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Taryn Hepburn

PhD Candidate (Legal Studies)

Taryn’s research interests focus around the intersection of young people and Canadian criminal law. This includes the development and application of youth criminal justice in Canada, the policing and imprisonment of young people, as well as spaces and instances in which youth come in contact with adult justice.

Dr. Dale Spencer

BA Double Major in Political Science and Philosophy (Distinction), University of Alberta
MA Legal Studies, Carleton University


Menzie, Lauren, and Taryn Hepburn. (2020). “Harm in the digital age: Critiquing the construction of victims, harm, and evidence in proactive child luring investigations.” Manitoba Law Journal 43:3. 391-420.

Hepburn, Taryn, Dale C. Spencer, and Rosemary Ricciardelli. (2020). “Rural Policing, Youth, and Overlapping Fields of Youth Justice.” Youth Justice. Online.

Menzie, Lauren, and Taryn Hepburn. 2019. “Technologies of Regulating Sexual Offenses against Youth.” In Sexual Regulation and the Law: A Canadian Perspective, edited by Richard Jochelson and James Gacek. Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press. (Under contract, anticipated for Fall, 2019)

Bendo, Daniella, Taryn Hepburn, Dale C. Spencer, and Raven Sinclair. 2019. “Advertising ‘Happy’ Children: The Settler Family, Happiness and the Indigenous Child Removal System.” Children & Society.


“Harm in a Digital Age: Critiquing the Construction of Victims, Harm, and Evidence in Proactive Child Luring Investigations.” Co-presented with Lauren Menzie at Criminal Justice and Evidentiary Thresholds in Canada: the last ten years, University of Manitoba, Oct 26, 2019, Winnipeg, MB.

“PERMISSION (NOT) GRANTED: Regulation Through Spaces as Coding Machines.” Presented at Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference, March 10, 2020, Ottawa, ON.

“Distinguishing Representation from Reality: Critiquing the Use of Proactive Investigations to Police Child Luring,” co-presented with Lauren Menzie at Law & Society Association 2019 Annual Meeting, June 1, Washington, DC. 2019.

“Too Much of a Good Thing: Managing Young Bodies Through Hope and Risk,” presented at Law, Culture, the Humanities 22nd Annual Conference, March 23, Ottawa, ON. 2019.

“Ontario Team Update: Helen Allen and the Today’s Child,” presented at Pe-kîwêwin Project Advisory Board, University of Regina, December 18, Saskatoon, SK. 2017.

“Private Conversations: Analyzing Access to Law Through Wittgenstein’s Language Games,” presented at The Game of Law: Rules, Fools, and Cheats, Carleton University, March 23, Ottawa, ON. 2017.