The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies was established at Osgoode in the early 1990s to foster scholarship in feminism and law at Osgoode.
The Institute aims to create a “community of interest” for feminist faculty and students at the law school.
We focus on a range of teaching and research activities, including
- Visitorshipswhich enhance the work of Osgoode faculty and graduate students.
- A regular seminar series, “Feminist Fridays,” during the academic year;
- Special events and lectures concerned with feminism and law,
- Events and Lectures co sponsored with other Osgoode organizations, like Osgoode’s Hennick Centre for Business and Law, IPOsgoode, and Osgoode’s Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.
- The bi-annual Barbara Betcherman Distinguished Visitorship, including a public lecture for the Osgoode and York broader communities;
- Support for JD students involved in Women’s Caucus;
- Efforts to create a supportive environment for graduate students, including connections with graduate scholarships for feminist and gender research, and opportunities to present work-in-progress;
- Fostering links to: the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law / Revue Femmes et Droit; the GenderJustice Collaborative Research Group; and other feminist and gender research centres in Canada and internationally.
The work of the Institute is supported by an endowment fund at Osgoode.
The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies is governed by the Members of IFLS, a group that is constituted annually at the beginning of each academic year. Members include Faculty and Graduate Student Members at Osgoode Hall Law School. The Members of the IFLS participate in an Annual Meeting in March/April in each year to receive a report from the Director and to discuss plans for the next academic year. In addition, Members are encouraged at any time to provide comments, suggestions and ideas with respect to activities and visions for the IFLS.
The Institute sponsors Visitors for short stays, during which Visitors are expected to participate in seminars and lectures, and to liaise with faculty and graduate students in relation to ongoing research activities.