Solidarity with the Tsilhqot'in Nation as they bring a key Aboriginal title case to the Supreme Court of Canada

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A delegation of Tsilhqot'in elders and leaders is currently on its way to Ottawa from their territory in south central BC. They are taking this long journey to be present for a hearing in the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday Nov. 7th. This will be the culmination of two decades of direct action and legal battles to gain recognition from Canada of their title to their land.

 The Tsilhqot’in Nation will call on the Court to continue on the path that it has charted, to end the long era of denial and discrimination that has shadowed the nation’s past, and to provide long-overdue recognition of Aboriginal title on the ground, as the starting point for true and lasting reconciliation. (See this link for more on the case:

 Follow the delegation's progress on Facebook:


 Morning Ceremony and Drumming at the Supreme Court, Nov 7th 8:30am

Supreme Court of Canada, 301 Wellington

 Join the Tsilhqot'in delegation as they head into the Supreme Court for the hearing of their landmark title case.
Let's send them into the court with plenty of good energy and best wishes for a successful day.

Solidarity Rally For the Tsilhqot'in Nation at the Supreme Court, Nov 7th 12:30pm

Supreme Court of Canada, 301 Wellington

 It's a grueling day so let's give the delegation and legal team a strong show of support and fill them with good positive energy for a successful outcome.

Members of the delegation and legal team will be available to make statements for the media.

Contact, Ramsey Hart - MiningWatch Canada, 613-569-3439

 Solidarity Supper with the Tsilhqotin, Nov 7th 5:30pm
St. Andrew's Church, 82 Kent at Wellington

 Join us for a pot luck feast and to learn about the Supreme Court case and the ongoing battle to protect the heart of the Tsilhqot'in territory from an open pit gold and copper mine.

Please bring a dish to share, donations of food also welcome.
Facebook event page:

Contact, Ramsey Hart - MiningWatch Canada, 613-298-4745

  Roundtable: Turning Point for Indigenous Land, Nov 8th 10:00am

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 229 Montreal Road

 Legal experts involved in the landmark Tsilhqot'in Title Case at the Supreme Court discuss its significance and implications.

Facebook event page:

Contact, Craig Benjamin - Amnesty International,

TWU Debate on CBC Radio

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Have you heard the October 9th debate on CBC's Q with Jian Ghomeshi: Should a law school have sway over student sex lives

The debate features constitutional law lawyer Clayton Ruby and Don Hutchinson, legal counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, discussing the ongoing controversy over Trinity Western University's proposal to found a new law school.  Mr. Ruby helpfully highlights some of the many equality-based arguments against the TWU proposal.

Listen here!

CBC's The National profiles national conversation on assisted suicide

Monday, October 28, 2013

Via @cbcnews, CBC's The National will be airing the first in a four-part series on assisted suicide tonight. More information about the series is available here, including a trailer.

Retired SCC Justice Major wades in on assisted suicide debate

The CBC has posted an article in which retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Jack Major provides his views on the assisted suicide debate. Very interesting comments, especially since (as the article points out) Justice Major formed part of the majority that upheld the provisions against constitutional challenge in Rodriguez.

New NFB film "Not Criminally Responsible" available online

Friday, October 25, 2013

A much anticipated National Film Board film, called "Not Criminally Responsible," is now available online. Check out the movie here. An interesting Toronto Star article on the movie is available here. The NFB provides this synopsis of the movie:

While gripped by psychosis, a troubled young man stabs a complete stranger six times in a crowded shopping mall. The young man is declared not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder and confined to a forensic mental health institution. Directed by four-time Emmy® Award winner John Kastner, NCR: Not Criminally Responsible offers a timely and provocative examination of violence and mental illness.

From the Toronto Star: "Rape culture: What do Steubenville, Rehtaeh Parsons and frosh chants have in common?"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This article in today's Toronto Star continues the public discussion of "rape culture"in Canada and includes comments by Professors Lise Gotell, Elaine Craig, and the University of Ottawa's Blair Crew.

via @lktrack

Prof Backhouse receives Governor General's Award in commemoration of the Persons Case

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

U Ottawa Professor Constance Backhouse has been named the recipient of the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. This prestigious award celebrates Prof Backhouse's outstanding contributions to the quality of life for women in Canada.  Amazing!

Canadian Journal of Women and the Law issues call for papers

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Canadian Journal of Women and the Law has issued the following call for papers:

The Canadian Journal of Women and the Law invites the submission of articles for publication in Volume 26(2) in the Fall of 2014. The CJWL is Canada's oldest feminist legal periodical. Since it began in 1985, the Journal has provided a forum in which writers from diverse backgrounds, speaking from a wide range of experience, can exchange ideas and information about legal issues that affect women.
We invite submissions from people who are engaged in feminist analysis of socio-legal issues that reflect a range of approaches, including multidisciplinary, action-focused, theoretical, and historical, and that reflect linguistic and regional differences in Canada. We particularly encourage submissions authored by women from different backgrounds and disciplines who are doing new feminist work.

While submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, the submissions deadline for Volume 26(2) is December 31, 2013. Submissions should conform to the Style Guide available on our website: The text should not exceed 35 pages (10,000 words), double-spaced, including notes and appendices, and should include an abstract.

Please send submissions in a Word document (not PDF) to

For further information please contact:
Rosemary Cairns Way
English Language Co-Editor
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Common Law
Fauteux Hall
57 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Annie Rochette
Corédactrice francophone
Revue Femmes et droit
Département des sciences juridiques
Université du Québec à Montréal

The right to strike, take II

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (in its own right and on behalf of the unions and workers in the Province of Saskatchewan) et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen, in Right of the Province of Saskatchewan, an important Charter case dealing with the right to strike. For more information on the case, see Professor David Doorey's blog here, here and here.

Preliminary recommendations by James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (video)

After spending a week in Canada meeting with Indigenous communities and government officials, James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, has offered these preliminary recommendations. A final report will follow.

Protest details: against Trinity Western's proposed law school accreditation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013                                                                                              For immediate release

Protest the accreditation of Trinity Western University's law school
Thursday October 17th at noon
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West

(Toronto)   The Federation of Law Societies is on the verge of approving a law school that bans gay students -- unless we stop them!

Trinity Western University won’t accept gay and lesbian students. It threatens to expel students caught in "same-sex intimacy", even if they are married to each other, because this offends its interpretation of the Bible. But it can't succeed with its anti-gay law school if the Federation of Law Societies doesn't give approval.

LGBTQ lawyers, law students and allies will meet on the lawn of Osgoode Hall (130 Queen St West) at noon on October 17 to express our opposition to accreditation. We ask everyone — especially those involved in the legal profession — to come out, regardless of their sexuality.

Make no mistake about it; TWU’s proposed law school will discriminate against queer persons by imposing a queer quota. There are already not enough law school places for the students who want to become lawyers. And by letting Trinity Western create a school that bars gay students from attending, the Federation of Law Societies would create a quota system: fewer law school places would be available to LGBTQ students than to straight students. The quota system was wrong when it applied to Jews and to blacks and it has no place in Canadian society today.  This is a backwards; a step in the wrong direction.

Stand up and stand against a queer quota.

Media contact:
Angela Chaisson
Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan
11 Prince Arthur Avenue

Toronto GLBTQ lawyers, activists, law students and allies to protest Trinity Western's bid for a law school.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

 On Oct. 17th, 2013 the Federation of Law Societies will decide whether or not to grant Trinity Western University's request to break ground on a law school. Trinity Western requires all members of their academic community including faculty and students, to agree to refrain from certain forms of GLBTQ intimacy.

Members of the GLBTQ communities and their allies in Toronto will march to encourage the Federation to deny Trinity's request for a law school.

Time, place etc. can be found here.

Research & Writing for Equality*

Monday, October 14, 2013

* The Latest & Greatest from SSRN


 Amar Khoday and Anjana Srinivasan have posted an article, forthcoming in the McGill Journal of Law and Health, entitled "Reclaiming the Public Space: Breastfeeding Rights, Protection, and Social Attitudes." Here is the abstract:

Breastfeeding is a normal physiological process. Despite the literature that indicates the importance of breastfeeding in terms of maternal and infant health, there is still opposition to women breastfeeding in public spaces. This manifests itself in private commercial establishments preventing mothers from breastfeeding or ordering them to stop. Mothers are thereby discouraged from feeding in public or in private spaces open to the public (quasi-public spaces). In this article, the authors advocate for stronger legal protections for mothers who seek to breastfeed in public or quasi-public spaces. While breastfeeding in such spaces is implicitly protected under human rights law, this in itself does not send a strong enough message. Accordingly governments should amend human rights legislation to explicitly recognize the right to breastfeed in public and quasi-public spaces. Furthermore, the authors contend that governments should make it an offence to prohibit or prevent women from breastfeeding in public or quasi-public spaces. Punishment for breach of the offence could result in a substantial fine. Importantly, it would place the onus of the litigation on the Crown and relieve mothers who are already burdened from having to litigate the matter. It would also demonstrate the State’s interest in assisting those who may be more vulnerable.

Full article available here.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, et al. v. Mohamed Harkat, et al.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Harkat case case was heard at the Supreme Court of Canada earlier this week. This is an important case implicating national security legislation and practice, as well as the controversial practice of a secret hearing of the Supreme Court.

Here and here you will find a useful summary of the legal issues in the case.

Here you will find a link describing protest against the practice of secret hearings.

You'll find commentary on the case here  and here.

British Columbia Court of Appeal releases important decision on assisted suicide

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Today the British Columbia Court of Appeal released its reasons for decision in Carter v Canada (Attorney General). Here is a link to the decision, via @TondaMacC.

The Non-Business Case for Diversity in the Legal Profession?

Great new Pro Say Blog post by Michelle Silverthorn, asking important and challenging questions about the importance of developing a non-business case for diversity.  Silverthorn explains the challenge like this:

You’re the hiring partner at a law firm.  The managing partner shows you the numbers.  He explains that diversity initiatives have led to more money going out than coming in and have not led to an increase in clients.  He’s run studies, surveyed the partners, and has concluded that there will not be any PR, recruiting, or business problem if the firm stops funding diversity initiatives entirely.  You’re on the hot seat.  What’s your non-business case for diversity?

Read Silverthorn's blog here, and then consider this 2011 report by the US Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP), "The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?" and this 2009 study by the Law Society of British Columbia, "The Business Case for Retaining and Advancing Women Lawyers in Private Practice."

University of Ottawa Faculty of Law hosts Human Rights Film Festival 2013, October 24-26

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

From the folks at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law's Human Rights and Research Education Centre (HRREC):
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
The Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the Canadian Film Institute invite you to the
1st University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival 2013
24 OCT – 26 OCT 2013 Alumni Auditorium
85 University, uOttawa
Jock Turcot University Centre
Presented by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute, this inaugural edition of the University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival tackles, in both fiction and documentary films, the most compelling human rights concerns of our times. The films selected explore everything from gender to globalization, from political repression to Aboriginal rights. This remarkable collection of five films will not only open your eyes, but also open wide-ranging discussions and debates about human rights issues that concern us all.
In addition to the screenings, the Festival will feature guest filmmakers and speakers.
The 1st Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival will present four Ottawa premieres, including the latest (and award-winning at TIFF 2013) film by legendary aboriginal filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, HI-HO MISTAHEY! It will also present films from Afghanistan, India, the U.S.A., and Italy, plus a very special anniversary screening of Costa-Gavras’s searing drama about the 1973 military coup in Chile, MISSING, starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Joyce Horman of the Charles Horman Truth Foundation will introduce the film at the opening gala evening.
Alumni Auditorium, University of Ottawa
Jock Turcot University Centre
85 University Priv.
$10.00: General Public
$5.00: Students, CFI Members
Festival Pass (all 5 films):
$40.00: General Public
$20.00: Students, CFI Members
The Cinema box office opens a half hour before screening time. Tickets and festival passes can only be purchased at the box office. Cash only.


Costa-Gavras • United States of America • 1982 • 122 min • English, with French sub-titles
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30 pm, Alumni Auditorium, uOttawa

Hi-Ho Mistahey!
Alanis Obomsawin • Canada • 2013 • 100 min • In English (sub-titles TBA)
Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:00 pm, Alumni Auditorium, uOttawa

Mohammed to Maya
Jeff Roy • United States of America • 2011 • 75 min • In English (sub-titles TBA)
Friday, October 25, 2013, 9:30 pm, Alumni Auditorium, uOttawa

Wajma: An Afghan Love Story
Barmak Akram • Afghanistan, France • 2013 • 85 min • Persian, with English sub-titles (sub-titles TBA)
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 7:00 pm, Alumni Auditorium, uOttawa
dimmi che destino avrò (My Destiny)
Peter Marcias • Italy • 2012 • 80 min • Italian, with sub-titles in English and French
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:00 pm, Alumni Auditorium, uOttawa

Wearing a Niqab to Give Testimony in the UK

Via the Fem-Prof Listserv....

Have you read the recent UK decision about the right of a defendant to testify in a criminal trial while wearing a niqab?

According to Carolyn Evans, blogging on the Oxford Human Rights Hub, here, the judge's decision is an "excellent, nuanced starting point" for addressing the issue in a human rights framework, and the analysis is similar to the compromise position reached by the Supreme Court of Canada in R v NS, 202 SCC 72 (recall the important commentary on NS by Professor Natasha Bakht on B4E).

Professors Sheehy and Crew in the Globe & Mail

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Professors Elizabeth Sheehy and Blair Crew are quoted in Kirk Makin's revealing report on the failures of Canadian sexual assault laws, published in the Globe & Mail on Saturday, October 5th.

See the full article online and then check out today's commentary by Professor Brenda Cossman: "The law alone can't change rape culture" (via @kylekirkup).

Violence sexuelle comme arme de guerre en République Démocratique du Congo

Check out University of Ottawa civil law student Ornella-Wendy Dzomo's new piece on the Canadian Civil Liberties Association RightsWatch blog: Violence sexuelle comme arme de guerre en République Démocratique du Congo. 

Canadian GLBTQ advocate recognised

King's College London has published this profile of  Prof. Robert Wintermute, advocate for GLBTQ rights. Prof. Wintermute is a Canadian scholar working abroad who has played a key role in developing anti-discrimination law in the European Union and other jurisdictions.

RED: “Respect, Equality and Dignity” Human Rights Art Exhibit and Conference

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law is hosting a Human Rights Art Exhibit and Conference on October 23, 2013. The poster can be found here. The key details are as follows:

A panel discussion will be held from 11:30am-1:00pm in FTX 351: "Art and Law Experts will Examine Labels and Judgments."

From 1:00-3:00pm, there will be an exhibit opening reception and performance in FTX 550.

Admission is free and lunch will be served!

Transforming Sentencing? Gender Identity, Prisons, and Canadian Criminal Law

Transforming Sentencing?
Gender Identity, Prisons, and Canadian Criminal Law


By: Kyle Kirkup, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

 In Canada, sentencing is an individualized process. To determine what a fit sentence looks like in a particular case, judges are, among other things, tasked with weighing aggravating and mitigating factors and considering both objective and subjective factors related to the offender’s profile.

 Should judges in Canada consider an offender’s transgender status as part of the sentencing inquiry? Moreover, as institutions rigidly segregated on the basis of sex, should judges take notice of the harassment, violence, and sexual assaults that are all too-often experienced by transgender people in Canadian prisons? These questions have yet to be explored by legal academics in Canada.

 In the groundbreaking August 2013 decision of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in R v MacDonald, however, the answer to both questions appears to be yes.

 In the decision, Justice Nick Scaravelli weighed traditional principles of sentencing — namely, denunciation and general deterrence — against the “offender’s unique personal circumstances” as a transgender man (para 15). He further noted that he was “cognizant of the possibility that the offender’s transgender identity could result in personal difficulties if placed in a correctional facility” (para 16).

 As I will explain, the decision in MacDonald is a victory, albeit a partial one, in improving the lived realities of transgender Canadians.  But more work — both inside and outside the criminal justice system — is required to secure a more equal future for members of transgender communities.

 In February 2013, the police executed a search warrant at the residence occupied by Josiah Dean MacDonald, a 25 year-old transgender man, where they seized 46 cannabis plants. MacDonald did not own the residence — he was looking after the plants in exchange for money from the owner. When confronted by the police, he immediately gave them the name of the owner of the operation, who was later charged with several drug-related offences (para 8).

 MacDonald was found guilty of producing marijuana contrary to section 7 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Due to legislative amendments that came into force in November 2012, the offence now carries with it the maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment. While the Crown in the case recommended a 30-day custodial sentence, the “unique circumstances of this case” led Justice Scaravelli to sentence MacDonald to a fine of $1,000 and 12 months probation (para 6).

As part of his analysis, Justice Scaravelli considered the underlying factors that led MacDonald to commit the offence in this first place — MacDonald had been diagnosed with Chron’s disease and was using the marijuana “to help with the painful effects” (para 6). In addition, at the time of the offence, Nova Scotia was one of only a handful of provinces in Canada that refused to fund gender-affirming surgery. MacDonald explained that he intended to use the money raised by looking after the marijuana plants to “assist in payment for surgery for a double mastectomy” (para 7). As Justice Scaravelli noted in the decision, four months after MacDonald’s arrest, the Nova Scotia provincial government agreed to begin funding gender-affirming surgery, implying that MacDonald may not have committed the offence at all had the government started funding the procedure earlier.

 The decision in MacDonald is a victory for transgender Canadians. Justice Scaravelli recognized that, in determining what a fit sentence looks like, an offender’s transgender status constitutes an important factor to consider for at least two reasons.

First, being attentive to an offender’s transgender status as part of the sentencing inquiry may help the judge appreciate the underlying reasons why the individual committed the offence in the first place. There is a considerable body of empirical evidence to suggest that transgender Canadians experience high levels of poverty, harassment, and violence. As Dean Spade notes in Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, such factors increase transgender “participation in criminalized work to survive, which, combined with police profiling, produces high levels of criminalization” (89).

 Second, echoing the analysis offered by Justice Louise Arbour in Commission of Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, the decision is attentive to the ways in which an offender’s sentence will actually be experienced once it moves from the courtroom to the prison. In an administrative system that rigidly segregates individuals on the basis of sex, it seems wholly appropriate to consider how those who are not readily classified will actually experience their custodial sentence. There is strong evidence to suggest that transgender people face “severe harassment, medical neglect, and violence” while in prison (Spade, 89). Many of these stark realities are documented in Kavanagh v Canada, a case where a transgender woman successfully brought a human rights complaint against the Corrections Service of Canada.

 At the same time that we should applaud the decision in MacDonald, however, it is important that we not assume that reforming aspects of the criminal justice system will ever be a panacea for transgender equality. The decision in MacDonald, it seems, does little to address the high levels of poverty, harassment, and violence experienced by transgender Canadians on a daily basis. At best, the decision and others like it may help to reduce some of the harms associated with a system that continues to disproportionately criminalize and incarcerate the most vulnerable members of our communities. While acknowledging some of the underlying forces that brought MacDonald into conflict with the criminal justice system in the first place, the decision simply cannot redress these lived realities in a meaningful way.

This leads me to conclude that more work must be done to secure a more equal future for transgender Canadians. A broader, more far-reaching vision of reform, it seems, can only occur far outside the narrow parameters offered by reforming the Canadian criminal justice system.

Kyle Kirkup is a 2013 Trudeau Foundation Scholar and doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He also holds degrees from Yale Law School (LLM, 2012), the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law (JD, 2009) and the College of the Humanities at Carleton University (BHum, 2006). Kyle served as a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Louise Charron at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2010-11. He writes about criminal law, sentencing, sexuality, and gender identity.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya arrives in Canada

In an article in the Globe and Mail, Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says that "[i]t is time to shine a light into the deepest, darkest corners of First Nations reality and its impact on our people and its impact on the relationship between First Nations and Canadians." See the full article here.

Research & Writing for Equality*

Saturday, October 5, 2013

* The Latest & Greatest from SSRN

Check out University of Ottawa Professor Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter of the Social Rights Advocacy Centre on "Rights-Based Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Canada: The Constitutional Framework", just posted here on SSRN. 


This paper is the second part of a two-part research project that considers what the new paradigm of social rights and the re-unified system of human rights mean for the design and implementation of programs and strategies to address poverty and homelessness in Canada. The paper explores the extent to which a domestic constitutional framework exists for a rights-based approach to housing and anti-poverty strategies in Canada, compatible with, and informed by, the international human rights law and jurisprudence. Particular attention is paid to four Canadian constitutional provisions: the commitment to provide public services of reasonable quality to all Canadians, under section 36 of the Constitution Act, 1982; the right to life, liberty, and security of the person, under section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law, under section 15 of the Charter; and Canadian governments’ obligation, under section 1 of the Charter, to balance and limit rights in a manner that is reasonable and demonstrably justifiable.

Families of Sisters in Spirit Vigil: Friday October 4th

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Third Annual Families of Sisters In Spirit Vigil will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013, beginning at 6pm at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street and ending with a Round Dance and rally on Parliament Hill.

For further information and details please see:

Professor Rosemary Cairns-Way and student Sophie Arsenault speak to Ottawa Morning about diversity and the judicial appointments process

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Via @CBCOttawaCom:

Professor Rosemary Cairns-Way of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and student Sophie Arsenault of the Women's Legal Mentorship Program speak to Ottawa Morning about the role that diversity considerations should play in the judicial appointments process, with a particular emphasis on gender.

Listen here.

Friday October 4th: 3rd Annual Social Justice Soccer Cup

Via @sbouclin

Come out and and cheer on players in the Social Justice Caucus' 3rd Annual Social Justice Cup!  

Friday, October 4th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the University of Ottawa’s Matt Anthony Field/Minto Sports Complex, 801 King Edward Avenue.

The Social Justice Caucus is a joint initiative of Common Law faculty and students aimed at fostering collaboration to enhance social justice programs and activities in the faculty, the legal profession and the broader community.  The Social Justice Soccer Cup is an opportunity for law students, practitioners and professors who share a common interest in social justice to meet in a fun and informal setting.

Matthew Anthony Field/Minto Sports Complex is an accessible facility.

Want to work at a law school with a commitment to social justice? University of Ottawa posts faculty positions

Via @cforcese: 

The Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa invites applications for professorial positions.

The Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa invites applications to fill several tenure-track positions, ordinarily at the level of Assistant Professor. In exceptional circumstances, a more experienced candidate will be considered for a position at a higher level.  (Applicants currently employed in legal education elsewhere are encouraged to contact the Dean directly and in confidence for further information).  Limited term contractual positions may also be available.

Subject to approval by the University, the available positions are expected to be filled in the spring of 2014.  The positions would ordinarily commence July 1, 2014, but requests for a deferred starting date will be entertained on a case-by-case basis.  The following positions are available:
  • French language program: At least one position is available in the French language program.  The successful candidate must be capable of teaching and writing in French.  French Program teaching needs are not restricted to any one subject area but there are currently clear needs in private law.  
  • English language program:  At least one position is available in the English language program.  English program needs are not restricted to any particular subject area, although there are currently clear needs in domestic law.
Candidates should note at the top of their covering letter whether they are applying to the English program or the French program, and submit a separate application to each if applying to both.
Prior to appointment, candidates must hold an undergraduate degree in common law and have completed or be on the verge of completing either an LL.M. degree or doctorate degree in a related discipline. In the case of candidates currently enrolled in an LL.M. or related Master’s degree, the candidate must acquire the degree within 6 months of appointment.  In the case of persons currently enrolled in a doctorate program, the candidate’s supervisor will be expected to verify that there is a reasonable likelihood that the dissertation will be submitted prior to appointment.
Preference will be given to candidates with a superior academic record, an established background in research and publication, and capacity for excellence in teaching and contribution to the academic life and governance of the Faculty.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Equity is a University of Ottawa policy.  The faculty is committed to increasing the participation of persons from equity-seeking groups such as racial, religious and cultural minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT, persons with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged persons. A commitment to social justice informs all aspects of faculty life.

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of three referees who may be contacted by the Faculty, transcripts from all university degree programs and a covering letter indicating a full range of research and teaching interests.  Referees should NOT be asked to submit letters of reference until the candidate is selected for an interview. Writing samples and copies of publications should NOT be submitted unless requested by the committee. 

The covering letter should specify the candidate's level of competence in English and French, and indicate explicitly whether the applicant is capable of teaching in English, French or both. The University of Ottawa is justly proud of its 150-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Second Language Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting. 

Applications will be accepted immediately and continually until the positions are filled or the advertisement is withdrawn. Interviews are expected to begin in October and be completed in January. Due to the number of applications anticipated, it will not be possible to notify candidates about the status of their applications. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please submit all application materials by email OR mail, but not both, to:

 Ms. Dany Chung 
Office of the Dean
Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
University of Ottawa
57 Louis Pasteur
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5 CANADA

Professor Vanessa Gruben presents next Shirley Greenberg Lecture

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The next Greenberg Lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 11:30am-1:00pm. Professor Gruben will present a talk entitled "Women as Patients not Spare Parts: Examining the Relationship between the Physician and Women Egg Donors." 

The talk will take place in FTX 351 at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Lunch will be served.

For more information, see the poster here.
Designed by Rachel Gold.