IFLS Graduate Student Visitors: Preet Virdi & Salman Rana

Osgoode IFLS is currently hosting two visiting graduate scholars, Preet Virdi and Salman Rana.  Both have offices in the IFLS Nathanson Suite (third floor faculty wing).  You can reach them c/o Lielle Gonsalves, LGonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca

The Institute is delighted to welcome Visitors to the law school.  Visitors are usually at Osgoode for 2-5 days, although longer and shorter visits can be negotiated with the IFLS Director.  To contact the IFLS about a possible visit, please email the Institute’s Administrative Assistant, Lielle Gonsalves at lgonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca.  More information about Osgoode’s visitor programs (and link to application form) here.  For information about the Barbara Betcherman Distinguished Visitorship, please click here.  Osgoode’s Visitors program is generally described here.  Osgoode Hall Law School’s main page is here.  York University’s main page is here.  Come yourself or tell your interesting feminist friends to come and visit.

Preet in London 2012Preet Kaur Virdi’s research concerns the socio-legal status of non-Western women in Western legal jurisdictions. She has an interest in non-Western conceptions of ethics, feminist legal studies, as well as socio-legal theories such as legal consciousness and legal pluralism. Preet is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Law at SOAS in London, United Kingdom. Her doctoral dissertation concerns the South Asian conception of honour, izzat, in marriage and dissolution practices amongst Sikhs in Ontario, Canada.  Through an examination of strategies employed to diminish the shaming effect of marital breakdown, Preet’s thesis exposes the intrinsic link between ethics and law in super-diverse and transnational societies.


Prior to joining SOAS, Preet completed her Master’s degree in Socio-Legal Studies from York University in 2010. Her master’s research project entailed primary research with immigrant Sikh women about access to justice in Ontario. She published her results in the Journal of South Asian Diaspora in 2012. She was the UK research assistant to the project ‘Jewish and Muslim Divorce in English Courts’ at University of Ottawa in 2011, and in 2012, Preet was research assistant for the UK country team for RELIGARE ‘Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe: Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy’ at Queen Mary, University of London.




Salman Ylook Rana is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (’05) and a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. His work explores the intersection of musical youth subcultures, law and normativity in both state and non-state/unofficial contexts. He currently lectures on youth cultures and the sociology of law at UOIT, where he has also lectured classes on law and social change and legal research methodology. His broader legal research interests intersect with his interests in undergraduate legal education, critical legal pluralism, social theory, subcultures, childhood, poverty, critical race theory, ethnomusicology, Islam and international human rights.

Before graduate work, Salman articled with the Ministry of The Attorney General’s Office of The Children’s Lawyer (Ontario) and as a field researcher in Kampala with the Ugandan Law Society. He is an active member of Toronto’s Hip Hop community and is a founding member of the artist collective, The Circle, along with artists Kardinal Offishall and Saukrates, et al.

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