Category Archives: Upcoming IFLS Events

March 13 1230 Meskerem Geset Techane, Vice Chair – UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women


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 picture of Meskerem Geset Techane at a conferencewith 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.

All are invited to attend.  RSVP:

osgoode folks, there’s time to get your pic done at Osgoode Feminist Collective’s “Law Needs Feminism because….” event [click here for details] in Gowlings Hall before or after this talk]

Catherine Hernandez, Author of Scarborough, in conversation @ Osgoode January 23 1230

RSVP pls if you plan to join us!

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).

Toronto Public Library have 66 hard copies and 120 e copies, so get on the list.   Yorku library has the book on reserve at Scott (2 hour loans)

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 LibrariesBrampton 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.




This Friday: Camille Gear Rich: “Is it a Man’s World? A Feminist Reimagining the Right to Free Speech in the Aftermath of the Charlottesville Race Riots”

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.

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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.

This Friday: An IFLS co sponsored Toronto Screening of NETIZENS with panel discussion to follow

We’re having a bit of a Feminists & Free Speech Friday this week, with Camille Gear Rich “Is it a Man’s World? A Feminist Reimagining the Right to Free Speech in the Aftermath of the Charlottesville Race Riots” at lunch and then Friday night, this screening & post film discussion.

"NETIZENS exposes the proliferation of cyber harassment faced by women, spreading from the web to the most intimate corners of their lives. As the internet becomes the next frontier of civil rights, this feature documentary follows three women who are targets of harassment, along with advocates, legal experts and others, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online." [Netizens]

Friday November 16 at 7:00PM
Regent Theatre, 551 Mt Pleasant Road Tickets $15 |

Post Film Panel Discussion with
Lawyer Angela Chaisson (whom you may remember as last year’s IFLS grad fellow)
Actor & Activist Kamee Abrahamian
local community leader Ani Hotoyan-Joly
chaired by producer Silva Basmajian



Join the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies {& invite your friends] as three feminist legal scholars critically think through the ways in which feminists and others are rallying under the banner of #metoo


THURSDAY NOV 22 2018 1230 -2PM | ***ROOM CHANGE**** ROOM 4034 Room 1014 (Helliwell Centre – beside the JCR, Across from Alumni)

Lunch served. IMPORTANT TO RSVP (space, food)


Heidi Matthews, recent contributions in this area:

  • Why the Kavanaugh hearings were a show trial gone bad at The Conversation +
  • How do we understand sexual pleasure in this age of ‘consent’? in Aeon


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