Category Archives: Opportunities

Newly Posted Academic Positions at Canadian Law Schools

Apologies in advance if i missed any.

Generally, for authoritative listings of jobs in Canadian faculties of law, I’d look to the Canadian Council of Law Dean’s page, here.  I’ve set Chrome’s pagemonitor to tell me if things change on that page – who knows if that will work, but i’ll let you know if it’s a good system.

  • In addition to a Dean search, University of Manitoba Robson Faculty of Law has two positions open – see here and here. Open until filled but review of applications starts January 4, 2016.
  • University of Calgary has up to three tenure/tenure-track positions, open until filled but aim for December 22 as the deadline. See here.   Same school has a Chair in Energy Market Regulation search on as well.




CFP: Osgoode Hall Graduate Student Conference 2016 – “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Calling all grad students out of your carrels….the academic and social event of the year is here!

Osgoode’s annual Graduate Student Conference will take place on February 18-19th, 2016, at Osgoode Hall, York University (Keele) campus.

The conference this year takes on the broad theme of  “Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives – Choose Your Own Adventure”.This is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students and others to share and sharpen scholarship, develop professional skills, and engage with scholars, lawyers, artists and activists from across the world.  An exciting new development this year is the addition of workshops specifically dedicated to honing research, writing and job skills. There are also some great social events in the works. 

The deadline for proposals (250 word abstract) is December 4, 2015. We would love to see a hearty helping of burgeoning feminist scholarship in the mix! Please note that you do not need to submit a paper in order to participate in the conference. See the full text of the call below for details.

Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives

Choose Your Own Adventure

The theme for the 2016 Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conference is “Exploring Law and Change through Interdisciplinary Research, New Legal Realism and Other Perspectives – Choose Your Own Adventure”. Where law engages with social issues and interactions, many legal scholars have begun to apply knowledge from outside the disciplinary boundaries of law. From this interdisciplinary perspective, our conference will consider the myriad ways in which law facilitates, obstructs, and reacts to change. We also welcome general submissions from those whose work falls outside this theme.

Past Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conferences have featured PhD and LLM students from all over the world, featuring scholars from every continent. Over the years, several hundreds of early-career scholars have shared their work, built strong networks, and engaged with new perspectives at our event. This year, in addition to our panels, the conference will host a series of workshops dedicated to helping attendees hone not only their research and writing, but also other job skills like community engagement, the use of interdisciplinary methods, and so forth. We are dedicated to growing and improving this annual event—one of the premiere graduate law student conferences in Canada.

The conference will be held at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, where we look forward to welcoming fellow graduate students and junior scholars, as well as members of the legal and social justice communities from February 18th to 19th, 2016.

Why should you apply? Conference presentations are one of the most important parts of your academic CV, and graduate student conferences offer an unparalleled environment within which to debate and share your viewpoint, and convince the academic community about the great value of your research. At this conference, you will be provided with fresh perspectives on your own research, and afforded the opportunity to engage with your peers in helping them to sharpen their work as well. Beyond the clear academic benefits and importance to your job prospects, the Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Student Conference is a place to meet colleagues from across Canada, and become a part of a global network established by the largest graduate law student body in the country. And, if that’s not enough for you, the social events will be one of the highlights of the our year.

We invite proposals for papers, presentations, panels, workshops and other interventions (including art-based and performance contributions) from Master’s and Doctoral students, lawyers, educators, artists, and activists. Submissions may also be works in progress or finalized pieces, intended for or drawn from, thesis or dissertation proposals or chapters, major research papers, course papers, post-doctoral projects, and so on. To apply, please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words in length and include (i) your name, (ii) title of the paper, (iii) your organization or institution (if any), and (iv) a list of up to five keywords to The deadline for submission is 4 December 2015 and successful applicants will be notified by early January. Information about the conference site, accommodations, and conference fees will be provided with your notice of acceptance.

If you are successful, your presentation outline (a minimum of 500 words) or final paper must be submitted by 10 February 2016.

We are looking forward to a great conference this year, with several social events, excellent panels, workshops from senior scholars, and more. Mark your calendar and we will see you there!

Very much looking forward to this!


Two Postdoctoral Research Positions @ Kent Law School

Attention early career scholars! Here is an exciting opportunity from Kent Law School:  2 X 2 year postdoctoral posts for independent interdisciplinary research.

The deadline for applications is November 22. 

From the job posting:

Are you an early career scholar, carrying out ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in law?Kent Law School are offering a unique opportunity for 2 Postdoctoral Researchers to join their school. These posts are open to applicants in all social sciences and humanities disciplines, whose research is relevant to work carried out at Kent Law School.
You will conduct independent, ground-breaking interdisciplinary research; publish high-quality publications in your domain of expertise; apply for external funding and participate in the academic and community life of the Law School. You will also receive support from an experienced mentor.These positions are offered on a full time basis for a fixed term period of 2 years.
To be a Postdoctoral Researcher you will need to:

  • Develop and conduct high quality independent interdisciplinary research
  • Apply for external grant funding
  • Extend, transform and apply interdisciplinary knowledge acquired from research, through activities including public engagement, internationalisation, and internal and external collaboration.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Track record of excellent, independent interdisciplinary research
  • An excellent record of publications commensurate with career
  • A well-defined and original research and personal development plan

Kent Law School

Law degrees have been taught at Kent since 1967, and over the years the Law School (KLS) has established a reputation for critical innovation in legal education and research. While our modules and programmes are fully engaged with doctrinal analysis, much of our teaching and research also seeks to address the social, historical, economic and political contexts within which law operates.

KLS has seen significant expansion in recent years. There are now around 1600 students studying on law programmes, including about 220 on 10 different LLM programmes, and up to 50 postgraduate research students. There are currently 55+ academics, including 15 professors. There are also 25 support staff within the School, as well as a Law Librarian and additional library staff devoted to law.

Further Information

Start date for applications: 23 October 2015

Closing date for applications: 22 November 2015

Interviews are to be held: 9 December 2015

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact Caren Ward on

Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a summary document. Your summary should provide clear evidence and examples demonstrating where you meet the essential criteria for the post. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

In addition, please also submit a substantive piece of writing, indicative of your research. This should normally be a journal article or book chapter, but may also be a chapter from your PhD.

See here for the original posting with links to the full job description.

What are you waiting for?


CFP: Joint Scholars & Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence

An interesting workshop opportunity in New York City, recently posted here on the Feminist Law Professors blog:

Joint Scholars & Scholarship Workshop on Feminist JurisprudenceJanuary 6, 2016
Fordham Law School

Sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and the Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

LWI, ALWD, and the AALS Legal Writing Section are excited to collaborate with Fordham Law School in celebration of feminist scholars and scholars of feminist jurisprudence by offering a half-day workshop.   The Scholars & Scholarship Workshop will take place at Fordham Law School on January 6, 2016, the day prior to the beginning of the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York City.

The Workshop is focused on scholarly writing and teaching in the field of feminist jurisprudence. Our goal is to encourage and support the work of scholars, including jurists and practitioners, as they challenge patriarchy and other hierarchical structures, critique existing jurisprudence from multicultural feminist perspectives, and share strategies and techniques for bringing a feminist perspective into the classroom.  It extends the conversation of the more than 50 scholars involved in the creation of the edited volume, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Kathryn  Stanchi, Linda Berger & Bridget Crawford eds., Cambridge University Press 2016).  We hope to more broadly support the work of feminist scholars in the academy, regardless of their subject area of study.

If you are interested in presenting a draft paper to receive feedback from an audience of informed scholars in a safe and supportive environment, please submit an abstract to the Scholars & Scholarship Workshop by October 5, 2015.  Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words in length and should be emailed to Professors Nantiya Ruan at and Shailini Jandial George at  Those submitting abstracts will be informed of whether they were chosen to participate by October 31, 2015, and drafts will be sent to readers in mid-December.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, you can register here:

For more on feminist judgment projects, see a couple of our posts from earlier this year:  here and here.

grad student job opportunity: research on gender equality in EU policy processes

I’m very pleased to be working with the IFLS as the graduate student coordinator!  One of my goals for the coming year is to find new ways for the IFLS to support JD and grad students interested in feminist legal studies.  On that note, here is an interesting grad student job opportunity from the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) at York:

Interested in gender studies?  Interested in European studies? Interested in policy studies?

We currently looking to hire graduate research assistants on a recently-funded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council research program that brings together scholars and policymakers from Canada and Europe to study how the problem of gender inequality is (and is not addressed) in European Union policy processes.

Ideally, you are:

-an MA or PhD student in a social science discipline

-have some background in gender studies (e.g., relevant coursework)

-have some background in and/or are interested in European and policy studies.

If you are interested, please send a letter of interest along with your your academic transcripts and a resume/CV to:
Prof. Heather MacRae Department of Political Science York University

You can learn more about Dr MacRae’s work here.