Excited to hear Navi Pillay on April 7th at Osgoode. She is delivering the 2016 N. Sivalingam Memorial Lecture in Tamil Studies at York University (proudly co-sponsored by, inter alia, the IFLS). More of her work?
Renu Mandhane, the Ontario Human Rights Commissioner, will be doing the introduction to the lecture – please join us!
Accountability and Justice for International Crimes: Challenges and Achievements, with Navi Pillay
April 7, 2016 – 5pm-8pm Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
Navi Pillay, a South African of Tamil origin, is a world renowned international jurist. She defended anti-Apartheid activists and helped expose the use of torture and poor conditions of political detainees. In 1973, she won the right for political prisoners on Robben Island, including Nelson Mandela, to have access to lawyers. Navi Pillay was the first non-white female judge of the High Court of South Africa, after being appointed to the bench by President Nelson Mandela in 1995. She has also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Navi Pillay served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. She is currently serving as the Chief Commissioner of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty.
A reception beginning at 5pm will be followed by the Lecture at 6pm. All are welcome.
This event is generously co-sponsored by the Nathanson Center, Osgoode Hall Law School, the York Centre for Asian Research and Amnesty International with support from the Graduate program in Socio-Legal Studies, and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall School.
Storify just collects tweets, so you can use it to tell a story about an event or issue. Here’s one I put together after attending this event, (you can see the event announcement here).
It was great. Congratulations to the organizers on a really well put together public event. I met some really great women, learned a lot, had feelings and thoughts at the same time (!), wallowed in being one of the oldest people in the room. Sometimes folks ask me, what’s up with the younger feminists, what are they reading, what are they doing, what are they thinking? Here’s one piece of the answer. Been to any really great events related to feminism and law lately? Want to post about them, even after the fact? About the experience of being there? Let me know.
This event has been fully booked for a while. It’s tomorrow at Osgoode, organized by a dynamic group of women and a great collection of organizations (see below for a complete list). IFLS is pleased to be a sponsor of this event and once the post-event report is finished, we’ll hope to have it available on this blog.
Reclaiming Our Narratives: Conversations on Gender and Racial Profiling in Toronto
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 9:30AM to 6:30PM
We all seem to be talking about racial profiling – from lawyers to police officers; from the media to politicians; from people who are profiled every day to those who have never been subject to the experience. But what aren’t we talking about when we talk about racial profiling?
Join us on November 28, 2015, as we discuss the many ways gender impacts racial profiling. We will highlight the often silenced stories of women, girls and trans people, and their experiences with racial profiling — whether at the border or in jails, whether it’s the direct experience of being profiled or the indirect experience of parents and supporters of those who are profiled.
10:00am: Keynote 11:00am: Police brutality and incarceration 12:00pm: Border policing 1:00pm: Lunch & free clothing bank provided by Windfall Clothing 2:00pm: Racial profiling and reproductive justice 3:00pm: Youth experiences 4:00pm: Closing plenary: remedies and resistance
We know these conversations can be traumatizing for people who are forced to live with the experience of being profiled. We will strive to create a safe and accessible space for speakers, facilitators, and attendees by providing the following services throughout the conference:
active listeners and/or counsellors; ASL language interpretation; child-minding; Halal food options; gender-neutral washrooms; room accessibility for mobility devices and tokens for transportation support. A final report detailing the conference will be produced and distributed. We will also explore other ways to share the event’s key insights.
This event is the collective effort of a number of people and organizations, including
Across Boundaries (rep: Idil Abdillahi); Andrea Anderson, PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; Anti-Black Racism Network (rep: Idil Abdillahi); Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law (rep: Fathima Cader); Harmony Movement (rep: Brittany Andrew-Amofah); METRAC (rep: Jessica Mustachi); Network to Eliminate Police Violence (rep: Kimalee Phillip)
“Endangering Life: The Raced Politics of Gender in an Australian Case of the Criminalization of Exposure to HIV”
introduced by Professor David Murray
Wednesday, October 8, 3-5pm, 280N York Lanes
Please RSVP to this event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This paper tells a story of the criminalisation of exposure to HIV in recent times in Australia. It concerns John Chan, an Australian citizen of Sudanese background living in Adelaide, South Australia. Mr Chan came to Australia as a refugee in 1999. In 2004 he was diagnosed with HIV and, after first coming to the attention of the South Australian Health Department authorities, in 2009 he was arrested on a charge of ‘Endangering Life’ for having unprotected (consensual) sex with three women and thus exposing them to the virus. In mid 2011 he was sentenced to five and a half years in gaol. The paper uses John Chan’s story as a case study through which to analyse some aspects of contemporary gender relations in Australia. Its focus is on the position of white women in a cultural and political environment characterised by both conservative and neo-liberal discourses of gender and sexuality.
Barbara Baird is an Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Flinders University in South Australia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Feminist Research at York. Her research focuses on histories and cultural politics of sexuality and reproduction in contemporary Australia, with particular attention to their shaping by discourses of race and national identity. She is particularly interested in the politics of abortion and is currently embarking on a cultural history of the provision of abortion services in Australia since 1990. She is also part of a collaborative project to historicise sexual citizenship in Australia. Her work is widely published in journals of history and gender and sexuality studies.
Very interesting, go and have a look at the review – and the article (Kelly A. Behre, Digging Beneath the Equality Language: The Influence of the Fathers’ Rights Movement on Intimate Partner Violence Public Policy Debates and Family Law Reform, 21 Wm. & Mary J.Women & L. (forthcoming 2014), available at SSRN.).
While discussions, critiques, and analysis of the equality rhetoric of the international fathers’ rights movements are not novel, Kelly Behre’s article, Digging Beneath the Equality Language: The Influence of the Fathers’ Rights Movement on Intimate Partner Violence Public Policy Debates and Family Law Reform, does – – – as the title promises – – – “dig beneath.” The article’s first section is an excellent overview of the equality narratives of the fathers’ rights movement, including the appeal to civil rights movements and the use of both discrimination and gender-neutral tropes. But the real contribution of Behre’s article is her exploration of the relationship between empiricism and equality. [from Ruthann Robson’s explanation of why she likes the article – lots]