Statement on Racist Incidents at UOttawa / Déclaration sur des Instances de Racisme à uOttawa

The UOAWL is deeply troubled by incidents of racism at our university. Creating safe spaces for learning does not threaten our academic freedom. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and with all students taking a stand against racism. L’AFDUO est profondément troublée par les incidents de racisme dans notre université. La création d’espacesContinue reading “Statement on Racist Incidents at UOttawa / Déclaration sur des Instances de Racisme à uOttawa”

Statement of Solidarity

We are deeply saddened and angered by the ongoing violence, racism and police brutality faced by our Black brothers and sisters. The recent killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade, and the brutality faced by Jacob Blake and countless others highlights the continued injustices faced by Black people. It is an indication ofContinue reading “Statement of Solidarity”

Professor of the Month: Vanessa Gruben

Each month, we feature a professor from the Faculty who supports and contributes to feminist legal thought. Vanessa Gruben Associate Professor Interviewed by: Maja Petrovic MP: Tell us where you started. What was your first job? VG: My first law job? MP: Any job! VG: I went to law school here and I worked atContinue reading “Professor of the Month: Vanessa Gruben”

Professor of the Month: Heather McLeod-Kilmurray

Each month, we feature a professor from the Faculty who supports and contributes to feminist legal thought. Heather McLeod-Kilmurray Associate Professor Interviewed by: Bianca Salive BS: Tell us where you started? What was your first job? HMK: My very first job ever actually happened to be law related, even before I had ever thought ofContinue reading “Professor of the Month: Heather McLeod-Kilmurray”

Professor of the Month: Emilie Taman

Each month, we feature a professor from the Faculty who supports and contributes to feminist legal thought. Emilie Taman Professor Interviewed by: Kate Cornish KC: What was your very first job? ET: As a lawyer? KC: Any first job! ET: I worked at summer camp forever and ever and ever. I was one of thoseContinue reading “Professor of the Month: Emilie Taman”

Professor of the Month: Rosemary Cairns Way

Each month, we feature a professor from the Faculty who supports and contributes to feminist legal thought. Rosemary Cairns Way Full Professor Interviewed by: Bianca Salive BS: Tell us where you started – what was your path to law? RCW: I started out having no real interest in, or awareness of the law; my undergraduateContinue reading “Professor of the Month: Rosemary Cairns Way”

Canada is Failing Indigenous Women

Paula Ethans JD Candidate, 2018 The scale and severity of the persecution faced by Indigenous women in Canada is a human rights crisis. The impact of residential schools, the “Sixties Scoop,” and the Indian Act, as well as discriminatory child welfare policies continue to subject Indigenous women to cultural dislocation, and family breakdown.[1] But particularly troublingContinue reading “Canada is Failing Indigenous Women”

The Dead Hand of Coverture: Property, Gender, and Autonomy in Modern Society

Vanessa Carment JD Candidate, 2019 Coverture is an historical common law doctrine restricting female property rights.[1] Though coverture laws were repealed in the 20th century, their patriarchal and oppressive influence persists. Coverture is entrenched in two arguments that belittle female autonomy. The first is that female biology makes women “unfit for tasks of public importance,”Continue reading “The Dead Hand of Coverture: Property, Gender, and Autonomy in Modern Society”

Professor of the Month: Jane Bailey

Each month, we feature a professor from the Faculty who supports and contributes to feminist legal thought. Jane Bailey Full Professor Interviewed by: Ida Mahmoudi IM: What was your first job ever? JB: My first job ever?! My first job ever…my parents loved to renovate houses and they employed me in the summer to paint.Continue reading “Professor of the Month: Jane Bailey”

The Complications of Consent in Pre-Existing Relationships

Laura Thistle JD Candidate, 2020     Sexual assault cases cause controversy and tension for the Canadian justice system. The common argument is that the system does not provide justice for victims of sexual assault. The real challenge lies in understanding the circumstances surrounding the crime of sexual assault – namely, how often the crime is committedContinue reading “The Complications of Consent in Pre-Existing Relationships”