Law 693: Feminist Legal Studies Workshop I (Winter 2012)

1 credit

Course description:

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 2011, it is designated as Law 692; in the winter term of 2012, 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 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 7-8), will prepare advance reading for the first session of each term 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 10-15 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.

Winter term speakers (2011-2012):

Monday January 23, 2012

1pm-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall Room 201

Emanuela Heyninck

Ontario Pay Equity Commissioner

Feminist Legal Studies Workshop

Emanuela Heyninck is currently serving her second term as Commissioner of the Pay Equity Commission for Ontario, an independent agency of the Ministry of Labour. The Commission is mandated to administer and enforce the Pay Equity Act. Since 2010, Emanuela has also served as an adjudicator for the Health Professions and Health Services Appeal and Review Boards. Before her appointment she practiced civil, family and administrative law in London, Ontario. She is currently an active member of the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators and is also serving on several Advisory Councils, including the Toronto Human Resources Professional Association, Conestoga College and the University of Western Ontario Student Law Clinic. Her community involvement has included several terms on the Executives of the London Chamber of Commerce, the London Business and Professional Women's Club, the Middlesex Family Lawyers Association and the Middlesex as well as the Ontario Collaborative Law Group. She holds an Hon. B.A. in Italian and French from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.

Background reading: Pay Equity Commission (Ont.), Resource List (2011) - read one background and one wage gap item.

Friday January 27, 2012

1pm-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall Room 201

Pamela Palmater


Feminist Legal Studies Workshop

Aboriginal Identities, Constitutional and Charter Law, and Aboriginal Rights

Pamela Palmater is a Mi'kmaq lawyer whose family originates from the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, Interim Chair in Indigenous Governance in Ryerson's new Centre for Indigenous Governance, and affiliated with the MA program in Public Policy, Yeates School of Graduate Studies, affiliated with the MA program in Public Policy and Administration. Dr. Palmater received her JSD from Dalhousie University Law Faculty, and her thesis was published in 2011. She holds several other degrees, was called to the New Brunswick bar in 1998, and worked on Aboriginal issues both at Justice Canada and as Director at Indian and Northern Affairs, managing treaties, claims, self-government, land and registration portfolios. Her current research interests relate to Aboriginal Governance matters, specifically how land and natural resources, treaties and Aboriginal rights, jurisdiction and law-making powers and citizenship and identity issues can contribute to stronger Aboriginal families, communities, organisations, and Nations. A key part of this research is the ever-changing political structures and relationships within and between Aboriginal communities, their relationships with the state, and on the international stage. She works actively with Aboriginal organisations and communities on these and other issues.

Background reading: Pamela Palmater, Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity. Saskatoon: Purich Publishing Ltd., 2011.

For those who have not read the book, the readings are:

Pamela Palmater, "When Legislators Make Bad Law: Bill C-3's Attack on Democracy" (2011) Vol.15, No.1 OBA Aboriginal Law

Martin Cannon, "Revisiting Histories of Gender-Based Exclusion and the New Politics of Indian Identity"

TBA 2012

1pm-pm, Macdonald Hall Room 001

Dana Olwan

Queen's Gender Studies

Feminist Legal Studies Workshop

  • Muslim Women in Canada: Key Issues

TBA 2012

1pm-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall Room 201

Kim Pate

Executive Director, Canadian Association of E. Frye Societies

Feminist Legal Studies Workshop

  • Women in Prisons: Issues and Challenges