Category Archives: Upcoming IFLS Events

Friday Feb 2 (Lunch) 130 Shining the Light: A conversation with Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner of the OHRC

Renu Mandhane hasn’t been the Chief Commissioner of the OHRC very long, but it’s been long enough to know she’s doing things very differently.   Moving fast and publicly, she has moved the dial of public discourse on solitary confinement, racial profiling, and many other critical issues of the right to equality.

Join us on Friday Feb 1 for a conversation with Renu, covering the campaigns she’s spearheaded, and her views about the relationship between law, advocacy, activism and social change.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2 2018 SHINING THE LIGHT: A CONVERSATION WITH RENU MANDHANE, CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE OHRC Since being appointed Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in October 2015, Renu Mandhane has worked tirelessly to shine the bright light of public attention on human rights issues long ignored by mainstream discourse here in Ontario. We will cover some of the recent campaigns and reports by the OHRC, think about relationships between law, lived experience, advocacy and social change, discuss the work of lawyering for change, and more. RSVP www.bit.ly/IFLSRSVP Lunch provided. TIME CHANGE 130PM Room 2027 Osgoode Hall Law SchoolRSVP www.bit.ly/RenuM please, because…lunch provided.

IFLS Visiting Scholar: Professor Sharon Cowan

IFLS and Osgoode are delighted to welcome Prof. Sharon Cowan, Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies at Edinburgh Law. She will be at Osgoode from Feb 8 to March 3.  More about Sharon’s research at the bottom of this post or here.

On March 16 1230PM at Osgoode (more details & RSVP link to follow on this blog) Prof Cowan will give a talk entitled:  Transgender challenges: identity, equality and community  

In this paper I will present some findings from a project exploring trans people’s life experiences, and particularly their experiences of equality, across three jurisdictions: Scotland, Canada and the US. Trans people have struggled to gain legal rights and protections in each of these jurisdictions, notwithstanding long histories of civil rights and human rights. Equality has long been the focus of government and academic attention in each of these countries, but trans people themselves are rarely asked to reflect upon their everyday experiences of law, equality and discrimination. Differences between Canadian, US and Scottish interpretations and applications of human rights are well documented, and while all three have laws and policies that address equality, they each have very different legal cultures, histories and socio-political contexts. The project compares how trans people's experiences of equality vary and/or resonate across different social, political and legal cultures. In this paper I will explore how trans people’s lived experiences of gender identity and expression are intimately connected with other aspects of their daily lived experiences and identities, including poverty, race, cultural background, physical ability, kinship, nationality, geographical location, and immigration status. I will also examine questions of ethical representation in feminist research.

More about Professor Cowan:

Her research interests include: Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Feminist Legal Theory; Criminal Law; Criminal Justice; Asylum studies. Recent and current projects include a national empirical project, along with Helen Baillot of the Scottish Refugee Council, and Vanessa Munro of the University of Nottingham, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, looking at the the way in which women asylum claimaints whose applications are based on a claim of rape, are treated by the Asylum and Immigration Appeal Tribunal. Sharon is presently working on a comparative socio-legal project looking at the impact of law on transgender people. Along with Dr Chloe Kennedy (Edinburgh) and Professor Munro (Warwick), she is a co-editor of the new Scottish Feminist Judgments Project @ScottishFemJP.

We’re thrilled to welcome Sharon and will be posting more about her activities during her visit, and her work.

 

 

Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession / Book Launch / Toronto Feb 9th, 2018

IFLS Book Launch: Friday February 9th 530-730 PM Glad Day Books 499 Church Street PUTTING TRIALS ON TRIAL: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession. What are the ethical responsibilities of Judges,Crowns & defence counsel?  Are these being honoured? Dr. Elaine  Craig (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University) takes on these questions and more in her new book (MQUP 2018), based on close readings of trial transcripts. Join us to launch this important attempt to create a different conversation about  sexual assault, trials, rights, professional responsibility for lawyers, and the things we can do better. RSVP WWW.OSGOODE.YORKU.CA/RESEARCH/RSVP Osgoode Hall Law School, York University Osgoode Institute of Feminist Legal Studies

Book Launch:
Glad Day Books 499 Church Street
Friday February 9th 530-730 PM

PUTTING TRIALS ON TRIAL: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession.
Dr. Elaine  Craig (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University) takes on these questions and more in her new book, based on close readings of trial transcripts. Join us to launch this important attempt to create a different conversation about  sexual assault, trials, rights, professional responsibility for lawyers, and the things we can do better.

RSVP WWW.OSGOODE.YORKU.CA/RESEARCH/RSVP

Save the Date Feb 9th, 2018 in Toronto: Book Launch for Prof. Elaine Craig’s Putting Trials on Trial

Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession by Dal Prof Elaine Craig is coming out this Winter.

IFLS will host a book launch in Toronto with Prof. Craig on Friday Feb 9th.  Click here to put your name on our list for more information about this launch.

Cover of book with save the date, Feb 9 Toronto Book Launch.

November 15 Daniela Kraiem, American University Washington College of Law “She Persisted: Lawyering on the Front Lines of Feminism”

DANIELA KRAIEM is the Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence at American University Washington College of Law. Daniela collaborates with the students, faculty and staff to integrate gender into all aspects of legal education.

When she is not teaching courses in gender and domestic policy, gender and international and comparative law and advanced legal writing, she coordinates grant-funded projects that connect the WCL community with the legal needs and concerns of women and LGBTI persons.

ALL WELCOME REFRESHMENTS SERVED PLEASE RSVP

www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp

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