Hedgehog or Fox? Readings (NIP, Journals, Cdn articles mentioning "feminist")

pen and ink hedgehog and foxThanks to all who are writing and all who are reading – we rely on each other.


This looked fun:  Columbia Journal of Gender & Law vol 27 (2013) A Tribute to the Work of Patricia Williams 

To be honest, most legal scholars tend to be more hedgehogs than foxes, burrowing down deep into an area of law over the course of a career rather than bringing their intellectual talents to bear on a range of social problems or diverse disciplinary locations. One person, without question, stands out as an exception to this tendency in the legal  academy, and that is the incredible Patricia Williams.

And then this as well:  Australian Feminist Law Journal vol 39 December 2013 “Gardens of Justice”: “devoted to thinking about law and justice as a physical as well as a social environment” (from the Foreward by Arvidsson, Matilda; Bruncevic, Merima; Brannstrom, Leila; Dahlberg, Leif) Available on Heinonline here (not open access)



Finally, here’s what comes up if you search “Feminist” in Hein online and restrict to Canada, just in case you missed some of these [of course, that doesn’t mean these articles or authors are or are claiming to be feminist – just that the word somehow appears].  I have not included everything (in particular I removed some but not all of the CJWL references since I usually post the TOC from that journal when it is released)  but a good chunk.  Links are to Heinonline which is NOT open access.  Some journals or articles may be available otherwise, try google to see if they come up.  Very very happy if people want to post other articles in the comments – they are moderated, so you might have to hang on for a day or two to see your comment. Titles are bolded. Sorry for the formatting – it’s a bit off. 
Legal Feminism and the Post-Racism Fantasy [article] Canadian Journal of Women and the Law Ruparelia, Rakhi 26 Can. J. Women & L. 81 (2014)  http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/cajwol26&div=9&collection=journals
Knowing and Unknowing: Settler Reflections on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women [comments] Saskatchewan Law Review Eberts, Mary 77 Sask. L. Rev. 69 (2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/sasklr77&div=8&collection=journals

Race Matters: Sexism, Indigenous Sovereignty, and McIvor [article] Canadian Journal of Women and the Law Cannon, Martin J. 26 Can. J. Women & L. 23 (2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/cajwol26&div=7&collection=journals
None of That Paper Stuff Works: A Critique of the Legal System’s Efforts to End Domestic Assault in Nunavut [article]  Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform Durrant, Chris 19 Appeal: Rev. Current L. & L. Reform 43 (2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/appeal19&div=7&collection=journals
Conceptualizing Reflective Practice for Legal Professionals [article] Journal of Law and Social Policy Leering, Michele 23 J.L. & Soc. Pol’y [i] (2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/jlsp23&div=6&collection=journals
Perry v Schwarzenegger: An Opportunity to Do Law Differently [article] Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform Badyal, Jasreet 19 Appeal: Rev. Current L. & L. Reform 3 (2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/appeal19&div=5&collection=journals
Criminals Are inside of Our Homes: Intimate Partner Violence and Fear of Crime [article]  Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice Broll, Ryan 56 Canadian J. Criminology & Crim. Just. 1 (January  2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/cjccj56&div=5&collection=journals
Old Age (or, Do We Need a Critical Theory of Law and Aging) [notes] Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues Hall, Margaret Isabel 35 Windsor Rev. Legal & Soc. Issues 1 (2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/wrlsi35&div=4&collection=journals
Prude in the Law: Why the Polygamy Reference Is All about Sex, The [comments]  Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform Phillips, Dana 19 Appeal: Rev. Current L. & L. Reform 151 (2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/appeal19&div=13&collection=journals
Rivalite et Solidarite dans la Resistance: Jodi A. Byrd, the Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2011) [reviews]  Canadian Journal of Women and the Law Couture-Grondin, Elise
26 Can. J. Women & L. 160 (2014)   http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/cajwol26&div=12&collection=journals
Cheryl Suzack, Shari M. Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman, eds., Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, and Culture (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010) [reviews] 
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
Bourgeois, Robyn
26 Can. J. Women & L. 153 (2014)  http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/cajwol26&div=11&collection=journals

S’Excuser [article] 
Revue Juridique Themis
Morin, Sophie
47 R.J.T. n.s. 469 (2013-2014) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/revjurns47&div=25&collection=journals

Reorganisation d’une Infraction Desorganisee: Le Harcelement Criminel [article] 
Revue Juridique Themis
Santerre, Christine
47 R.J.T. n.s. 195 (2013-2014)http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/revjurns47&div=16&collection=journals

Contract’s Meaning and the Histories of Classical Contract Law [article] 
McGill Law Journal
Rosenberg, Anat
59 McGill L. J. 165 (2013-2014)   http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/mcgil59&div=10&collection=journals
Child Support and Shared Parenting in Canada: A Reality Cheque [article] 
Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies
Palmer, Courtney
22 Dalhousie J. Legal Stud. 101 (2013)  http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/dalhou22&div=9&collection=journals
Thresholds of Actionable Mental Harm in Negligence: A Policy-Based Analysis [article] 
Dalhousie Law Journal
Belanger-Hardy, Louise
36 Dalhousie L.J. 103 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/dalholwj36&div=8&collection=journals
Community of Procedure Scholars: Teaching Procedure and the Legal Academy, A [article] 
Osgoode Hall Law Journal
Thornburg, Beth;Knutsen, Erik S.;Crifo, Carla;Cameron, Camille
51 Osgoode Hall L. J. 93 (2013)   http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/ohlj51&div=8&collection=journals
Locating the Trans Legal Subject in Canadian Law: XY v Ontario [article] 
Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues
McGill, Jena;Kirkup, Kyle
33 Windsor Rev. Legal & Soc. Issues 96 (2013)  http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/wrlsi33&div=8&collection=journals
Legal Politics of Growth Attenuation, The [article] 
Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues
Malhotra, Ravi;Neufeld, Katharine
34 Windsor Rev. Legal & Soc. Issues 105 (2013)  http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/wrlsi34&div=8&collection=journals
Privatization of Justice in Quebec’s Draft Bill to Enact the New Code of Civil Procedure: A Critical Evaluation, The [article] 
Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform
Horne, P. Scott
18 Appeal: Rev. Current L. & L. Reform 55 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/appeal18&div=8&collection=journals
Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision: Reconciling the Ongoing Universalist/ Cultural Relativist Debate to Promote a Cross-Cultural Dialogue [article] 
Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues
Sibian, Christina
33 Windsor Rev. Legal & Soc. Issues 72 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/wrlsi33&div=7&collection=journals

Rethinking the Prostitution Debates: Transcending Structural Stigma in Systemic Responses to Sex Work [article] 
Canadian Journal of Law & Society
Bruckert, Chris;Hannem, Stacey
28 Can. J.L. & Soc. 43 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/cjls28&div=7&collection=journals
Gender Risk and Employment Pension Plans in Canada [article] 
Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal
Shilton, Elizabeth
17 Canadian Lab. & Emp. L.J. 101 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/canlemj17&div=7&collection=journals

Prediction of Recidivism with Aboriginal Offenders: A Theoretically Informed Meta-Analysis, The [article] 
Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Gutierrez, Leticia;Wilson, Holly A.;Rugge, Tanya;Bonta, James
55 Canadian J. Criminology & Crim. Just. 55 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/cjccj55&div=6&collection=journals
Redressing the Harems [PRIZE FOR BEST TYPO! It should be “Harms” – ed] of Government (In)Action: A Section 7 versus Section 15 Charter Showdown [article] 
Constitutional Forum
Koshan, Jennifer
22 Const. F. 31 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/consfo22&div=6&collection=journals
Quantifying Desert prior to the Rightful Condition: Towards a Theoretical Understanding of the Provocation Defence [article] Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence Da Silva, Michael 26 Can. J. L. & Jurisprudence 49 (2013)  http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/caljp26&div=6&collection=journals
Exploring Perceptions of Cultural Difference in IRB Spousal Sponsorship Decisions [article] 
Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues
Bahk, Sarom
33 Windsor Rev. Legal & Soc. Issues 24 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/wrlsi33&div=6&collection=journals
Persons Case and the Living Tree Theory of Constitutional Interpretation, The [comments] 
University of New Brunswick Law Journal
Sharpe, Robert J.
64 U.N.B.L.J. 1 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/unblj64&div=5&collection=journals
Performing Property: Making the World [article] 
Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
Blomley, Nicholas
26 Can. J. L. & Jurisprudence 23 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/caljp26&div=5&collection=journals
Rapport entre le Juridique et le Clinique dans l’Application de la Loi sur la Protection de la Jeunesse: Une Perspective Relationnelle, Le [article] 
Revue Generale de Droit
Ricard, Laurence
43 Rev. Gen. 49 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/revgend43&div=5&collection=journals
Equality, Democracy, Monogamy: Discourses of Canadian Nation Building in the 2010-2011 British Columbia Polygamy Reference [article] 
Canadian Journal of Law & Society
Sweet, Joanna
28 Can. J.L. & Soc. 1 (2013) http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/cjls28&div=5&collection=journals
One Family, One Judge: Towards a New Model for Access to Justice for Families Facing Violence in BC [article] 

Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform
Dalley, Juliana
18 Appeal: Rev. Current L. & L. Reform 3 (2013)  http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/appeal18&div=5&collection=journals


Advocacy Interest Groups [not the feminist ones]

h/t Amna Qureshi for posting this article:   Sun News [fair warning!] : Edmonton Transit faces lawsuit after cancelling anti-honour killing ads.

A Calgary-based legal defence group is coming to the aid of American human rights advocates whose ads have been stripped from Edmonton buses.


In a press release, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) announced a court action in support of the non-profit American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), whose ads encouraged Canadian Muslim women and girls to come to them for legal protection from so-called “honour killings.”

I had not realised that John Carpay had moved on from the Canadian Constitutional Foundation (which still appears to be a going concern) and was now the president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (est 2010) – i had not twigged to the fact that these are different organizations. Both are on twitter, @JCCFCanada @CDNConstFound and both are registered charities.  Both list the cases they are running on their sites

JCCF  http://www.jccf.ca/our-cases/ and CCF http://theccf.ca/posts/court-cases/court-cases-ongoing/

It will be interesting to see what approach these groups are taking to their litigation strategies and what issues they are pushing.  Paper topic, anyone?


W.G.Hart Legal Workshop 2014: Legal Ed & Training & the Professions

Wonderful looking workshop here, intended to follow on and provide distance from the huge Legal Ed & Training Review exercise in England & Wales (see here, for the reports of this “…. evidence-based review of education and training requirements across regulated and non-regulated legal services”)

The Institute for Advanced Legal Studies in London is running the workshop, IALS Research – W.G.Hart Legal Workshop, people like Jessica Guth and John Flood are tweeting about it under #legaleducation and you can also read Paul Maharg’s incredibly comprehensive live blog on his site – click here.

It really does look interesting.  And it illustrates both that the LETR seems to have produced a massive amount of research and research community around some of these questions about legal education – but also the ways in which this conversation is enriched by some – any? – research on the legal education.  What is actually happening on the ground? We really do need to know about the things we don’t know.


Kokum Ravens

I had the pleasure of seeing Emily Snyder (author of this report on Gender & Indigenous Law) and Val Napoleon present their work on the forthcoming teaching guide which goes with the graphic narrative Mikomosis & the Wetiko at CALT, the Canadian Association of Law Teachers.  This multifaceted project is real serious about getting the work out into the community, and it’s fascinating.

[new booklet from the Indigenous Law Research Unit or click here )

Kokum Raven Series: Artist Statement

Indigenous law is in the world

and there are many ways to learn about it, teach it, and to represent it.

The way I have chosen here is with the Raven – a trickster for some Indigenous peoples.

She can teach us by being a trouble maker and by

upsetting the log jams of unquestioned assumptions.

She can also teach us with love, patience, and a wicked sense of humour.

She can create spaces for conversations and questions – that is her job as a trickster and a feminist

so that nothing is taken for granted and all interpretations are laid bare.

Val Napoleon


[the last lines of the artist statement i think, represent what I wish I could do in all of my teaching]

Link to pdf file




Judges & Daughters (who is checking this factor wrt new SCC appointments)

h/t Kristina Mansveld

Assuming this government isn’t going to get around to appointing a woman for some time (“be patient”, “there aren’t as many female candidates”, et boring cetera), here’s another factor we could consider, as illustrated in a study by profs from Rochester & Harvard:

Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for Women’s Rights: A Daughter – NYTimes.com.

See also the issue of Justice Blackmun of SCOTUS, his daughter, and Roe: here.

Slightly heartwarming, in a way.  Although it does raise some VERY pointed questions about race based cases, doesn’t it?  To be fair, at the end of the NYT article, the author suggests other new experiences which might affect our view of the world.

I couldn’t quite tell, from the article, whether the effect was as pronounced for women as for men, so I’m interested in that as well.  I should get the study, which is here.