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CLSA Mid-Winter Meeting Schedule

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Canadian Law and Society Association

Midwinter Meeting

January 11 & 12, 2014

Centre of Criminology and Social Legal Studies

University of Toronto



Program Schedule


Friday January 10, 2014


4:30-6:30       CJL&S Editorial Board meeting



Saturday January 11, 2014


Program Format

Please note that this year’s program is formatted on a series of topical roundtables. This format allows for the presentation of work-in-progress as we undertake to consider the emergence of new ideas, theories or methodologies. Presenters are asked to keep their opening remarks to 5-10 minutes and are encouraged to relate their work to the wider trends in law and society scholarship. Audience members will be encouraged to take this opportunity to reflect with presenters and share their views on the state of the field by exploring the “how?”, “why?”, and “so what?” questions that ultimately drive our research agendas.



9:30-9:45       President’s Opening Remarks


9:45-11:15     Roundtable 1                         “Victims” and the Law


Chair: Annie Bunting


“Actor network theory, feminism and criminology: seeing the victim of crime.”

Rashmee Singh (University of Waterloo), Dawn Moore (Carleton University)


“Exploring Classic Socio-Legal Remedies to (Un)Expected Examples of Sex Segregation Stemming From Jewish Divorce Refusal”

Yael Machitnger (York University)


“What is Self-Exploitation and is it a Consensual Crime?”

Lara Karaian (Carleton University)

“Beyond (Property and) Personhood: Reconsidering the Legal Status of Nonhuman Animals”

Maneesha Deckha (University of Victoria)


11:15-11:30   Break                        


11:30-1:00     Roundtable 2 Criminalizing Marginalized Populations and Legal                                     Geography                       


            Chair: Lyndsay Campbell


Lisa Wright (Carleton University), Marie-Eve Sylvestre (University of Ottawa), Nicholas Lamb (Carleton University), Menaka Raguparan (Carleton University)


Legal geography is an exciting and emerging field of study, which synthesizes the fields of critical legal studies and critical geography studies. Legal geographers examine the role of both law and space in governance strategies, assuming that law produces space and space produces law. In doing so, legal geographers avoid placing an emphasis solely on the role of either law or space in their analysis. Using a legal geography lens, legal geographers examine how law and space construct marginalized populations, such as drug users, sex workers and radical activists, as the subjects of control by criminal justice system and within the community. During this session the panelists will discuss how they are using a legal geography framework to examine the criminalization of marginalized populations and some of the questions they are still working through within their work. Panelists will keep their presentations to a minimum in order to provide time for a broader discussion with the attending audience.



1:00-2:00       Lunch (provided)                           


2:00-3:30       Roundtable 3      Property Theory, Environment and the International


Chair: Ken Leyton-Brown


Estair van Wagner  (Osgoode Hall Law School), Derek McKee (Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke), Anna Dolidze (Faculty of Law, Western University), Sara Seck (Faculty of Law, Western University)


Critical approaches to property law reveal the way in which Anglo-American conceptions of property as bounded and alienable undermine the goals of environmental protection. This roundtable discussion will examine the implications of contemporary critiques of Anglo-American conceptions of property for a reconceptualization of the possibility of legal solutions to environmental protection problems with local, global and transboundary dimensions. We will tentatively consider the following questions. How are current environmental protection laws influenced by Anglo-American understandings of property? What might critical approaches to property theory tell us about how environmental protection laws could be re-imagined? Do ENGOs have a role to play in promoting a critical property environment vision?


In addition, Brenna Keatinge (University of Toronto) will join this panel to discuss her current work regarding civic participation in land use governance in Boston and Toronto.



3:30-3:45       Break                        



3:45-5:15       Roundtable 4 “Establishing Law” – History, Education, Security & the                            State  


            Chair: Eric Reiter


“Race, Law, and the Early Canadian State”

Lyndsay Campbell (University of Calgary)


“Preliminary Articulations: Indigenous Feminist legal Pedagogy”

Emily Snyder (University of Victorian)


“Security – from use, exchange and the symbolic, to simulation, hyperreality and the beyond”

Martin Vihrenov Manolov (Carleton University)


“General Principles and the Role of Non-State Actors in the Creation of International Law”

Natalie Oman (UOIT)




5:30-7:30                   Evening Social Event – (Please see invitation below)


Dear CLSA Board, CJLS Editorial Board, CLSA members and friends of the


For those of you attending the mid-winter meetings January 10-12 (and for those members past and present who are in town and would like to visit) please join us for post conference / pre-board meeting  festivities and refreshments at my house 18:30 ­ 20:30 on Saturday January 11, 2014. Your partners are welcome to come along.

Jane McMillan, President CLSA


Sunday January 12, 2014


9:30-noon      Executive Meeting


Location & Parking Information

The Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies is located in the Canadiana Building on the west side of Queen’s Park circle. Taking the subway is highly recommended given the lack of parking. The Queen's Park subway stop and the College streetcar are both about five minutes' walk from the Centre (walk north, toward the legislature building, and keep to the left/west branch of the Queen's Park circle).

If you do drive, the best place to park for Saturday is the underground lot at the Rotman business school on St George, just south of Bloor; but allow for 10 -15 minutes, to walk to the Centre. Leaving the lot, turn south on St George, then east (left) on Hoskin, and then right (south) on Queens' Park Crescent West, over the bridge. The Centre's building (Canadiana) is directly across the street from the main legislature building.

There is also metered parking around King's College circle and Hart House, but it's very expensive and not convenient.

Program Coordinator – Maura Matesic (York University)

Local Arrangements Coordinator – Mariana Valverde (University of Toronto)