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Privacy, Drones, Feminism

So much on all these topics lately (Sidewalk Labs Toronto, anyone?). Here’s Windsor’s Kristen Thomasen’s latest:

🍁 Thomasen, Kristen, Beyond Airspace Safety: A Feminist Perspective on Drone Privacy Regulation (April 1, 2017). Presented at We Robot 2017 (Yale Law School, New Haven CT, March 31-April 1). Publication details forthcoming.  Available at SSRN: or

 In particular, various features of the technology allow it to take advantage of the ways in which privacy protection has traditionally been - and in many cases continues to be - gendered. The paper ultimately argues that drone regulators cannot continue to treat the technology as though it is value-neutral - impacting all individuals in the same manner. Going forward, the social context in which drone technology is emerging must inform both drone-specific regulations, and how we approach privacy generally. This paper is framed as a starting point for a further discussion about how this can be done within the Canadian context and elsewhere.

Laura Beth Nielsen at Yorku Law & Society/ Socio-Legal Studies on October 22

Laura Beth Nielsen at Yorku Law & Society/ Socio-Legal Studies on October 22

“Rights, Reinscription and Racial Inequality”  Monday, October 22nd 2:30-4:00pm S 701 Ross  All Welcome

Rights, Reinscription, and Racial Inequality

This presentation examines how law perpetuates inequalities of race, sex, disability, in different ways in different social locations.  I hope to engage you in thinking about the relationship between rights, law, hierarchy, and legal consciousness in my research which is primarily in the US context in order to introduce you to the theoretical concept I am currently developing that I am calling “Relational Rights.”  All of my research centers on one theoretical question:  Under what conditions can law be harnessed for progressive social change. Specifically, how can law be used to remedy inequalities of unearned privilege like race, sex, sexual orientation, ability, and the like? Using a variety of methods in different organizational, institutional, and legal contexts, I use legal consciousness as a theoretical and methodological framework for my questions. The talk will focus on research about street harassment, employment discrimination, and campus sexual assault.

Laura  Beth Nielsen is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation,  Professor of Sociology, & Director of the Center for Legal Studies  at Northwestern University.  She received a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley  in 1999 and her law degree also from Berkeley in 1996. She is the author  or editor of 5 books, including  License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech, published by Princeton University Press in 2004 which studies racist and sexist street speech, targets’ reactions and responses to it, and attitudes about using law to deal with such speech.  Rights on Trial: How Employment Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality (Chicago, 2017) examines  the litigation system of employment civil rights in the United States.   In addition to her scholarly publications in the UCLA Law Review, Law and Society Review, & Law and Social Inquiry, she has participated in Congressional briefings  about federal hate crime legislation and the role of speech in hate  crime. Coverage of her scholarship and her own commentary have appeared  in the New York Times, Time Magazine, the LA Times, FOX News, Morning Edition (NPR), ABC Radio, Al-Jazeera English, the  Huffington Post, USA Today, and the Nation.



Upcoming IFLS Speakers (Save the Dates!)

Details like RSVP links and rooms still to come for the January events but all welcome to all of these talks.

Friday November 16 1230-2 in Room 4034 IKB (Osgoode)
Camille Gear Rich (USC Gould School of Law)
Is it a Man’s World? A Feminist Reimagining the Right to Free Speech in the Aftermath of the Charlottesville Race Riots
Camille Gear Rich’s research and teaching interests include constitutional law, feminist legal theory, family law, children and the law and the First Amendment. She is the founder and director of PRISM: The USC Initiative for the Study of Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Law. She is also the founding director of Gould’s First Generation Legal Professionals program. Rich is widely know for her research on law, discrimination and identity formation issues related to race, class, gender and sexuality.

Lunch served. Please RSVP

Thursday January 17th 1230-2 Room TBA
Alice Woolley (Calgary Law)
Nasty Women and the Rule of Law: How we talk about Women Lawyers
Alice Woolley’s research interests are in the areas of legal ethics and professional regulation, with a particular interest in the intersection of professional regulation, moral philosophy and moral psychology. She is the author of Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada and co-author and co-editor of Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 2nd ed.. Her academic articles have discussed the good character requirement for law society admission, the regulation of extra-professional misconduct, access to justice, the regulation of civility, lawyer self-regulation and the theoretical foundations of the lawyer’s role.

Wednesday January 23 2019 1230
Catherine Hernandez, Author, Playwright, Activist
Community, Connection and Access to Justice: In Conversation with Catherine Hernandez
A conversation with author, playwright, activist Catherine Hernandez (@theloudlady) about her book Scarborough, access to justice and building community beyond institutional structures.

Valentine’s Day Special | Hennick Centre (with IFLS support)
Carlos Ball (Rutgers) “Queering the Corporation”
Information and RSVP to Come