Happy Feminist Friday with Régine Tremblay!

Today’s Feminist Friday features the amazing Régine Tremblay!

Régine Tremblay is Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law (UBC). She holds degrees in civil law and common law (BCL, LLB, McGill University, 2009), an LLM (University of Toronto, 2010), and recently defended her doctoral thesis (SJD, University of Toronto). Before beginning her SJD, she was Assistant Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and a Lecturer in Canadian Family Law (2011-2013) (McGill University, Faculty of Law). She is a practising member of the Quebec Bar (2011) and is trained as a family mediator (Basic training, 2016). Her doctoral research has been funded by a SSHRC – Doctoral Awards (2014-2018), the Macdonald Travelling Scholarship (2013-2014) (Shared), the Edwin Botsford Busteed Scholarship (2009 and 2013-2014), and a fellowship from the University of Toronto. She won prizes and awards throughout her studies, including the Nouveaux Chercheurs – Chaire Jean-Louis Baudouin en droit civil (2015).

Régine’s research interests include family law, family property law, family mediation, private law, comparative law and critical theories (feminism and queer theories). Her research has been published in English and French, in Canada and in the United Kingdom, including in the Canadian Journal of Family Law and in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law. She is the co-author of the Dictionnaire de droit privé: Les familles – Private Law Dictionary of the Family, 2nd edition (2016), a contributor to the McGill Companion to Law and the co-editor of Les intraduisibles en droit civil (2014)Her research has been cited in various articles, in a report submitted in 2015 to the Quebec Minister of Justice on the reform of family law in Quebec, and by the Conseil du Statut de la Femme. You can find some of her publications here: http://ssrn.com/author=1422200.

The qualities I admire most in a law professor are… I admire engaging, dynamic, open, accessible, humble and smart law professors.

The best time of day for writing is…Very early in the morning, when my brain is fresh.

My feminist heroes are…That’s a tough one…what makes a heroine a heroine? Bertha Wilson, Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, Brenda Cossman, Susan Boyd, Lori Chambers, Simone De Beauvoir, Thérèse Casgrain, Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, and I could go on and on and on…

Right now I am working on…I am working on a few things, it is an exciting time. I am writing about the limits of filiation in Quebec as exposed by surrogacy, access to justice in BC and law reform, relationships of economic and emotional interdependency in civil law, and the gendered narratives surrounding gametes in law.

Right now I am reading… My dissertation, because I am preparing my defense… but I am also reading Pamela Palmater, Beyond Blood. Rethinking Indigenous Identity, and Boyd and al., Autonomous Motherhood? A Socio-Legal Study of Choice and Constraint. On the non-legal front, I am reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova and Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes. If I could, I would just read all day.  

And I wish I were reading… Constance Backhouse, Claire L’Heureux-Dubé: A Life.

I would recommend that all IFLS readers read… I think I would say The Second Sex.

A song I love that doesn’t get enough airplay is… I am an old soul when it comes to music and I am definitely out of the loop… Anything by Eurythmics or Annie Lennox.

If I wasn’t a law professor, I would be spend my time… Being a law professor is the best, but I can think of a few things… maybe forensic anthropology or history, training to be an Olympian, plumbing, fiction writing, opening a microbrewery in Charlevoix… oh and I’d love to learn fly-fishing. 

The biggest difference between Montreal and Vancouver is… There are many differences between Montreal and Vancouver… mentioning only one is hard. The real estate market and the weather are obvious picks (and the time devoted to talking about real estate and weather), the demography, the linguistic profile of the population, the landscapes… and how slowly Vancouverites cross the streets! Vancouver and Montreal are also similar in many ways, they are both progressive, multicultural, beautiful, open, fantastic cities to live in.

Thank you Prof. Tremblay! And if you ever open a microbrewery in Charlevoix, we will be there!

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