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This Friday: Emma Cunliffe at SLST Series: Women and Wrongful Convictions: Learning from 'difference'

The Socio-Legal Studies 2013-2014 Speaker Series 

Friday, November 22, 2013  2:30 – 4:00pm

Ross South 701 

Dr. Emma Cunliffe

Faculty of Law University of British Columbia

Women and Wrongful Convictions:  Learning from Difference

E. Cunliffe

Dr. Emma Cunliffe is an Associate Professor in the UBC Faculty of Law.  Dr. Cunliffe’s research focuses on medical, scientific and behavioural evidence in criminal trials; and more generally considers the interplay between expert knowledges, common sense and legal reasoning. She is the author of Murder, Medicine and Motherhood (Hart Publishing, 2011) which examines the case of Kathleen Folbigg, a mother who was convicted of murdering her children based on misleading medical evidence. Her book demonstrates how legal process, medical knowledge and expectations of motherhood work together when a mother is charged with killing infants who have died in mysterious circumstances. With funding from SSHRC, she is working with Professor Christine Boyle on a project examining child homicide cases in Canada. Dr Cunliffe is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Evidence & Proof.  At UBC, she teaches criminal law, evidence and a graduate seminar in research methodologies and has won the Killam Award for Teaching Excellence and the George Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching.

 Co-Sponsored by: Criminology and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies



Wednesday March 6th at Osgoode, tell us why you're celebrating IWD + listen to Chantelle Bowers on Women & Law + tea & career talk

women and the law poster3

In the morning of Wed. 6 March, in the Atrium space of the law school, IFLS, Women’s Caucus and International Legal Partnership will be taking pictures of you as you tell us and the world why you are going to celebrate international women’s day. Join us!.


“Women and the Law” – A Special Event to mark International Women’s Day
Chantelle Bowers, Executive Director and General Counsel, Judicial and Registry Services.  
presented by  The Centre for Refugee Studies and CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre and co-sponsors The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies (Osgoode Hall Law School) and McLaughlin College.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 1:30 – 2:30pm LOCATION: 1014 Osgoode Hall Law School (ADR Room), York University (

The presentation will focus on the importance of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Chairperson Gender Guidelines (“Women Refugee Claimants Fearing Gender-related persecution”), as truly path breaking and among the first in the world to consider gender-related persecution as a form of persecution that can be assessed by the Refugee Division panel hearing the claim.
This seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Students are also invited to join in a tea with Ms. Bowers, an  opportunity to meet with Ms Bowers and discuss both career and substantive issues.  This tea will be held in the 3-4 in the  IFLS suite (3rd floor, just to the left as you exit faculty wing elevators).  RSVP’s required for this tea, to LGonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca Invitation to tea with Chantelle Bowers as described in post text.

About Chantelle Bowers:

Ms. Bowers is a highly regarded senior lawyer, with 16 years post call to the Bar, in a variety of progressively more responsible positions within the federal public service. Ms. Bowers has a legal background in international criminal law, as well as a specialization in many aspects of administrative law within the Federal Courts and such quasi-judicial tribunals as the Immigration and Refugee Board. Ms. Bowers also has significant experience in the management of financial, human and material resources at a senior executive level in her current role as Executive Director and General Counsel of Judicial and Registry Services of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada.  She has also acquired an expertise in both legal and management matters in her capacity as Senior Legal Counsel for the Federal Court of Appeal; as the Registrar for the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada; and on occasion, acting for the Deputy Chief Administrator for Judicial Services of the Courts Administration Service (the “CAS”).  In her capacity as Executive Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as for the Chief Justice of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada for the past ten years, Ms. Bowers has gained extensive experience in dealing with complex legal and policy matters, and in providing legal opinions and strategic advice on sensitive issues to Chief Justices, other judges, and senior management within the “CAS”.  In her role as Secretary to the Federal Courts Rules Committee over that same period of time, Ms. Bowers has gained both extensive knowledge and experience in the application of the Federal Courts Rules as well as with the rules regarding the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, and other relevant legislation before the Federal Courts. Ms. Bowers is also the Media and Public Relations Officer for the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, and is a valued representative of the Federal Courts.

Ngaire Naffine: The Legal Person after the Sexual Revolution September 24, 1230 IKB 2027

the legal person after the sexual revolution Sept 24 1230Professor Ngaire Naffine: The Legal Person after the Sexual Revolution:  Criminal Law, the Church and the Family.

September 24, 1230 IKB 2027 [Lunch, so Kindly RSVP at http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp. Enter Event Code: LRST3]

IFLS is co sponsoring with Osgoode’s Colloquium on Law, Religion and Social Thought, convened by Prof Ben Berger. See what are contenders for tweediest tweets ever @blberger, and see his recent oped Stop Vilifying Roma Refugees with another colleague Sean Rehaag here.

Here is the poster in PDF.
Criminal Law, the Family and the Church have worked together as a mutually reinforcing economy, keeping the married woman in her place. All three institutions have prescribed rules for intimate married life, conferring authority on the husband, never the wife. But times are changing. The traditional marital rights of men have been formally curtailed, husbands can be charged with the rape of their wives and the married woman now has at least formal powers to refuse sexual access. The family has loosened its form and the power of the Church over intimate sexual matters has diminished. This paper considers the effects of this modernisaton of the lives of married women and men on the character of the criminal legal person. Are they his undoing?
Ngaire Naffine is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Adelaide. An innovative contributor to
debates in jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, criminology, criminal law, and medical law, Professor Naffine is
the author of Law’s Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion, Darwin and the Legal Person