Category Archives: What we’ve Done

Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession / Book Launch / Toronto Feb 9th, 2018

IFLS Book Launch: Friday February 9th 530-730 PM Glad Day Books 499 Church Street PUTTING TRIALS ON TRIAL: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession. What are the ethical responsibilities of Judges,Crowns & defence counsel?  Are these being honoured? Dr. Elaine  Craig (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University) takes on these questions and more in her new book (MQUP 2018), based on close readings of trial transcripts. Join us to launch this important attempt to create a different conversation about  sexual assault, trials, rights, professional responsibility for lawyers, and the things we can do better. RSVP WWW.OSGOODE.YORKU.CA/RESEARCH/RSVP Osgoode Hall Law School, York University Osgoode Institute of Feminist Legal Studies

Book Launch:
Glad Day Books 499 Church Street
Friday February 9th 530-730 PM

PUTTING TRIALS ON TRIAL: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession.
Dr. Elaine  Craig (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University) takes on these questions and more in her new book, based on close readings of trial transcripts. Join us to launch this important attempt to create a different conversation about  sexual assault, trials, rights, professional responsibility for lawyers, and the things we can do better.

RSVP WWW.OSGOODE.YORKU.CA/RESEARCH/RSVP

Save the Date Feb 9th, 2018 in Toronto: Book Launch for Prof. Elaine Craig’s Putting Trials on Trial

Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession by Dal Prof Elaine Craig is coming out this Winter.

IFLS will host a book launch in Toronto with Prof. Craig on Friday Feb 9th.  Click here to put your name on our list for more information about this launch.

Cover of book with save the date, Feb 9 Toronto Book Launch.

Empowering Women and Girls in Mining Communities in Mozambique: Talk by Terezinha da Silva March 20 2017

EmpowEmpowering Women and Girls in Mining Communities in Mozambique. Talk by Terezinha da Silva. Monday, March 20, 2017 Kaneff Tower 519 2:00am – 4:30pm All are welcome! The last decade has seen a coal mining boom in northern Mozambique with the arrival of Riversdale, Rio Tinto, Vale and Jindal. The Mozambican government has welcomed these investments as the guarantee of economic growth, jobs and poverty alleviation. Brazil has given strong backing to its corporations in Africa, within an upbeat narrative of South-South solidarity. For the mining communities, it has been a story of unfulfilled promises. There have been forced resettlements of traditional farmers without prior consultation or respect for land rights. Vale has relocated them in a rural area with houses, schools and a health post but no land or means of livelihood. The influx of miners has exacerbated already scarce social and infrastructure in the region, overcrowding roads, schools and hospitals and creating social problems. While there have been many general studies of impacted communities, WLSA’s research project is the first study looking specifically at the impact on women and girls from a gender perspective. The study analyses, in context of resettlements, how women and men produce their responses as a result of mining actions. Terezinha da Silva will talk about the community workshops based on the research and the challenges of taking up these issues in communities with patriarchal traditions still deeply embedded. Speaker’s Bio: Terezinha da Silva (Mozambique) is currently the national coordinator of WLSA Mozambique (Women and Law in Southern Africa), a regional NGO working on women human’s rights. She is also the board member of different NGO’s working on themes related to community development, social studies, children, gender and women issues and ageing. Her other professional experiences are related to management and institutional development. She worked for many years at the Ministry of Health and Social Action. She also has a wide range of experiences in teaching planning and management, including curriculum development of national courses. Her research experience include areas related to public policies, gender and development, integrity of the judiciary, unpaid care work, gender audit and ageing. She holds a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics. Co-sponsors: The Harriet Tubman Institute, African Studies, Global Labour Research Centre, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Law and Society (LASO), The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode (IFLS),Centre for Feminist Research. ering Women and Girls in Mining Communities in Mozambique:

Talk by Terezinha da Silva.

Monday, March 20, 2017
Kaneff Tower 519
2:00am – 4:30pm

All are welcome!

The last decade has seen a coal mining boom in northern Mozambique with the arrival of Riversdale, Rio Tinto, Vale and Jindal. The Mozambican government has welcomed these investments as the guarantee of economic growth, jobs and poverty alleviation. Brazil has given strong backing to its corporations in Africa, within an upbeat narrative of South-South solidarity. For the mining communities, it has been a story of unfulfilled promises. There have been forced resettlements of traditional farmers without prior consultation or respect for land rights. Vale has relocated them in a rural area with houses, schools and a health post but no land or means of livelihood. The influx of miners has exacerbated already scarce social and infrastructure in the region, overcrowding roads, schools and hospitals and creating social problems. While there have been many general studies of impacted communities, WLSA’s research project is the first study looking specifically at the impact on women and girls from a gender perspective. The study analyses, in context of resettlements, how women and men produce their responses as a result of mining actions. Terezinha da Silva will talk about the community workshops based on the research and the challenges of taking up these issues in communities with patriarchal traditions still deeply embedded.

Terezinha da Silva (Mozambique) is currently the national coordinator of WLSA Mozambique (Women and Law in Southern Africa), a regional NGO  working on women human’s rights. She is also the board member of different NGO’s working on themes related to community development, social studies, children, gender and women issues and ageing. Her other professional experiences are related to management and institutional development.  She worked for many years at the Ministry of Health and  Social Action.  She also has a wide range of experiences in teaching planning and management, including curriculum development of national courses. Her research experience include areas related to public policies, gender and development, integrity of the judiciary, unpaid care work, gender audit and ageing. She holds a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.

Co-sponsors: The Harriet Tubman Institute, African Studies, Global Labour Research Centre, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Law and Society (LASO), The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode (IFLS),Centre for Feminist Research.

March 8 LRST/IFLS presents Leslie Griffin: “Institutional or Individual: What is Religious Freedom in the United States Today?”

Prof. Leslie C Griffin (UNLV Law) “Institutional or Individual: What is Religious Freedom in the United States Today?”

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This paper will argue that the U.S. government has usually interpreted religious freedom to protect institutions and frequently ignored the interests of religious individuals. Interpreting the Free Exercise Clause to protect religious institutions’ rights against their members ignores the experience of the earliest Americans. Allowing the courts to enforce a rule that automatically favors religious institutions over their members is at odds with the early history of liberty of conscience.

This talk will look at two examples of the courts privileging institutions over individuals. First, the ministerial exception allows church employees’ claims against their employers to be dismissed without lawsuit. Second, RFRA (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act) permits religious employers to deny full health insurance coverage to their employees.  The talk then explores the alternative, individual approach to law and religion, which the courts should favor in the future.

Wednesday, March 8, at 12:30-2 at Osgoode Hall law School, in the Faculty Common Room, room 2027.

Prof. Leslie C. Griffin (Boyd School of Law, UNLV) is a constitutional scholar known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion, with a particular focus on the interface of religious liberties, gender, and equality in the United States.  She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters about law, religion, politics and ethics, and her recent works include “A Word of Warning from A Woman: Arbitrary, Categorical, and Hidden Religious Exemptions Threaten LGBT Rights,” 7 Ala. C.R. & C.L.L. Rev. 97 (2015) and “The Catholic Bishops vs. the Contraceptive Mandate,” Religions 2015, 6, 1411–1432, available here.