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CFR Book Launch Feb 8 @ York: “Chroniques d’une musulmane indignée” by Asmaa Ibnouzahir

Le Centre de recherches féministes présente / Centre for Feminist Research presents:

 lancement de livre / book launch

“Chroniques D’une Musulmane Indignée” 

Par/By Asmaa Ibnouzahir 

8 février, 2016 / February 8, 2016

16 h 00-17 h 30 / 4-5.30pm

Collège Universitaire Glendon, Salon Albert Tucker 3e étage, Pavillon York 317 /Chroniques Dune Musulmane Indignee poster

Glendon College, Room Albert Tucker 3rd floor, YH 317

Présenté par Dr. Amélie Barras / Introduced by Dr. Amélie Barras

Veuillez confirmer à / Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca by February 1 / au plus tard le 1er février, 2016

Asmaa Ibnouzahir partage un récit autobiographique racontant des défis qu’elle a relevés en tant que jeune immigrante musulmane d’origine marocaine arrivée au Québec en 1994. Elle présente également une analyse éclairante sur des questions qui reviennent souvent dans les médias québécois au sujet de l’islam, des femmes et de la société: les musulmans-es «modérés», les crimes «d’honneur», le foulard, le féminisme islamique et bien d’autres. Engagée dans les débats sociopolitiques qui ont traversé le Québec au cours de la dernière décennie, sur la religion, l’immigration et les valeurs québécoises, Asmaa Ibnouzahir livre un témoignage essentiel qui donne un accès sans précédent aux coulisses de ces débats.

Depuis une dizaine d’années, Asmaa Ibnouzahir est engagée dans la réflexion et les débats sociaux autour des droits de la personne, notamment sur les questions touchant autant à l’immigration et à la religion dans la sphère publique qu’au statut des femmes dans l’Islam. Elle a également voyagé et travaillé dans plus d’une quinzaine de pays en tant que spécialiste de la nutrition d’urgence humanitaire.

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Asmaa Ibnouzahir shares an autobiography recounting the challenges she faced as a young Muslim Moroccan immigrant arriving in Quebec in 1994, as well as an illuminating analysis on issues that come up in the media about Islam, women and society: “moderate” Muslims, “honor” killings, headscarves, Islamic feminism, etc. Engaged in the Quebec sociopolitical debates related to these issues over the last decade, Asmaa Ibnouzahir offers an important testimony that gives unprecedented access to the corridors of these debates.

Asmaa Ibnouzahir is a feminist human rights activist who has been engaged for ten years in the social debates in Quebec on issues of immigration, religion and women. She has also worked in more than fifteen countries as a specialist in humanitarian emergency nutrition.

Co-parrainé par / Co-sponsored by: Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.

Roundup of Stories from Twitter (jobs, calls, the new Charter of Values etc) for Non Twitter people: Part I

Higher Education: Smaller/Bigger?lego bird on lego horse, with lasso

‏@OsgoodeIFLS 18 Sep  Queen’s plans to expand law school enrolment http://bit.ly/19cyGjr   a revenue move, not an A2J move. “options” for #public #lawschools

Ryan Dunch ‏@DunchinYEG 16h  Impact of Alberta post-secondary cuts felt across the province http://www.cautbulletin.ca/en_article.asp?ArticleID=3690#.UkDFHpUb-bI.twitter  … #abpse #ableg #highered

Calls for…

RT @PHughesLCO: About the forthcoming Call for Project Proposal: Law Commission of Ontario http://www.lco-cdo.org/en#.UjdZFhOEKTM.twitter  …

Canadian Journal of Women and the Law: call for submissions http://www.slsa.ac.uk/news#CJWL

Jobs

@UBCLaw is hiring two (2!) tenure track positions. Home of @FemLegalStudies . #law Details: http://www.law.ubc.ca/files/pdf/faculty/jobs/2013/Law_Gen_Fac_Search_2013_FINAL.pdf

work with loads of fab people. home of @feministsatlaw RT @SLSA_UK: Four posts at Kent Law School http://www.slsa.ac.uk/news#Kent

There’s an App for That: new conlaw nerd tool

Thanks to these folks http://comparativeconstitutionsproject.org/   we get this https://www.constituteproject.org   Compare #constitutions. Form & Function seem top notch.

Try searching “Equality regardless of gender”. #nerdgames #comparative #constitutions https://www.constituteproject.org/#/search   h/t @hargreaves_s

but … the #Canadian #Constitution isn’t there! Did they forget to add it to this #toolfordesigninggovernments ? Hmmm. #googleconstitute

Academics Attacked

‏@OsgoodeIFLS 17 Sep @Yorku prof detained in #Egypt along with Dr. / Latest via @justinpodur Tarek and John on hunger strike http://bit.ly/198TTMu You may remember that Prof.  John Greyson was at Osgoode last year for the IFLS/SALSA presentation of his codirected film Rex v. Singh.

@OsgoodeIFLS 16 Sep Men’s Rights Edmntn helps create Calg chapter, releases truly awful on many levels poster campaign. Forza, @lisegot http://bit.ly/1eIXZ4Z

[Silver lining ]Lise Gotell ‏@LiseGot 16 Sep Personal attacks can have positive consequences. I’ve had so many messages of support today. I am humbled! #consent #equality.

Quebec Charter of Values

‏@OsgoodeIFLS 10 Sep  I thought infographic circulating this AM was a joke. Joke’s on me. #whatnottowear #valeursQC @BDrainvillePQ http://www.nosvaleurs.gouv.qc.ca/en/propositions/3  …

Hugo Cyr ‏@ProfCyr 11 Sep U don’t agree with #PQ s #charte des #valeursQc? Good time to reinstate the Charter challenge prog that U slashed Mr #Harper? #cdnpoli #NDP

Really interesting RT @ADodek: Quebec charter pitch exposes deep split within feminist ranks http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebec-charter-proposal-proves-divisive-for-provinces-feminists/article14440417/?service=mobile#!/  … #Qcpoli #women #feminism

Visual Religious Symbols & Law Alison Dundes Reteln h/t JF Gaudreault-DesBiens http://bit.ly/18moo3c   perception of threat #charterofvalues

….and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, surprising a few (but not me)

But not surprising RT @EmmMacfarlane Frmr SCC Justice L’Heureux-Dube supports QC #valuescharter Mighty disappointing http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/09/21/amnesty-international-warns-quebec-values-charter-would-violate-fundamental-rights/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter  …

Now you need a laugh.

RT @GalldinRoberts: Judge to me 2day: the law is like pantyhose that fits nobody. Me: thats why I don’t wear pantyhose your honour #lawyers

Jen Otis-Fensom ‏@JenFensom 10 Sep I 100% disagree with the Charter of Quebec values. I do agree that the 70s-style open collar is a bad look, though.

Eric v Lola: an online roundtable

We’re excited to introduce the first IFLS roundtable, designed to make a space for legal scholars to have important & timely conversations without the formality of peer review, yet still allow them more control over content than direct engagement with traditional media often does. Hope you enjoy it!

When the decision in Eric v Lola, properly known as Quebec (Attorney General) v. A, 2013 SCC 5 came out January 25, 2013, it gave all those interested in family law, equality law, the Supreme Court of Canada, and even lifestyles of the rich and famous something to dive into.  “A” had challenged the exclusion of de facto spouses from the Civil Code of Quebec (see art 401 up to art 585, here) and claimed both spousal support and property division on the basis that the legislation violated section 15.

She lost.  But it took four hundred and fifty paragraphs, and it was a split decision!  To borrow a phrase, “it’s complicated”.

                    1.  Do arts. 401 to 430, 432, 433, 448 to 484 and 585 of the Civil Code of Québec, S.Q. 1991, c. 64, infringe s. 15(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Answers:  McLachlin C.J. and Deschamps, Abella, Cromwell and Karakatsanis JJ. would answer yes.  LeBel, Fish, Rothstein and Moldaver JJ. would answer no.

2.  If so, is the infringement a reasonable limit prescribed by law that can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society under s. 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Answers:  LeBel, Fish, Rothstein and Moldaver JJ. would answer that it is not necessary to answer this question.  McLachlin C.J. would answer yes.  Deschamps, Cromwell and Karakatsanis JJ. would answer that only art. 585 is not justified under s. 1.  Abella J. would answer no.

Other Coverage

Cristin Schmitz in the Lawyer’s Weekly said the ruling “muddied the waters” here.  Kirk Makin in the Globe and Mail wrote about it here.   The Montreal Gazette story was headlined “Common Law Couples do not have the same Protection, Top Court Rules” (here).  Here is the CBC. Law students took it on here (Ottawa’s Delara Emami) and here (Osgoode’s Stephanie Voudouris)   Macleans has a more…Macleansian take on the story, providing ample background in this December 2009 piece.

These stories give a flavour of the suit and the judgment(s).  While the case was essentially a section 15 challenge to the Quebec legislation which governs common law spouses after the relationship breaks down, it raiises a host of fascinating questions, about choice, about section 15, about Quebec – as I said, “complicated”.

IFLS Roundtable

So, to sort out or amplify the complexities of this case, I’m delighted to introduce the first IFLS online roundtable, and the four legal scholars who will be talking about Eric and Lola for the next few weeks.  Our panelists are Professors Hester Lessard (UVic), Bruce Ryder (Osgoode), Margot Young (UBC) and Robert Leckey (McGill).  More information about these four below.  They have agreed to submit responses to my questions, in a roundtable type format.  I will be posting the questions and responses as they happen, but the format is less “chat” like than a kind of exchange of short notes.    Huge thanks to the four panelists for agreeing to this experimental approach.
If you want to follow the postings you can check here, where I will collect all the posts.  Otherwise, if you are already signed up for the IFLS feed through email or through RSS (check the far right sidebar), they will come in your regular set of posts.

Here’s our panel.

Collage of professors Lessard, Leckey, Young and Ryder, first IFLS CaseChat panel

Hester Lessard joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria in 1989 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and full Professor in 2007. She teaches: Constitutional Law; Feminist Legal Theories; Equality, Human Rights and Social Justice Law; and Legal Process. In addition, she teaches Legal Theory as part of the law school’s Graduate Program.  Her past and current research interests include feminist critiques of constitutional rights, the construction of family relations under the Charter of Rights, and the role of rights-based strategies and discourses in achieving progressive social change for women.

 

Bruce Ryder joined Osgoode Hall Law School’s faculty in 1987.  His research and publications focus on a range of contemporary constitutional issues, including those related to federalism, equality rights, freedom of expression, Aboriginal rights, and Quebec secession. He has also published articles that explore the historical evolution of constitutional principles and is currently researching the history of book censorship in Canada.

 

Margot Young began her teaching career at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria in 1992 after doing graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley in the fields of feminist legal theory and reproductive technologies. Her focus quickly shifted to the areas of constitutional law, in particular, equality law and theory, and social welfare law. She has continued to teach and research widely in these areas. Professor Young is very involved in work with a number of non-governmental groups working on issues of women’s economic equality and justice. She has authoring alternative reports for the National Association of Women and the Law for the last two of Canada’s periodic reviews under the United Nations ICESCR and ICCPR. Recently she co-authored and presented to the United Nations CEDAW Committee in New York NGO reports on Canada’s and British Columbia’s failure to comply with obligations under the Women’s Convention.

 

Robert Leckey teaches constitutional law and family law, and conducts research in those fields as well as comparative law. He is working on a book tentatively titled Bills of Rights in the Common Law.  From 2002 to 2003, he served as law clerk for Justice Michel Bastarache of the Supreme Court of Canada.  He joined the Faculty of Law in July 2006 and was named a William Dawson Scholar by McGill University in 2011.  In 2010-2011, he served as director of research for the Inquiry Commission on the Process for Appointing Judges (the Bastarache Commission). He is the president of Egale Canada as well as the chair of its Legal Issues Committee.  Robert Leckey has received the Prix de la Fondation du Barreau du Québec (2007), the Canadian Association of Law Teachers’ Scholarly Paper Prize (2009), the McGill Law Students’ Association’s John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award (2009), the Canada Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law (2010), and the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2010).


New on SSRN: Face to Face by Robert Leckey (McGill)

Robert Leckey (McGill, other work on SSRN here) has posted Face to Face on SSRN

This draft paper uses queer theory, specifically literature on Bowers v. Hardwick, to analyze debates over legislation proposed in Quebec regarding covered faces. Queer theory sheds light on legal responses to the veil. Parliamentary debates in Quebec reconstitute the polity, notably as secular and united. The paper highlights the contradictory and unstable character of four binaries: legislative text versus social practice, act versus status, majority versus minority, and knowable versus unknowable. As with contradictory propositions about homosexuality, contradiction does not undermine discourse but makes it stronger and more agile.