Feb 11 at Osgoode: Florence Ashley Lunch talk “Torture Isn’t Therapy: Prohibiting Transgender Reparative Therapy”

Lunch talk “Torture Isn’t Therapy: Prohibiting Transgender Reparative Therapy”

Date: 11-Feb-2019
Time: 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Room 3067, Nathanson Centre, Osgoode Hall Law School, Ignat Kaneff Building
Link: RSVP

Florence Ashley is a transfeminine activist based in the unceded Kanien’kehá:ka lands of Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montreal), and LL.M. candidate at McGill University Faculty of Law, specialising in bioethics with a focus on transgender healthcare law. Their thesis bears on the legality of conversion therapy targeting gender identity.

She has a B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University Faculty of Law. She is a recipient of the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Master’s Award and a fellow of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law. She has previously held an O’Brien Fellowship at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and has received the Bourse Dorais-Ryan of the Conseil québécois LGBT. Florence is active in local trans, feminist, and queer communities, most notably as part of the Advisory Board of the Trans Legal Clinic and as a member of the Comité trans of the Conseil québécois LGBT. She was the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s LGBTT Hero Award.

Florence Ashley Poster.pdf

Laura Beth Nielsen at Yorku Law & Society/ Socio-Legal Studies on October 22

Laura Beth Nielsen at Yorku Law & Society/ Socio-Legal Studies on October 22

“Rights, Reinscription and Racial Inequality”  Monday, October 22nd 2:30-4:00pm S 701 Ross  All Welcome

Rights, Reinscription, and Racial Inequality

This presentation examines how law perpetuates inequalities of race, sex, disability, in different ways in different social locations.  I hope to engage you in thinking about the relationship between rights, law, hierarchy, and legal consciousness in my research which is primarily in the US context in order to introduce you to the theoretical concept I am currently developing that I am calling “Relational Rights.”  All of my research centers on one theoretical question:  Under what conditions can law be harnessed for progressive social change. Specifically, how can law be used to remedy inequalities of unearned privilege like race, sex, sexual orientation, ability, and the like? Using a variety of methods in different organizational, institutional, and legal contexts, I use legal consciousness as a theoretical and methodological framework for my questions. The talk will focus on research about street harassment, employment discrimination, and campus sexual assault.

Laura  Beth Nielsen is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation,  Professor of Sociology, & Director of the Center for Legal Studies  at Northwestern University.  She received a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley  in 1999 and her law degree also from Berkeley in 1996. She is the author  or editor of 5 books, including  License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech, published by Princeton University Press in 2004 which studies racist and sexist street speech, targets’ reactions and responses to it, and attitudes about using law to deal with such speech.  Rights on Trial: How Employment Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality (Chicago, 2017) examines  the litigation system of employment civil rights in the United States.   In addition to her scholarly publications in the UCLA Law Review, Law and Society Review, & Law and Social Inquiry, she has participated in Congressional briefings  about federal hate crime legislation and the role of speech in hate  crime. Coverage of her scholarship and her own commentary have appeared  in the New York Times, Time Magazine, the LA Times, FOX News, Morning Edition (NPR), ABC Radio, Al-Jazeera English, the  Huffington Post, USA Today, and the Nation.