Faculty appointments at Dalhousie (Schulich) School of Law

Four pieces of exciting news from Dalhousie Schulich, including at least three feminist scholars – more on these great people throughout the summer, for those who don’t already know them.  Did your faculty hire new people that IFLS should know? Please drop me a note.

MACBAIN CHAIR IN HEALTH LAW & POLICY:  Joanna Erdman will join us in July as the first MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy. Joanna, currently a Resident Fellow of the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School, is an exceptional scholar in health law and policy – particularly in the areas of sexual and reproductive health law. She earned a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School and a JD from the University of Toronto. Joanna has published extensively in leading international journals and has presented widely on topics such as harm reduction in safe abortion, the regulation of emergency contraception, and HPV vaccines policy. As the MacBain Chair, she will be teaching public law and health law.


Dr Elaine Craig, Assistant Professor, has been a faculty colleague at the Schulich School of Law since 2007. Elaine is a distinguished legal scholar, receiving the Dalhousie Doctoral Thesis Award for the Humanities for her JSD thesis in 2011 and a prestigious Trudeau Scholarship in 2007. She holds a Masters in Law from Yale and an LLB from the Schulich School of Law (where she was the Gold Medalist in 2004). An award-winning teacher, Elaine received the 2010-11 Dalhousie Law Students’ Society and Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2007 Dalhousie Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Law. Her research interests include constitutional and evidence law, queer and feminist legal theory, and the conceptualization of sexuality across legal contexts, particularly in areas of public law. Elaine will be teaching constitutional law and torts.

Jon Penney is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and a Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs (U of T). A Dalhousie grad, he studied at Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar and at Oxford as a Mackenzie King Scholar, where he was associate editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal. As a Google Policy Fellow in 2011, he helped lead the OpenNet Initiative’s Transparency Project, a collaboration between the Citizen Lab and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Jon taught as a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University (New Zealand) and was a lawyer with the federal Department of Justice. His research interests include constitutional/human rights law, intellectual property, and digital media law & policy. We look forward to having Jon join us in August.



Claire Mummé is our inaugural Schulich Visiting Scholar, and a doctoral candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Toronto, an LLB from Osgoode Hall, and an LLM from New York University School of Law. Claire is a CGS Fellow of the Social Science Research Council of Canada, and a 2010-11 McMurtry Fellow of the Osgoode Legal History Society. Her primary research and teaching interest is in the law of the labour market, with a specific focus on labour, employment and human rights law. Her current research focuses on the overlap, interaction and disjuncture between the different legal regimes that regulate and organize the waged-work relationship in the Anglo-American world. In addition to her research, Claire will be teaching torts. We will welcome Claire to Halifax later this summer.


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