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

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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 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.

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