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T. Brettel Dawson

Associate Professor

Degrees:LL.B. (Canterbury), LL.M. (Osgoode Hall), of the Bar of New Zealand
Phone:613-520-2600 x. 3670
Office:D497 LA (Loeb Building)

Current research

In addition to ongoing work in the area of feminist legal studies, I have become interested in links between judicial education and judicial process. I am examining the development and scope of ‘social context education’ in Canada and the role of judicial education in international judicial reform. This work draws on work in Canada with the National Judicial Institute. Ghana (strategic development of a judicial training institute) and the Philippines (judicial mediation). The use of experiential learning methods and implementation of peer learning in professional (judicial) contexts is the focus of work to articulate an approach to judicial education in Canada. This is closely aligned with my long-standing interest in curriculum design and development in law. My work is informed by a ‘law in context’ approach.

Teaching interests

Gender equality and human rights; legal studies research process.

Selected publications

Women, Law and Social Change: Core Readings and Current Issues (North York: Captus Press), 5th edition forthcoming 2007.

“Engaging Canadian Judges in International Cooperation Activities” (with the Hon. Justice Thea Herman), paper given at Harvard University Symposium, on Transnational Judicial Dialogue, 2006 (Workshop: Judicial Education And Knowledge in an Era of Globalization).

“Social Diversity, Judicial Decision-Making and Judicial Education: The Canadian Experience”, Paper prepared for Commonwealth Law Conference, 2005 (Panel: The Commonwealth and Cultural Diversity).