Posts Tagged ‘feminist legal studies’

Great news– our next roundtable is right around the corner!

It’s happening one week from today– Wednesday, November 2nd — from 12-1pm in room 309. We are delighted to have as our featured guest speaker our very own Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Jennifer Schulz. It’s tentatively titled: “A Feminist Approach to Torts Law”. Dr. Schulz’s roundtable last year was super interesting and interactive, and also standing room only– so be sure to come out and be sure to come early!

Dr. Schulz has kindly passed along a short reading for anyone who would like a little primer for her presentation. It’s called “Spaces and Challenges: Feminism in Legal Academia” by Susan B. Boyd (UBC Law) and you can find it here.

(Anyone having trouble with the PDF– seems that one minute it works and the next it doesn’t– , please shoot us an email at flf.robsonhall@gmail.com and we will most happily hook you up!)

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Attention aspiring feminist legal academics: here’s an incredible oppotunity to share your brilliant ideas!

Thanks to Professor Vivian Hilder for sharing this with us!


Call for papers —
Women, the Charter, and CEDAW in the 21st Century:
Taking Stock and Moving Forward
March 2-4, 2012, Kingston Ont.

This symposium invites lawyers, academics in law and other disciplines, policy analysts, community activists, and students to submit proposals for panel discussions and papers that assess the state of women’s equality in Canada and other jurisdictions at the national, regional, and international levels. The goal of this symposium is to identify emerging priorities and examine strategies most likely to promote substantive sex equality in the rapidly changing social, political, and economic circumstances of today.

Proposals and papers are sought on these issues, and any others added by participants —

        * Women in paid work: barriers, rewards, and challenges
        * Violence against women, disappearing women, and government responses
        * Indigenous women’s issues: economic, social, and political
        * Arctic and northern women: geography, culture, and equality
        * Immigration and refugee law, public safety deportations, and federal policy
        * Disabled women’s rights
        * Education and sex/gender: for whom does education pay, and how much?
        * Racialization and gender in legal policy
        * Religion, feminism, and human rights
        * Women in corrections systems
        * Maternal mortality, health care, and reproductive rights
        * Women and economic crisis: gender and recessions, unequal safety nets, social costs
        * Pay equity, equal pay, and equality: how are women faring?
        * Gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting, and fiscal equality
        * International relations, militarism, and democracy
        * Lesbian, bisexual, and trans women – rights and responsibilities
        * Women in sports: funding, safety, competition constraints, and ‘legacy’ planning
        * Prostitution, Bedford, and beyond
        * Sex/gender and economic security, subsistence, property, and wealth

Call for papers:
Submissions grounded in public policy, domestic or international law, sociology, economics, health/medicine, history, foreign affairs, women’s/gender studies, Aboriginal studies, development, gender/sexualities, accounting, environmental, human rights, or political studies are sought.

Date and location:
The symposium will be held at Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ont. on
Friday March 2 through early afternoon Sunday March 4, 2012.

Submitting paper topics:
If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel on specific issues, please email your proposal and a short (one paragraph) description to Bita Amani at amanib@queensu.ca or Kathleen Lahey at kal2@queensu.ca.  This can be sent any time until Nov. 15, 2011. Participation will be confirmed by Nov. 25, 2011.

Travel funding:
When submitting paper or panel proposals, please indicate whether you would be able to obtain institutional support to attend, or whether you could attend only if you receive funding from Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s.

Attendance without presenting a paper is welcome, as the goal is to discuss a wide variety of equality issues. Contact the organizers to indicate interest and obtain registration information. Special funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario, which is funding this symposium, has been provided to assist students to attend.

Accommodation and child care:
Information on accommodation will be provided on request. Anyone wanting child care should mention that from the outset so appropriate arrangements can be made.

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The FLF is thrilled to announce that our first Feminist Fridays roundtable discussion of the 2010/2011 academic year will be led by Prof. Debra Parkes. The roundtable is titled Feminism and Law: Why and How? It will be held on Tuesday, September 28th from 12 -1 in room 309.

This promises to be a fascinating introductory roundtable, well suited for those who identify as feminists or have studied in the areas of feminism or gender before, as well as those who wish to learn a bit more about feminism. In particular, this roundtable will discuss the interaction between feminism and law – a great start for a group named Feminist Legal Forum!

If you’re looking to mull some questions over before the roundtable, Professor Parkes has provided us with a short book chapter that will be of some help.  “Feminist Legal Studies: a Primer” by Brettel Dawson offers some thought provoking content that will get you thinking about things to discuss or questions to bring up at the roundtable. Find it here: Feminist Legal Primer

The roundtable is a great opportunity to discuss and debate, as well as to interact with fellow students and Faculty members.

More on Prof. Debra Parkes, our discussion facilitator:

Professor Debra Parkes teaches and researches in a variety of areas related to constitutional and human rights law, criminal law, employment and labour law, and penal law and policy. Her scholarly work examines the various ways that rights claims are framed, adjudicated, and reviewed by administrative authorities and courts, as well as the public support (or, in some cases, lack of it) for those rights claims.

Professor Parkes is one of Canada’s leading experts on prisoners’ rights and she currently holds a multi-year grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to investigate prisoner complaint systems in Canada and internationally. She is also collaborating with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities on a Community-University Research Alliance grant from the SSHRC, examining legal mechanisms for the enforcement of the human rights of people with disabilities.

Professor Parkes is a member of the Manitoba Bar and a past member of the Ontario Bar. She currently serves as President of the Canadian Law & Society Association, a national association of scholars from many disciplines who are interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. During her term as President of the Manitoba Elizabeth Fry Society, Professor Parkes led that organization’s advocacy for women’s equality rights through a Human Rights complaint and mediation. In recognition of her human rights work, Professor Parkes has received the University of Manitoba Outreach Award (2005) and the Manitoba Bar Association Equality Rights Award (2008). She was also nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2008.

See you at the roundtable! Bring your lunch and your hunger for discussion!

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Apologies for the link overload (there’s real, great content coming very soon!) but I discovered this via the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies website.


This is an awesome project that will interest anyone who follows equality issues, enjoys Charter law or simply likes the idea of playing Chief Justice for a day.

I’ll let the Women’s Court describe itself:

“The Women’s Court of Canada is an innovative project bringing together academics, activists, and litigators in order literally to rewrite the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms equality jurisprudence. Taking inspiration from Oscar Wilde, who once said “the only duty we owe to history is to rewrite it”, the Women’s Court operates as a virtual court, and ‘reconsiders’ leading equality decisions. The Women’s Court renders alternative decisions as a means of articulating fresh conceptions of substantive equality.

The first 6 decisions of the Women’s Court were published in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law: (2006) 18 C.J.W.L. 27.”

A good way to get your daily dose of substantive equality (especially if you’re not getting it elsewhere!)

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The great new site for the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall just launched yesterday:


The IFLS explains:

“This blog was launched in August 2010 as part of the IFLS’s effort to fulfill our mandate of “building a community of interest” amongst feminist legal scholars at Osgoode and beyond.  Our aim isn’t to provide a venue for original scholarship.

The blog aims at that mental space in which connections are made, between people and between ideas – the space where idea generation happens.

Reading this blog could help you find out about things that you’re interested in, like interesting scholars, interesting scholarship, interesting events.  Our posts are mainly suggestions about things that our members have found interesting, thought provoking, or important.  We hope that they stimulate your thinking and your research.”

The blog is already full of interesting posts on wide-ranging topics. Head on over and get your thoughts provoked!

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