Feminist Friday – Prof. Jamie Liew answers our questions!

Happy Feminist Friday! Here on the site, we will be featuring a variety of feminist academics we admire by asking what they are working on, what they are reading, and more.

First up is Prof. Jamie Liew, an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and an immigration and refugee lawyer called to the Law Society of Ontario. She has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as the Standing Committees in Parliament and the Senate. Jamie is the co-author of the book, “Immigration Law” (with Donald Galloway) published by Irwin Law. Her research focuses on how immigration, refugee and citizenship law marginalizes migrants, often turning to critical legal, race and feminist theories. More recently she is interested in policy efforts to eliminate statelessness.

The qualities I admire most in a law professor are…their commitment to teaching, their ability to draw students into a topic and make it not only interesting but understandable, and how some are able to infuse practical and real-world scenarios and skills with critical thinking.

The trait I deplore in a law professor is…sometimes forgetting the privilege we have in educating new generations of lawyers and our impact on law schools, the law profession and universities.

The best time of day for writing is…in the morning.

My feminist heroes are…my mother, every migrant mother making decisions in the best interests of their children which sometimes means being separated from them.

Right now I am working on…a project that hopes to illuminate how the law creates statelessness and discuss potential ways in eliminating statelessness.

Right now I am reading/just finished reading… The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw and the Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

And I wish I were reading… Please Look After Mother by Shin Kyung Sook; Let it Rain Coffee by Angie Cruz; Fledgling by Octavia Butler; and For Today, I am a Boy by Kim Fu….plus many more. I have a long list!

I would recommend that all IFLS readers read…Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay.

A song I love that I’m listening to a lot these days is… Mars by Gustav Holst because my young son is obsessed with it and the solar system. I’m not sure if it is something that should be played more….

If I wasn’t a law professor, I would be spend my time…blogging, writing fiction, running for political office, going to Myanmar to work on refugee and statelessness issues, learning the violin, learning my mother tongue…many more things….

Thank you Prof. Liew!

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