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Feminist Legal Studies Queen's is a research group located at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Its goals are to expand awareness and development of scholarship in feminist legal studies, by enabling development at Queen's, and by fostering formal links with scholars working in related areas within Queen's University, in other universities in Canada and internationally, and within the legal profession.

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Save the date: Feminist Legal Studies Queen's annual conference: March 10/11 2017. More details to follow.


International Women’s Day Conference 2016:

Gender, Wellbeing, and the Politics of Imagination: Law, Culture, Compassion

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Feb. 26-27, 2016

Conference Program *updated*

*Accommodations: Please book your room through this website and you’ll receive the discounted FLSQ conference rate of $119/night. Please go ahead and book using this link: Holiday Inn Kingston

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Due to the kind support of the Law Commission of Ontario, this conference can provided students from Ontario law schools with limited support for registration and travel to attend this conference. Please contact Megan Hamilton at Megan.Hamilton@queensu.ca with the subject line FLSQ LCO Conference Support as soon as possible, and include a statement explaining why it is important to you to attend this event!

According to the Canadian Index of Wellbeing national report (CIW, 2011), despite significant increases in economic growth between the years of 1994-2008, ‘increases in the wellbeing of Canadians were not nearly comparable.’ The Index finds that ‘societies with greater inequality … have worse health and wellbeing outcomes.’ At the same time, countries like Canada have responsibility for one of the largest shares of global biocapacity, yet tolerate persistent levels of food insecurity, environmental contamination, and poverty. The CIW Provincial Report On Wellbeing, How are Ontarians Really Doing? (2014), found that Ontarians have even lower levels of wellbeing than in the rest of Canada.

Improved wellbeing and better futures are political, cultural, sociological, and economic issues as well as legal issues. Law is not the only site of political struggle. Imagining better futures is a collective social process. Institutional transformation, law reform, and improved wellbeing demand moving toward moral imaginations focused on equality, diversity, and participatory governance.

Over twenty years ago, the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women to secure active state engagement in bringing all laws, policies, and practices into compliance with the Convention on the Eradication of Discrimination against Women, to which Canada is signatory. Since then, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has also come to advocate wellbeing policies. In order to accelerate this discussion, the 2016 FLSQ International Women’s Day conference will focus on how eliminating gender and intersecting discriminations will benefit all members of society.

Feminist Legal Studies Queen's Conference Poster 2016

FLSQ invites academic and practicing lawyers, policy analysts, interdisciplinary experts, and students in law and other disciplines, community members, and those involved in research and governance to submit proposals to examine the personal, political, societal, structural, institutional, and environmental factors that shape human experiences and material living conditions, and that can promote all aspects of individual, societal, and ecological wellbeing. This includes work on collaborative and community-based research methods and their potential for mobilization, community service, collective action; pedagogical, curricular, professional, and institutional
innovations; and developing mindful client and community-oriented practices for law students as social advocates, better personal and professional management, and institutional transformation, including, for example, work including –

  • First Nations, Inuit, and Metis women, and indigenous women in other regions
  • Living standards, gender inequality, health, and the welfare state
  • Concepts and measures of equality and wellbeing (epistemologies, methods, indicators)
  • Fiscal systems and policy alternatives, including public services and accountability
  • Regulatory governance, self-governance, and political agency
  • Violence against women
  • Resource management and nonrenewable resource extraction
  • Traditional economies and reciprocal relationships
  • Environmental issues, including human and ecological degradation, settlements, sustainable practices, chemical exposure, and human health
  • Thriving and justice as fundamental human rights
  • Corporate governance
  • Science, nation building, and militarization
  • Food security, shelter, and wellbeing in Canada, including in reserve communities
  • State roles in assisted reproduction and suicide
  • Maternal mortality and reproductive rights
  • Mental health and legal practice
  • Education, law, love, culture, compassion, material existence, and quality of life
  • Community vitality, work, and leisure
  • Mindful practice, adjudication, and civil society

Critical perspectives grounded in law or policy reform, law and society, empirical, comparative, or interdisciplinary approaches involving Aboriginal studies, sociology, domestic or international law, fiscal policy, public policy, political studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, history, economics, philosophy, women’s/gender studies, and/or human rights are sought.

Registration, accommodation, and childcare:

Attendance without presenting a paper is welcome. Contact Megan Hamilton megan.hamilton@queensu.ca obtain registration information. Some funding is available to assist students to attend. Registration
will open on January 15. Information on accommodation will be provided on request. Anyone wanting childcare should mention this request so appropriate arrangements can be made.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Kathleen Lahey, Co-Director
Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s
Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario

Prof. Bita Amani, Co-Director
Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s
Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario