Past Visitors to the IFLS

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IFLS Visitors


Genevieve Painter is a doctoral candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is here this week only, to pursue some archival research and talk with members of the IFLS, Osgoode and York communities about mutual research interests.
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,


Asad Kiyani visited the IFLS in the summer of 2014.  He is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the development of modern international criminal law, and the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court. He is specifically interested in the intersection between international law and criminal law, and the justification of punishment in the international context. For example, what institutions have the moral standing to assign criminal responsibility for serious international crimes? Are our modes of prosecuting international criminals either principled or sustainable fashion? There are important reasons for considering why we punish in international law, and how doing so affects the direction and development of the international system.  Asad received his LL.B from Osgoode Hall (York University), and his LL.M from the University of Cambridge. He has assisted on national security cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and the UK Court of Appeal, immigration cases before the UK House of Lords, and war crimes matters before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. in 2006 – 2007, he worked with the Ethiopian Bar Association on professional regulation matters and establishing a legal aid system, and he has been a Barrister & Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2006.Asad has worked for numerous legal aid clinics in Toronto (Parkdale Community Legal Services, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, and CLASP), as well as for the Canadian Department of Justice. He was also a Pegasus Scholar with the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London, England. He currently holds a SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Salman Ylook Rana is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (’05) and a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. His work explores the intersection of musical youth subcultures, law and normativity in both state and non-state/unofficial contexts. He currently lectures on youth cultures and the sociology of law at UOIT, where he has also lectured classes on law and social change and legal research methodology. His broader legal research interests intersect with his interests in undergraduate legal education, critical legal pluralism, social theory, subcultures, childhood, poverty, critical race theory, ethnomusicology, Islam and international human rights.
Before graduate work, Salman articled with the Ministry of The Attorney General’s Office of The Children’s Lawyer (Ontario) and as a field researcher in Kampala with the Ugandan Law Society. He is an active member of Toronto’s Hip Hop community and is a founding member of the artist collective, The Circle, along with artists Kardinal Offishall and Saukrates, et al.

Preet Virdi visited the IFLS in 2013-14.  Her 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.

Fall 2012

Professor Emily Grabham joined the University of Kent in 2004 as a Research Fellow in the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender & Sexuality, having previously worked as an employment and
human rights lawyer in London. Her primary research areas are labour and equality law, feminist legal theory, and law and time. She is co-editor of Intersectionality & Beyond: Law,
Power & The Politics of Location (Routledge-Cavendish 2008). Emily is visiting Osgoode’s IFLS until December 2012. She has an office on the second floor.

Professor Erika Rackley (Summer 2012) Erika Rackley is a professor in law at Durham University (UK) with particular expertise in judicial diversity and appointments. She joined the Law School in April 2006, having previously taught at the Universities of Leicester and Kent. She is co-convenor and co-founder of Gender & Law at Durham (GLAD), a research group based in the Law School which acts as a focus for gender-related research and teaching.  Erika has written widely on judicial diversity, particularly in relation to the representation of women and the importance of difference-based arguments in the context of judicial diversity. Her pioneering work on the jurisprudence of Baroness Hale has been extracted and reproduced in key reference and student texts. Her monograph, Women, Judging and the Judiciary, argues that the key reason for judicial diversity is that the introduction of a wider variety of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences into the judiciary will inform and lead to better judgments and judging. Erika regularly comments in the media on matters relating to judicial diversity, most recently in relation to the appointments to the UK Supreme Court.   In addition to her sole-authored research, Erika is also involved in collaborations with other scholars in the fields of judicial diversity, through her involvement as a member of the executive committee of the Equal Justices Initiative and as co-organiser of the Feminist Judgments Project. The ESRC-funded Feminist Judgments Project involved a large number of academics, activists and members of the legal profession and judiciary putting ‘theory into practice’ by writing the ‘missing’ feminist judgments in key cases. The judgments, published in Feminist Judgments: from theory to practice, powerfully demonstrate how cases could and should have been decided differently.

Karen Pearlston (UNB)



Professor Chao-Ju Chen, National Taiwan University College of Law  November 29 to December 3, 2011 Osgoode Office 3033

Professor Chen (Michigan LL.M., 2000; S.J.D., 2003) researches legal history and feminist theory, suggesting ways that historical investigation can improve feminist legal theories, as well as ways that feminist legal theories can contribute to historical research. Her recent publications include: “Marriage as Heterosexual Patriarchy and Privilege” in Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies (2010), “Gendered Borders – The Historical Formation of Women’s Nationality under Law in Taiwan” in Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (2009).


Professor Priya Gupta, Jindal Global Law School (India)  November 22 to December 9, 2011 Osgoode Office 2019 x 44599

Prof. Priya S. Gupta is Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director of the Centre for Women, Law, and Social Change at JGLS. As Assistant Director of the Centre for Women, Law, and Social Change, she is focused on institution building of the Centre and the JGLS Women’s Law Society, as well as furthering her research interests in Economic, Cultural, and Social Rights for women. Some of her work is available on SSRN here.


Sarah Keenan, Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes

Visited July 11-22, 2011.  Seminar July 19th, 1230, Room TBA.

Sarah completed a BA (International Relations)/LLB with first class honours at the Australian National University in 2003. She has clerked for Justice Margaret Wilson of the Supreme Court of Queensland, practiced as a solicitor and been part of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program in Beijing, China. Before coming to Brookes Sarah was a teaching assistant at the University of Kent and part of the Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality.

Sarah’s research interests are centred around the main areas of critical legal theory, property, post-colonial jurisprudence and feminist jurisprudence. She is currently exploring each of these areas in her PhD thesis on law’s role in the production of spaces of belonging. Drawing in particular on critical theories from geography, Sarah explores the co-constitutive relationship between law and space, asking what insights can be gained by using a spatial framework to approach socio-legal questions generally understood through the framework of identity politics.  Coming from a background as a community lawyer and activist, Sarah is interested in using critical theories to explore law in its many and varied forms and to question how law relates to other forms of governance.

Sarah sits on the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies and the Committee for the Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network.  She currently teaches Contract and Equity.   (Source: Oxford Brookes University website).   You can find her papers linked from her profile here.

The IFLS was  pleased to welcome two labour law experts to Osgoode in winter/spring 2011.


Ana Gomes BA (Fortaleza, Brazil), JD (Fortaleza, Brazil), LLM (Toronto), PhD (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

TEL 2053 Ext 40882 (Teaching Comparative Law: International and Comparative Labour Law: Thursdays)

Ana Virginia Gomes is Professor of International Labor Law in the Master in Law Program at the Santos Catholic University, in Santos, Brazil. Her research focuses on international labour law. More specifically, she is interested in the guarantee of labor standards and the labor dimension of economic integration. Her recent published works include papers on trade union formation in Brazil, the linkage between labour and international trade, regulatory challenges in domestic work.

Elizabeth Shilton, B.A., M.A. (U. of T.), LLB (Dal.), LLM (Harv.)

Ross N830, Ex 22887 (Teaching Collective Bargaining: Mondays and Wednesdays)

Elizabeth Shilton practiced labour law for 25 years with the firm of Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntrye & Cornish, of which she was a founding partner. She was one of the first practitioners certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Labour Law.  Her litigation practice ranged from appearances before a wide variety of labour, employment and human rights tribunals to appearances before the Ontario courts and the Supreme Court of Canada in leading cases involving labour/employment, human rights and the Charter. Elizabeth has taught courses at the University of Toronto, McMaster University and York University. She is co-author of Education Labour and Employment Law in Ontario, published by Canada Law Book, and Redefining Retirement, published by Second Story Press. Elizabeth is currently an SJD candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where her doctoral research focuses on the law of occupational pensions and its intersection with labour/employment law.  She also sits as a member of the Ontario Financial Services Tribunal.


Professor Becky Batagol, Monash (Australia)

Professor Karen Pearlston, University of New Brunswick

Professor Brenda Cossman, University of Toronto

Professor Fiona Kay, Queen’s

Professor Bita Amani, Queen’s


Professor Carol Smart, University of Manchester

Professor Ann Bartow, University of Southern California

Professor Anne Bloom, Univeristy of the Pacific

Professor Daphne Taras, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary


Professor Rebecca Johnson, University of Victoria

Professor Melanie Randall, University of Western Ontario

Professor Cheryl Wade, St. John’s School of Law

Professor Rosanna Langer, Laurentian


Dr. Hilary Somerlad, Leeds Metropolitan University

Professor Nicola Lacey, London School of Economics