Current Visitors to the IFLS

Interested in visiting Toronto, Osgoode and the IFLS?  Click here for more information on Osgoode’s visitors program.

If you would like to pay us a visit, please follow the general Osgoode requirements here  and indicate an interest in the IFLS.  If you just want to discuss possibilities, send an email to Sonia Lawrence, the IFLS director.

You can reach them via email c/o Lielle Gonsalves,

Pricture of Genevieve PainterGenevieve R. Painter is a doctoral candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Drawing on archival research, interviews, and participant observation, her doctoral project investigates the indigenous-settler colonial relationship, gender equality, and the meanings of sovereignty and self-governance in domestic and international law. She has worked as an advocate, manager, and researcher for several human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, WOMANKIND Worldwide, and the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court. Genevieve is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at McGill University and a member of the Quebec Bar.

You can find her article, “Thinking Past Rights: Towards Feminist Theories of Reparations”  (2012). 30 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice open access at








Preet in London 2012

Preet Kaur Virdi’s research concerns the socio-legal status of non-Western women in Western legal jurisdictions. She has an interest in non-Western conceptions of ethics, feminist legal studies, as well as socio-legal theories such as legal consciousness and legal pluralism. Preet is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Law at SOAS in London, United Kingdom. Her doctoral dissertation concerns the South Asian conception of honour, izzat, in marriage and dissolution practices amongst Sikhs in Ontario, Canada.  Through an examination of strategies employed to diminish the shaming effect of marital breakdown, Preet’s thesis exposes the intrinsic link between ethics and law in super-diverse and transnational societies.

Prior to joining SOAS, Preet completed her Master’s degree in Socio-Legal Studies from York University in 2010. Her master’s research project entailed primary research with immigrant Sikh women about access to justice in Ontario. She published her results in the Journal of South Asian Diaspora in 2012. She was the UK research assistant to the project ‘Jewish and Muslim Divorce in English Courts’ at University of Ottawa in 2011, and in 2012, Preet was research assistant for the UK country team for RELIGARE ‘Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe: Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy’ at Queen Mary, University of London.

Preet is in Room 3067K at extension 33804 for her stay.