Feminist Legal Studies Queen's

Feminist Legal Studies Queen's

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Law 692: Feminist Legal Studies Workshop I 
(Fall term, 2017), 1 credit

Course description:

Course Information

The Feminist Legal Studies Workshop is designed to enable students to work closely with faculty in analyzing and discussing with leading feminist theorists and scholars visiting Queen’s Faculty the topics of the speakers’ papers.

The Feminist Legal Studies Workshop course is offered for one course credit per term. In the fall term of 2015, it is designated as Law 692; in the winter term of 2016 it is designated as Law 693. Students may enroll for one credit in the fall term, or for one credit in the winter term, or for a total of two credits in both terms combined. This course can also be combined with an ISP for students who may wish to carry out in-depth independent supervised work in relation to one or more of the areas discussed in this workshop.

Scheduling details:

The workshop speakers will typically be scheduled for the regular visitor slots on Mondays and Fridays, which run from 1 to 2:30 pm, and one or two additional meetings per term will be scheduled around everyone’s class and other commitments. Speaker dates and locations are listed below.

Nature, mode, and content of evaluation of student participation:
Students will attend all the speakers events (4/term or all 7/all year), will prepare advance reading for the first session of each term, will prepare advance reading and two advance questions for the rest of the speakers in that term, plus 1-2 pages of briefing notes after each session (60% of course credit), will participate in the discussion at the speakers visit (10% of course credit), and will prepare a short term paper of approximately 10-12 pages on a topic that relates to any one of the speakers events (30% of course credit). To be taught by Profs. Amani and Lahey.

Feminist Legal Studies Queen's - Fall Term 2017 Lectures

Monday, September 25, 2017
1-2:30pm, Robert Sutherland Hall, room 202

Rachel Kohut, Faculty of Law, McGill University (Law IV)

Topic: The Importance of Stories in Legal Education and Practice: From Midwifery in the Arctic to LNFB ['Law Needs Feminist Because...']

Poster

Abstract

Importance of Stories in Legal Education and Practice: From Midwifery in the Arctic to LNFB

Stories have informed Rachel’s research and career trajectory. Beginning with her graduate studies in public health before starting law school, Rachel will speak to how she started researching midwifery in northern communities and how narratives surrounding birth from women, midwifes and obstetricians and gynecologists informed the analysis used in her work.

She will then speak to how discussions with her feminist mentors helped her resist the strong push to work in private practice and pursue opportunities in the human rights space—starting with her very first talk at FLSQ in March 2014. From her position with the HIV, Health and Development Team at the UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub, to interning with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network to her most recent role with the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Global Legal Program, she will speak candidly about how she made these opportunities transpire. Rachel will conclude by speaking to how her professional experiences helped her kickstart LNFB, and now narrative continues to play an important role in her advocacy efforts and legal career.

Bio

A fourth year law student at McGill University, Rachel is insatiably curious about the intersection of law, health and gender, and spends her time thinking about how to make policies in these realms can be more innovative and effective. This same curiosity fuelled her to pursue a Masters of Public Health in Newfoundland before attending law school. She has presented her research on maternal health care in remote and northern communities at Queen's twice before, as well as in Tromsø, Norway at Arctic Frontiers.

Rachel just completed an internship with the Center for Reproductive Rights' Global Legal Program in New York City where she primarily worked on the human rights implications of Zika virus infection in three South American countries. She has also held positions with the United Nations Development Program, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, International Development Research Centre's Global Health Research Initiative, the Chief Public Health Office of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Environmental Stewardship Department of the Assembly of First Nations and the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.

#LawNeedsFeminismBecause was also Rachel's brainchild. Spearheaded by feminist law students, this initiative now spans coast to coast to coast, with over thirteen law faculties having organized photo campaigns. Visit Rachel's to learn more about what she gets up to.

 

 


Monday, November 13, 2017
1-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall (Law building), room 202

Gillian Balfour, Chair and Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Trent University

Topic: Gender based violence and moral culpability: Exploring colonial trauma in sentencing narratives of Indigenous Women​

Abstract

Bio

Poster

Background Reading


Monday, November 20, 2017
1-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall 001

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, Supreme Court of Canada 

Topic: Q&A with the Chief Justice

Bio

Poster

Background Reading


Monday, November 27, 2017
1-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall (Law building), room 202

Nancy Coldham, Chief Advocate and Founder, Society for the Advancement of Women’s Voices in Public Policy (EVE Society) and CriticalMass Women Inc.

TopicThe Politics of Voice: Women at the Ballot Box

Abstract

Bio

Poster

Background Reading