[Call for Papers] Indigenous-African relations across the Americas

This conference is happening at York in 2011, the Centre for Feminist Research is involved and the main organizer is York Indigenous Studies Professor Bonita Lawrence.

Our Legacy: Indigenous-African Relations Across the Americas
April 29, 30 and May 1, 2011  York University, Toronto, Canada

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Rose Tinted World: intlawgrrls international law blog

http://intlawgrrls.blogspot.com is a great group blog.  The list of contributors is incredibly long, and the list of topics is almost as broad.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in international law, but also for people interested in issues that have an international dimension – which means almost everything.  Many Canadians contribute to this blog, including Valerie Oosterveld of Western, Doris Buss of Carlton and others, so you will find Canadian content if that’s what you’re looking for.

A good place to keep up with Omar Khadr, international human rights, migration issues, security issues, and much more.  It’s also, as you can see, very…..pink!   Thanks to my colleague Aaron Dhir for reminding me about this one.

[intlawgrrls] challenges us to ask how women’s voices fit into the international legal dialogue, but through a form that allows us to be playful, expressive, and irreverent. (from a contributor to intlawgrrls)

Documenting the Race and Gender Pay Gap in the Ontario Legal Profession

This Law Society of Upper Canada report is based on the 2006 Census, including the 6400 lawyers who filled out the Long Form Census. Click here for the full report..  Ornstein (based at York University’s Institute for Social Research) documents the gender gap in earnings and the “much larger” difference between the earnings of racialized lawyers and White lawyers.  And apparently the gender gap in earnings isn’t decreasing anymore. There’s much more in the report.   Continue reading Documenting the Race and Gender Pay Gap in the Ontario Legal Profession

Camille A. Nelson named Dean of Suffolk Law School in the U.S.

Well, this is good news on a number of fronts!  Committed, dynamic, brilliant, and a woman of colour who identifies as Canadian, among other things (click for a link to one of her articles which contains a very thoughtful discussion of multiple identities), Camille has a degree from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Ottawa U.  She clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, and, after getting an LLM from Columbia, she’s done interesting and important work on race, gender and beyond.  Have a look at her 2010 publication in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law on disability (mental health), policing and race.  Her contributions go way beyond her scholarship, though, as her many awards and honours suggest (see link below or click on picture to learn more about her).

She’s the first woman and first person of colour to be Dean at Suffolk.  I met Camille when i was just out of law school and she was at Columbia doing her LLM.  She was so impressive then. It seems she’s gotten only more so in the interim.  Have you read Racism Eh? It came out in 2004.  Maybe it’s new to you, though! Check it out. Click through to the publisher’s site for ordering.

And of course, Camille joins Dalhousie’s new Schulich School of Law Dean, Kim Brooks, creating an east coast mini hotspot in the reinvention of Dean-ing.   More on Camille’s appointment here: Suffolk Law News.

– sonia

New in Print: Constructing Crime (Mosher and Brockman, eds)

Constructing Crime is the last publication of the Law Commission of Canada, defunded in 2006.  The five papers come out of the What is a Crime series, and were commissioned in order to investigate how society reacts to unwanted behaviours and consider the consequences of choosing particular methods to control behaviours.   Most of the articles don’t use gender as an organizing idea, although it does feature in a few of them.

The authors in this book look at a variety of areas of social life, including gambling, fraud by health professionals, social assistance, regulation of public housing in Montreal, and the criminalization of a variety of Aboriginal harvesting practices.

It might be particularly interesting to provide parts of Mosher and Brockman’s opening essay to a first year criminal law class, before or while they are being buried in the language and rationale of criminal regulation.

Click here to order the book from UBC Press.