Tag Archives: equality

Women Workers: Is Equality Enough? Judy Fudge in feminists@law

Former Osgoode professor, now Landsdowne Chair in Law at UVic Law and presently a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Kent Law, Judy Fudge recently gave an open lecture as part of her visit.  Feminists@law has the text in their most recent (open access!) issue, here.  Judy has an important body of work mainly in the area of employment and labour law.  See her faculty bio here.

The article delivers an interesting and important message about changing times and goals, arguing that equality as “equality between the genders” is inadequate in the context of an increasingly fragmented labour market.  Etc!  Enjoy:

Women’s claims to equality in employment have become more nuanced and complex as the contours of the gender order have been redrawn to reflect the growing diversity between women and a deterioration in what has been the normative or standard employment relationship for men. Using Canada and the United Kingdom to illustrate the changes in the labour market and gender order, the lecture calls into question the potential of equality norms, however expansive, to solve the problems women workers face in the wake of global austerity.

via Women Workers: Is Equality Enough? | Fudge | feminists@law.

Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (MTCSALC) is turning 25!

Championing Equality – Progress or Peril?

Celebrating 25 Years of the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Date: October 15, 2012

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Donald Lamont Learning Centre) 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Reception – Convocation Hall)

Place: The Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen St. West, Toronto (Enter at eastside doors facing Toronto City Hall.)

The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (MTCSALC) is turning 25! To mark this special occasion and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, MTCSALC will be hosting a conference to examine the past, present and future role of the Charter in advancing equality in Canada.


The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, former Chief Justice and Attorney General of Ontario

Susan Eng, Vice President for Advocacy, CARP

David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

Grace Edward Galabuzi, Associate Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

May Lui, Executive Director, Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter

Moderator: Carol Goar, Toronto Star Editorial Columnist


The conference will be followed by a reception at Convocation Hall with remarks from: The Honourable John Gerretsen, Attorney General of Ontario, Thomas G. Conway, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Gary Yee, Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal and Ivana Petricone, Treasurer of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario.

This program is offered FREE OF CHARGE. Registration is required to attend.

Register by October 12, 2012 by sending an email to equityevents@lsuc.on.ca

Register by phone: 416-947-3413 or 1-800-668-7380, ext 3413

Members of the legal profession and the public are invited to attend and celebrate this special occasion.

PDF to print or share here.

Where i wish i was this weekend: At an uncomfortable conversation in Atlanta

picture of emory law school at night.It isn’t that I don’t have interesting and fun things on here in Toronto, but check out the lineup at An Uncomfortable Conversation: Vulnerabilities and Identities.

The workshop is on Friday and Saturday in Atlanta at Emory and is part of the ongoing good work of Martha Fineman’s Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, which we’ve posted about a couple of time before (click here for older posts).  This one looks particularly top notch and exciting (osgoode’s Atlanta secret agent, Stu Marvel used the term of art “doozy”).  If you can’t imagine how a conference of legal academics could be so exciting, well…click through the image below for a bigger version, and have a look at the agenda.

The starting point to all the conversations is Fineman’s vulnerability approach, which you can read about in this open source, on SSRN, which provides a good introduction:

or you can take a shortcut by looking at this page on the Initiative’s website, Definitions.  The Initiative also maintains a publications list, here, and they have this great archive of interviews with all their visiting scholars, here. The website really is a treasure trove of stuff with lots of neat corners and great links – and it will spark ideas on how to provide a really useful web resource.    I am going to spend time in there, since I am not going to Atlanta. I know that those two things are not remotely similar but I will take what I can get. poster for the "uncomfortable conversation" listing speakers and topics. click through to the emory website.





The Uniform Sister-wife Act: Ensuring A Fair Share of the “Marital Pie ” – Jotwell: Family Law

Camille Gear Rich reviews Adrienne D. Davis’ new article from the Columbia Law Review.

The Uniform Sister-wife Act: Ensuring A Fair Share of the “Marital Pie ” – Jotwell: Family Law.

Adrienne Davis’s recent article, Regulating Polygamy: Intimacy, Default Rules and Bargaining for Equality, is a must read for family law scholars, marriage equality scholars, as well as anyone interested in understanding the limits of contemporary analogies made between gay marriage and polygamy.

Well, that list definitely includes me.

Leckey likes Monk (lots!) at jotwell equality: The Problem of (condemning) Homophobic Bullying

Even as we celebrate the news that the UN Sec’y General has said that homophobic bullying is a grave human rights violation,

It affects young people all the way through to adulthood, causing enormous and unnecessary suffering. Bullied children may become depressed and drop out of school. Some are even driven to suicide.

can i urge you all to take a look at Robert Leckey’s review of  Daniel Monk (Birkbeck), Challenging Homophobic Bullying in Schools: The Politics of Progress, 7 (2) Int’l J. L. Context 181 (2011at Jotwell Equality?  And then of course, read the original article here (not available free of charge as far as I can tell, curses! *tangent: see Danah Boyd’s excellent and important ‘rant’ on academic publishing here)?  Leckey writes approvingly (inter alia) of Monk’s “counterintuitive” argument that:

the problematization of homophobic bullying has ushered in a shift by which the negative characteristics once associated with homosexuality are now associated with the victims of bullying. “Development into successful normal adulthood is not ‘arrested’ by paternal or maternal attachment, but rather by homophobia itself. In other words, the development question now is not, ‘What makes someone homosexual?’, but instead ‘What makes someone behave in a way that fails to conform to heteronormative behaviour’.” The queer youth remains “a reassuringly distinct and tragic ‘other’ from that of the heterosexual.” Now the developmental cause is not homosexuality, but bullying. The upshot? Queer youth still need help.