andrews attributes the fact that this transformation included gender equality to a confluence of forces, but most importantly women’s participation. She suggests that the path chosen by South Africa is a model for many other nations, stressing that the involvement of women at all levels and phases is vital.

Find other papers by Andrews here (SSRN: open source).  Warning: you`ll want to read any you haven`t already.

Consider speaking to your librarian to request that they order books which interest you, if you don’t already.