DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BEFORE THE CANADIAN COURTS: INTERSECTIONS, IMPACTS, IDENTITIES
Friday 8-Mar-2019 Time: 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM Room 2027, Osgoode Hall Law School, Ignat Kaneff Building RSVP
JENNIFER KOSHAN (CALGARY LAW) & JANET MOSHER (OSGOODE)
Domestic violence cases present unique access to justice issues, especially when litigants are required to navigate multiple legal systems. In Canada, parties affected by domestic violence may face legal issues encompassing numerous laws, including criminal, family, child protection, civil protection, housing, social assistance, immigration and refugee laws, each of which has its own legal processes.
This presentation will explore the extent to which law/policy makers and judges take account of the difficulties and dangers that may arise for these parties when laws and legal systems intersect. Our initial findings indicate that state actors often ignore these intersections or proceed on problematic assumptions about them; they fail to attend to the complexities presented by litigants’ identities, such as their Indigeneity and immigration status; and they tend to minimize the impact of domestic violence on women and children, thereby jeopardizing safety and impeding access to justice
The Osgoode Feminist Collective, in collaboration with the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, is pleased to announce this year’s #LawNeedsFeminismBecause campaign. LNFB is a photo campaign held at law schools across Canada meant to facilitate dialogue on issues relating to gender, diversity and inclusivity in law schools, the legal profession and the justice system. If you’re not familiar with the campaign, please visit https://www.lawneedsfeminismbecause.ca/mission/
A few notes about participating:
– Please come prepared with a caption for your photo
– Please refrain from defining “law” or “feminism” in your captions
– If your caption contains a quote, please include its source
– Your photos will turn out best if you wear clothing in solid, neutral tones
Inclusivity, accessibility, and diversity are pillars of LNFB’s campaign. Please stay in tune with these principles.
Please note that all participants will be asked to sign a release so that their photos can be included in the national campaign. Releases will be available at the table in Gowlings, but for those who are able it would be helpful if you brought signed releases with you. Click here to print/sign.
On behalf of OFC and IFLS, we hope to see you there!
with Meskerem Geset Techane, Vice Chair- UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women
Wednesday, February 13th 2019, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Osgoode Hall Law School, Ignat Kaneff Building, Room 2028
Meskerem Geset Techane is the Vice-Chair of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women. A human rights lawyer with extensive experience working at the national and international levels, her previous positions include High Court Judge and Head of School of Law (Oromia Public Service College) in Ethiopia, and Deputy Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights in Africa and expert group member with the African Union human rights bodies. She is a fellow at the Human Rights Centre, University of Padova and an associate scholar at the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute, University of Toronto.
JANUARY 23, 2019 1230 in Room 1014 Helliwell Centre IKB
“Building Community, Accessing Justice: In Conversation with Catherine Hernandez”
[added 01/19/2019: It’s Osgoode Prof. Amar Bhatia who will serve as Catherine’s interlocutor, and i’m delighted that he agreed. His own work, his interest in things literary, and many other things about who he is (including that he’s a lovely person) combine to make him an ideal interviewer. Thank you Amar!]
Scarborough: a novel is published by Arsenal Pulp Press, (you can order a copy from them for 17.95$ – there’s a nice excerpt online for you to read).
The e book is now less than 10 on Amazon (kindle) and Kobo.
GTA libraries don’t have many copies (Vaughan public library website kindly asked me if I was looking for sourdough a novel which was…do they think i’m a hipster??). Mississauga Public Libraries; Brampton Public Library; Ajax.
IFLS feminist book club will have a session on Scarborough before the 23rd, but generally it’s not necessary to read the book to come and hear Catherine speak.
IFLS is delighted to welcome Professor Camille Gear Rich from USC this week to present her latest work: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 1230 in 4034 (Osgoode Hall Law School, IKB). Please join us – we’re serving lunch! RSVP here. ALL WELCOME.
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 known for her research on law, discrimination and identity formation issues related to race, class, gender and sexuality.
Follow this with our co sponsored 7PM screening at the REGENT THEATRE (MtPleasant between Davisville/Eglinton) of NETIZENS, a documentary also taking on questions of feminism and free speech, see here.