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Annual General Meeting Agenda

Tue, 2014-06-03 14:47 -- admin

Dear Members of the Canadian Law and Society Association,

Please find attached the agenda for the upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held June 6th, 2014 from 12:30 – 13:45 in the Moot Court Room at the Robson Hall Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.

Please join us for this lunch meeting. We are striking committees and doing the exciting business of the association. Elections will take place and we need your votes.

Also attached are the minutes from the CLSA-ACDS Annual General Meeting of July 2013, held in Vancouver, BC.

Please note that to reduce costs the minutes and agenda will only be distributed electronically.

Many thanks and safe travels.

L. Jane McMillan

President Canadian Law and Society Association / Association Canadienne Droit et Société

Canadian Journal of Disability Studies Special Issue on Law, Religion and Disability

Thu, 2014-05-29 15:42 -- manager
Call for proposals: “Law, Religion and Disability”
Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
The relationship of law, religion and disability is complex, emerging and still in development as a research area. Scholarship on religion and disability has included feminist reflections regarding religion and disability (e.g. Minister 2013) and analysis of the physical isolation that can result in congregations where accommodations are made but without reflection on the communal aspects of integration (Eiesland 1994). Further, health care providers working with disabled individuals negotiate and navigate their own religious identities in their professional sphere (Bray, Egan and Beagan 2012). Legal advancement within the disability movement has produced results such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Public and policy challenges remain highly contested and disability advocates reflect on the limitations of existing policy as well as the challenge of the application of these policies (e.g. Prince 2012; Johner 2013).
We are seeking articles that articulate the diverse perspectives of disability studies as it relates both to law and religion. There are multiple ways the religion, law and disability intersect with one another. The special issue intends to explore overlapping themes in dialogue to reflect on the current discourse about disability, disabled identities and its interconnections with law and religion.
Possible topics can include, but are not limited to:
  • What social, cultural or religious norms have created exclusive or inclusive environments? E.g. What constraints might the Quebec Charter of Values have created for individuals at the intersection of religion and disabled identities?
  • Religious individuals and organizations face challenges regarding the theological debates regarding inclusivity versus exclusivity in the accommodation of disabled individuals. What are some of the challenges of negotiating theological doctrine and what are the nuances made possible through theology regarding disability? 
  • How is disability taught or not taught, in schools or within religious institutions? What are the policies in the education system regarding disability and what challenges are ongoing regarding education and disability?
  • How do religious organizations and law respond to disability within a health framework? What challenges are faced by healthcare workers who are religiously identified or disabled? In what ways are religion, law and disability or disabled identities negotiated?
We welcome submissions from across the disciplines of law, religious studies and disability studies, as well as submissions from outside those fields. Proposals should be no more than 2 pages in length (single spaced) and should include: theoretical and methodological approach; central thesis or argument; and data used within article (i.e. legislation, doctrine). Proposals must be submitted to Ravi Malhotra ( and Heather Shipley ( by September 30, 2014. Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2014 and final submissions will be due January 30, 2015. Full articles should be between 6,000-7,000 words, using the Turabian style guide (16th Edition) or another recognized citation style. All final articles will be subject to the peer-review process. Publication is conditional on reviewer reports. As per Canadian Journal of Disability Studies policies, all methods and methodologies and disciplines are welcome, as are submissions in French or English. This CFP additionally invites perspectives on religion from across traditions, and legal perspectives from outside of Canada or North America

Nineteenth Century titles in Law and Jurisprudence

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:14 -- manager

Nineteenth Century Canadiana - New titles in Law and Jurisprudence

The Early Canadian Periodicals (ECP) project has recently added a collection of journals which represent a range of early legal publishing in Canada in the 19th century. These publications were aimed at practitioners and are said to include:  "statutes, case law, and court proceedings as well as speeches, biographies, editorials and reference materials for the legal profession." A list of the titles and more information can be found at the following website:

professeure ou professeur régulier en droit des ressources naturelles et de l’énergie

Thu, 2014-03-20 20:09 -- manager
La Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval ouvre un poste de professeure ou professeur régulier en droit des ressources naturelles et de l’énergie.
La personne recrutée deviendra la ou le titulaire de la nouvelle Chaire de recherche et d’innovation Goldcorp en droit des ressources naturelles et de l’énergie.
- gérer les activités de la Chaire de recherche et d’innovation Goldcorp en droit des
ressources naturelles et de l’énergie;
- enseigner et encadrer des étudiants aux trois cycles d’études, dans les programmes offerts par la Faculté ou dans les programmes auxquels la Faculté est associée;
- enseigner dans le champ de spécialisation et éventuellement dans d’autres secteurs;
- élaborer un programme de recherche dans le champ de spécialisation;
- publier dans le champ de spécialisation et éventuellement dans d’autres secteurs;
- participer aux activités universitaires et administratives de la Faculté.
Doctorat en droit ou dans un autre domaine pertinent ou l’équivalent d’un doctorat en droit*. De plus, les candidatures de personnes en voie d’achever leur doctorat seront considérées.
Outre les publications avec comité de lecture, pourront être prises en compte :
- l’expérience en enseignement;
- la qualité des projets de recherche;
- la capacité d’envisager l’enseignement et l’étude du droit suivant une variété de
- la polyvalence de la candidature.
DATE DE L’ENTRÉE EN FONCTION : 1er novembre 2014
Une candidature doit comprendre :
- le curriculum vitæ détaillé de la candidate ou du candidat;
- un texte d’environ dix pages qui fait état des activités scientifiques que la candidate ou le candidat désire entreprendre au cours de ses cinq premières années à titre de professeure ou professeur à la Faculté et de titulaire de la chaire de recherche;
- le cas échéant, un exemplaire de la thèse ou des chapitres rédigés à ce jour;
- un exemplaire des publications les plus significatives, en format numérisé si possible;
- deux lettres de recommandation acheminées directement au bureau de la doyenne.
Les personnes intéressées à poser leur candidature doivent le faire d’ici le 9 juin 2014, 16 h, à :
Madame Eugénie Brouillet
Faculté de droit
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines
Local 5109
Université Laval
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6

Goldcorp Research and Innovation Chair in Natural Resources and Energy Law -

Thu, 2014-03-20 20:05 -- manager
The Faculty of Law at Université Laval has opened a position as a regular professor of natural resources and energy law.
The person hired will become the holder of the new Goldcorp Research and Innovation Chair in Natural Resources and Energy Law.
- manage the activities of the Goldcorp Research and Innovation Chair in Natural Resources and Energy Law;
- teach and supervise students at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral levels in programs offered by the faculty or with which the faculty is associated;
- teach in the field of specialization and possibly in other fields;
- draw up a research program in the field of specialization;
- publish in the field of specialization and possibly in other fields;
- participate in the faculty’s university-related and administrative activities.
Applicants must have a doctorate in law or another relevant field, or the equivalent of a doctorate in law*. Applications from current doctoral candidates will also be considered. Besides peer-reviewed publications, the following will be taken into account:
- teaching experience;
- research project quality;
- the ability to consider the teaching and study of law from a range of viewpoints;
- versatility.
DATE OF APPOINTMENT: November 1, 2014
All applications must include:
- the applicant’s detailed curriculum vitæ;
- a ten-page presentation of the scientific activities that the applicant plans to undertake during the first five-year period as Professor at the Faculty and holder of the Research Chair;
- where applicable, a copy of the applicant’s thesis or the chapters currently completed;
- a copy of the applicant’s most significant publications, in digital format if possible;
- two letters of recommendation sent directly to the Dean’s office.
Applicants are asked to submit their application before 4 p.m. on June 9, 2014 to:
Eugénie Brouillet
Faculté de droit
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines
Local 5109
Université Laval
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6


Tue, 2014-03-18 16:03 -- manager
The Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs (CULJP) invites interested scholars to participate in a workshop this July to refresh and reinforce sociolegal research, especially that involving undergraduates.
With support from the National Science Foundation, CULJP will be hosting a workshop to help identify and advance the next wave of research questions in four key subfields of sociolegal studies and to expand the involvement of undergraduates in this research. Those subfields include legal consciousness, legal mobilization, cause lawyering, and judicial decision making.
In addition to presentations and moderated discussion, participating scholars with shared interests will be paired with one another to provide suggestions, constructive criticism, and encouragement as they hone potential research projects. Time also will be set aside for participants to consider and begin planning possible future research experiences for undergraduates (REU) that, with additional organizing, might be submitted to the National Science Foundation for support.
The workshop, which will involve 30 sociolegal scholars, will take place July 21-22, 2014 at the offices of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Participants’ travel expenses will be covered.
Interested faculty are invited to apply to participate. Scholars should send no more than a two-page summary describing their current research agenda, what larger issues they would like to tackle in future work, and how they believe they would benefit from participating in the workshop. Please submit this summary and a current CV to by April 18. Those selected will be notified by May 12.
Please direct any questions to The organizers are especially interested in reaching scholars at under-served sociolegal undergraduate programs, particularly those whose institutional support for research has declined recently.