What We Do

The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies was established at Osgoode in the early 1990s to foster scholarship in feminism and law at Osgoode.

The Institute aims to create a “community of interest” for feminist faculty and students at the law school.

We focus on a range of teaching and research activities, including

  • Visitorshipswhich enhance the work of Osgoode faculty and graduate students.
  • Special events and lectures concerned with feminism and law,
  • Support for JD students involved in Women’s Caucus;
  • Efforts to create a supportive environment for graduate students, including connections with graduate scholarships for feminist and gender research, and opportunities to present work-in-progress;

The work of the Institute is supported by an endowment fund at Osgoode.

The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies is governed by the Members of IFLS, a group that is constituted annually at the beginning of each academic year.  Members include Faculty and Graduate Student Members at Osgoode Hall Law School.  The Members of the IFLS participate in an Annual Meeting in March/April in each year to receive a report from the Director and to discuss plans for the next academic year.  In addition, Members are encouraged at any time to provide comments, suggestions and ideas with respect to activities and visions for the IFLS.

The Institute sponsors Visitors for short stays, during which Visitors are expected to participate in seminars and lectures, and to liaise with faculty and graduate students in relation to ongoing research activities.