The Department of Law and Legal Studies thrives on the discussion and investigation of current events, new policies, and legal matters of all kinds. In addition to our regular lecture series, faculty members organize ad hoc events through the Department. Find out what they’ve been up to:
- November 15 | Graduate Student Workshop with Dr. Alexandra Flynn
How do we take our big-picture idea for our research and distill it down into bite-sized ideas that can form the basis of a publication? In this class, Prof Flynn will take one legal geography idea – ‘To any person walking on a city street, there are few signs that urban spaces have their own unique legal orders’ – and explain how it has translated into multiple papers and a book.
The Department of Law and Legal Studies and the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies are thrilled to welcome Prof. Alex Flynn (UBC – Allard School of Law) for a discussion about two of her recent papers that link critical traditions in legal studies and urban geography. Graduate students from across the university are invited to join us for this session, but space is limited so please fill out the registration form below.
- “Parks as Persons: Legal Innovation or Colonial Appropriation?” (forthcoming in the Fordham Urban Law Journal)
- “A Tale of Two Casinos: Unequal Spaces of Local Governance” (published in the Journal of Law and Social Policy, 2018)
N.B. All participants are asked to commit to reading both articles in advance to ensure an engaged and stimulating conversation.
DATE: Tuesday November 15
TIME: 10am to 11:30am
LOCATION: Loeb Building room D492
*** Please use the following link to RSVP if you plan on attending ***
Dr. Alexandra Flynn is an Associate Professor at University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law. Her teaching and research focus on municipal law and governance, including Indigenous-municipal legal relationships. She is currently working on several projects related to municipal legal obligations related to precariously housed people in Canadian cities. She has a long history of volunteer work in the areas of homelessness and access to justice, is a TEDx speaker, and a frequent media commentator.
- November 16 | Trump Nation: Reflections on the 2016 American Election
A discussion panel featuring:
- Melissa Haussman, Political Science
- Daniel McNeil, History
- Lindsay Rodman, Former Director, U.S. National Security Council
- Steve Saideman, NPSIA
- Rebecca Schein, Human Rights
This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Public Affairs and the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies.
- November 14 | Police and Profiling: ICCJ Colloquium
The Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (ICCJ) invites you to join us for an evening of critical discussion on issues related to racial profiling by police in Canada. This panel event features two speakers: Julian Falconer, a high-profile social justice lawyer, and Monia Mazigh, the National Coordinator at the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG). Moderated by Ottawa-based civil liberties laywer (and instructor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies), Yavar Hameed,
Co-sponsors of the event include: The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG), the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, OPIRG Carklet and the Department of Law and Legal Studies.
- June 14 | LAWS 2105 - 2nd Annual Justice Maker Film Festival
The students of Prof. Melanie Adrian‘s LAWS 2105 – Social Justice and Human Rights course invite you to the worldwide premiere of documentary shorts based on interviews with ‘Justice Makers’, people who are dedicated to promoting and enacting social justice.
- March 24 | Grappling with Ghomeshi: the Day the Verdict Comes Down - a panel discussion
A diverse panel drawn from academic, legal and sexual assault prevention community lead discussions on the Ghomeshi case and the broader national conversation about rape culture, ethical obligations of defense lawyers, the reasonable doubt standard in sexual assault cases, the impunity of powerful men to abuse, sexual assault evidence, complainant credibility, and how trauma affects victims, among many other issues. What does the case and the verdict say about Canada’s social and legal responses to sexual assault? How can we ensure justice for victims, while bearing in mind fairness for accused persons, and the fact that racialized, Indigenous and working class people are disproportionately criminalized and incarcerated?
Prof. Stacy Douglas (Department of Law and Legal Studies) as moderator. Panelists include:
- Prof. Anne London-Weinstein, Faculty of Law (University of Ottawa); Director of the Criminal Lawyers Association; Member of the Women’s Committee, the Litigation Committee and Chairperson of the Membership Committee;
- Prof. Dawn Moore, Department of Law and Legal Studies (Carleton University);
- Prof. Patrizia Gentille, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies – Human Rights, Sexuality Studies (Carleton University);
- Prof. Rebecca Bromwich, Department of Law and Legal Studies (Carleton University);
- Prof. Ummni Khan, Department of Law and Legal Studies (Carleton University); the author of Vicarious Kinks: S/M in the Socio-Legal Imaginary; and
- Prof. Justin Piché, Department of Criminology, (University of Ottawa)
This event took place in association with FPA Research Month.
- January 28 | Book Launch: Looking For Ashley... by Prof. Rebecca Bromwich
Prof. Rebecca Bromwich launches her new book, Looking for Ashley: Re-reading what the Smith case reveals about the governance of girls, mothers and families in Canada at Lago Grill (1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr.). This book performs a critical discourse analysis of figures of Ashley Smith that emerge in her case, looking at those representations as technologies of governance. It argues that the Smith case is read most accurately not as an isolated system failure but an extreme result of routine, everyday brutality, of a society and bureaucracies’ gradual necropolitical successes.
- January 21 | Book Launch: Access to Information and Social Justice by Jamie Brownlee and Kevin Walby
Instructor Jamie Brownlee launches his new book, Access to Information and Social Justice: Critical Research Strategies for Journalists, Scholars, and Activists, co-written by Kevin Walby at Octopus Books (251 Bank St.). This book combines the political and the practical aspects of Access to Information (ATI) research into a single volume in order to help invigorate critical social science, investigative journalism, and activism in Canada. Not only does it expose some of the most important political stories and issues uncovered by ATI researchers in recent years, it also facilitates future investigations by demonstrating, in concrete ways, how any citizen can effectively use ATI requests in their work and in their capacity as socially engaged citizens.
- January 19 | Screening and Discussion - The Hunting Ground
A special screening of The Hunting Ground (2015, dir. Kirby Dick), an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. This screening was followed by a panel of guest speakers and a Q&A/discussion, moderated by Prof. Dawn Moore.
- October 15 | Book Launch: Religious Freedom at Risk by Prof. Melanie Adrian
Prof. Melanie Adrian launches her new book, Religious Freedom at Risk at Octopus Books (251 Bank St.). This book examines matters of religious freedom in Europe, considers the work of the European Court of Human Rights in this area, explores issues of multiculturalism and secularism in France, of women in Islam, and of Muslims in the West.
- June 6 | LAWS 2105 - Justice Maker Film Festival
Students of Prof. Melanie Adrian‘s LAWS 2105A – ‘Social Justice and Human Rights’ class invite the Carleton community to attend this special presentation event. This film festival showcased several 4-6 minute documentary projects created by LAWS 2105 students, examining the life of a “Justice Maker” and their perspectives on justice and human rights.
- January 28 | No Easy Walk to Freedom - Film and Panel Discussion with Filmmaker Nancy Nicol
Filmed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow and rural India, No Easy Walk to Freedom is a 90-minute documentary by Assoc. Prof. Nancy Nicol (York University) that tells the story of the struggle for decriminalization of homosexuality in contemporary India against a backdrop of the growth of queer organizing in India and the historic legal battle to overturn the colonial law.
This film screening was followed by brief responses from speakers Assoc. Prof. Gopika Solanki (Carleton University) and PhD candidate Deborah Nurse (Carleton University), and concluded with comments from the filmmaker, who was in attendance!
- November 13 | Launch Party: Carleton University Journal of Legal Studies
The launch of a non-profit, student-run initiative overseen by the Carleton University Law and Legal Studies Society (CLLSS)!
- June 11 | Book Launch: Vicarious Kinks... by Prof. Ummni Khan
Prof. Ummni Khan launches her new book, Vicarious Kinks: SM in the socio-legal imaginary at Venus Envy (226 Bank St). The book explores the regulation of kinky subjectivity and the boundary between normal and perverse.
- October 23 | Book Launch: Quiet No More... by Joel Harden
Instructor Joel D. Harden launches his new book, Quiet No More: New Political Activism in Canada and Around the Globe at Octopus Books (251 Bank St.).
Quiet No More offers new thinking about how ordinary citizens have started to take back power in our democracy and change the world. It examines the meaning and promise of Idle No More, the Occupy movement, the Quebec student spring and other expressions of new activism sweeping the world.
Visit www.lorimer.ca for book details.
- October 9 | Double-Punishment & Revoked Citizenship: A Discussion with Deepan Budlakoti
Under Canadian immigration law, non-citizens who are convicted of criminal offenses are punished twice: first when they are sentenced for the crime; and a second time by being declared ‘inadmissible’ and deported from Canada. The case of Deepan Budlakoti exposes the injustice of double punishment in an extreme way. Deepan was born in Canada. His entire family lives in Canada. He grew up believing he was a citizen and held a Canadian passport stating he was Canadian. However, an obscure part of Immigration law allowed the Canadian government to contest his citizenship because of his parents’ alleged status at his birth and thus, when he got in trouble with the law, to punish him twice for the same thing. Deepan is now facing deportation to India, where he has never lived, has no family or ties, and of which he has little knowledge. Moreover, India does not recognize him as a citizen and has refused to issue a travel document for him. In this discussion, Deepan gives an update on the current state of his case. To learn how you can offer support, visit Justice for Deepan.
- September 24 | An Indecent Proposal? Considering the Quebec Charter of Values
Leading scholars in the fields of Human Rights, Religion and Secularism, gathered in a discussion panel to investigate Quebec’s controversial “values charter”, and its proposal to restrict ostentatious religious symbols and clothing in the public sector. Presentations by each speaker, followed by an open-floor period.
Melanie Adrian, Department of Law & Legal Studies | Carleton University
Natasha Bakht, Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa
Karim Karim, School of Journalism & Communication | Carleton University
Sheema Khan, Columnist | The Globe and Mail
Karl Nerenberg, Parliamentary Correspondent | rabble.ca
Johannes Wolfart, College of the Humanities, Relgious Studies | Carleton University