In addition to her position at Carleton University, Professor Dobson is a practicing lawyer and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Law. She has been actively engaged with prisoners’ rights advocacy for over a decade and is a founding member of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project as well and the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project. Professor Dobson has worked extensively with prisoners experiencing solitary confinement. Her research and advocacy focus on conditions of confinement in Ontario prisons and using the law as a tool for social change.
In addition to her advocacy with criminalized communities, Professor Dobson works and studies in the areas of labour and employment law. She has been employed by various unions in the Ottawa area and has experience in private practice representing unionized workers. Additionally, she has worked for multiple legal aid clinics representing individuals on human rights, employment, and criminal matters.
“Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Bill C-83 and Solitary Confinement in Ontario” (2021) Journal of Law and Social Policy.
“Inadequate Complaint Procedure at the Ottawa Jail and Recommendations for Change” (2021) Report for the Jail Accountability and Information Line.
“Will you accept the Charges? A case for the Government of Ontario to move away from the Prohibitive, Predatory and Outdated Telephone System in it’s Provincial Jails and Towards Free Calling” (2019) Report for the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project.
“Relationships of Resistance” (2017) Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Activism.
“Precarious Employment in Ontario’s University Sector: Reflections on Collective Bargaining” (2015) Alternative Routes: A Journal of Social Research.
“Women in Precarious Employment at Increased Risk of Workplace Violence” (2014) Ricochet.
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