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IFLS Events in January and beyond….

Five Fridays, plus a bonus Wednesday and Monday at Osgoode.  Scholars, lawyers, students, and you bring feminist analyses to law.  Join us – light refreshments, good discussion.

Printable/Shareable PDF of the whole list here.

RSVP for any of these events to Lielle Gonsalves

Friday January 9


1230-2 FCR (Osgoode Hall 2027)

Abortion Law in Ireland: The Transnational Story of a National Law, Prof. Fiona de Londras (Durham), Osgoode Genest Global Visitor

Chair: Prof. Sonia Lawrence

Discussant: Prof. Rachel Rebouche (Temple)

Wednesday January 14

Roundhouse2230-430  FCR (Osgoode Hall 2027)

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House: A Book Club Discussion


Friday January 23Jan23UKhanv2

1230-2 FCR (Osgoode Hall 2027)

Vicarious Kinks: S/M in the Socio-Legal Imaginary

Dr. Ummni Khan (Carleton)

 Chair:  Professor Kate Sutherland

Friday January 30Jan30ECraig

1230-2 FCR (Osgoode Hall 2027)

Examining the Websites of Canada’s ‘Top Sex Crime Lawyers’: Ethical Parameters of Online Commercial Expression

Prof. Elaine Craig (Dalhousie Schulich School of Law)

Chair/Discussant: Professor Janet Mosher

Monday February 23Feb23KimSB

1230-2 FCR (Osgoode Hall 2027)

Rape by Fraud: Coercion, not Deception

Prof. Kim Shayo Buchanan (USC Law)

Chair: Prof. Benjamin Berger


Friday March 6

1230-2 Osgoode Hall 2028 

Test Cases & Interventions at the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

with Joanna Birenbaum, Osgoode McMurtry Fellow, Shaun O’Brien, Partner, Cavalluzzo LLP, Bailey Duller, Barrister & Solicitor and Amanda Dale,  ED of the Clinic.

Chair: Professor Dayna Scott

Friday March 13

1230-2 FCR (Osgoode Hall 2027)

Marriage, Conscience and Bigotry

Prof Linda C. McClain, Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar (BU Law)  Chair:  Professor Cynthia Williams

Professor McClain will present her paper in a workshop style format, with a commentator (TBA)


Osgoode Reads Book Club: Louise Erdrich’s The Round House

Roundhouse2Osgoode reads Louise Erdrich The Round House
In the Afterward to The Round House, Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) thanks legal scholars John Borrows and Hadley Friedland for their work on windigoo (wetiko) law. A tangle of legal orders cover the lands and people in this book, promising and thwarting many different forms of justice.
(How) can we use literature to learn more about colonial violence and the search for indigenous justice for indigenous communities? How does literature speak to law and law to literature? What about scholarship?

We will discuss this book and related ideas together in person at Osgoode and on the IFLS blog at with other readers – scholars, activists and writers. All members of the Osgoode community & beyond are invited to participate on the web, or join us for an in person discussion.

We’ll meet Wednesday Jan 14, 230 to 4 RSVP (so we can tell you when the room is set) at use event code HOUSE
Tea & Snacks

Over the break, some time to read.  After the break some time to discuss.   

PDF for posting/sharing here.

If you want to contribute a blog post on this book, please write me, Sonia Lawrence at Osgoode.

sexual assault on campus

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students. what they are thinking/fighting about.

Students have more on their minds than just course material.

When I walked in to my workplace this morning, these posters (see slideshow above) were up all around the school, a new campaign courtesy of the Osgoode Feminist Collective (formerly known as the Osgoode Women’s Caucus, they changed their name a few years ago).  You can find the group on Facebook, here, and read a little more about the campaign there.

Other student activities in other places:

The Fredricton (NB) Youth Feminists, speaking out about sexualization at school via dress codes. Find them at @YouthFeminists.  Here is an article about this struggle (FYF were also engaged in the ongoing struggle for abortion access in NB):

Beirne explains why she believes the dress code is reflective of [slut shaming]: “The dress code says that we [the girls] can’t show our undergarments or our midriffs… Aside from that, the only other thing it says is that we have to dress modestly, and that is a problem, because ‘modesty’ can mean different things to different teachers.”

“Basically, this ambiguity allows the teachers to force their own ideas of ‘modesty’ on us even if our infraction isn’t in the dress code, and they can publicly humiliate you for it too.”

London, on the streets, protesting tuition fees, demanding free higher education.

signs at london protest

photo via the Guardian

At Yale Law School, students wrote an open letter responding to YLS prof Jed Rubenfeld’s piece in the NYTimes on campus rape.  The open letter is at HuffPo, here, but you have to scroll down to find it.