CLSA Meetings

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Legal History Panels for CLSA 2012 / DÉCLARATIONS D’INTÉRÊT: Sessions de l’histoire et du droit 2012

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Legal History Panels for CLSA 2012 / DÉCLARATIONS D’INTÉRÊT: Sessions de l’histoire et du droit 2012
October 19,2011

The 2012 Canadian Law and Society Association meeting, to be held on 27-29 May, will overlap with the meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, to be held 28-30 May. Both meetings will be part of Congress 2012, to be hosted by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Although the theme for the general CLSA program has not been set and the call for papers has not yet been issued, it seems like a good opportunity to create some bridges between these two associations. There may be a possibility of arranging the CLSA programme on 27 May so as to make it easier for those planning to attend the CHA meeting to participate in the CLSA meeting as well. It also might be possible to offer sessions co-hosted by the two associations.


The CHA recently called for papers with a deadline of 19 October. It has been CLSA’s practice not to require paper proposals until the end of January, when the CHA’s program will already be fixed. Given this situation, it would be very helpful if those who are contemplating submitting legal history proposals to the CLSA meeting were to send early expressions of interest, so that we can try to coordinate the two programmes. Therefore, if you are interested in a) submitting a legal history paper or a full panel to the CLSA meeting; or b) participating in a session co-hosted by CLSA and CHA (which might occur any time between 27 and 30 May), would you please advise the CLSA’s programme coordinator of your intentions before 31 October. Please do indicate as well whether you plan to attend the CLSA meeting, the CHA meeting, or both.


Again, to be clear, this is a call for expressions of interest in finding some points for connection between the CLSA annual meeting program and the CHA's annual meeting.  The call for papers for the CLSA annual meeting will appear in November.


The CLSA’s programme coordinator for 2012 is Lyndsay Campbell (University of Calgary), who may be reached at or 403.220.8889.




La conférence annuelle de l’Association canadienne droit et société (ACDS) aura lieu à l’Université de Waterloo et l’Université Wilfred Laurier les 27 au 29 mai  2012.  Cette année, il y aura un chevauchement entre cette conférence et celle de la Société historique du Canada (SHC).   Le thème du programme n’ayant pas encore été déterminé et l’appel à communication n’a pas encore été circuler.  Nous le considérons donc cette conférence comme un moment propice de créer des liens entre ces deux organismes.  Ce serait possible, par exemple, d’organiser une journée ou une série de sessions consacrée au ‘droit et histoire.’ Ceci permettrait aux participants et participantes des deux organisations d’assister toutes les sessions qui s’adressent aux chercheur-E-s qui travaillent à l’intersection du droit et de l’histoire.


Noter, svp, que ce n’est qu’une demande de déclaration d’intérêt pour forger des ponts entre l’ACDS et la SHC durant leurs réunions annuelles respectives.


L’appel à communication générale pour l’ACDS sera circulé d’ici la mi-novembre. 


En bref (1) si vous croyez soumettre à l’ACDS une proposition individuelle ou un panel entier, qui se situe aux points de rencontre de l’histoire et du droit, ou (2) si vous aimeriez participer aux sessions de l’ACDS et de la SHC comme hôtes conjoints (qui se dérouleront entre le 27 et le 30 mai), veuillez, svp, aviser Lyndsay Campbell  (University of Calgary) au ou au 403.220.8889.   En effet, pour toutes questions concernant les réunions de l’ACDS, veuillez contacter Lyndsay, qui est la coordonnatrice du programme cette année.


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October 20,2011

The Canadian Sociological Association has contacted us to see if we would be interested in "cross-listing" any of our sessions with them at Congress. Some of our panels could be listed in the programme for the CSA (and vice versa), to encourage contact between the societies and the development of new perspectives. The CSA has asked that we let them know, before October 30, of any sessions we anticipate holding that we would like to cross-list. (Our meeting will run from 27-29 May and theirs from 29 May to 1 June.) If you are interested in having your panel or session cross-listed with the CSA, please contact the programme coordinator, Lyndsay Campbell (;             403.220.8889      ) before October 31.

Preliminary Draft of 2012 Annual Meeting (Feedback Welcome!)

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Preliminary Draft of 2012 Annual Meeting (Feedback Welcome!)
February 17,2012

MAY 27

Morning Session 1: 8:30-10:00


PANEL: Law, Science and Risk

Mark Pioro, Roxanne Mykitiuk, Dayna Scott and Jeff Nisker, “The Limits of the Law on Reproductive Harm: The Case of Household Chemical Exposure”
Kelly Bronson, “Framing the Debate: How Technical Discourse Binds Public Concerns Over Biotechnology in the Canadian Courts”
Dorinda So, “An Exploration of Automobility and Perceptions of Risk in the 2009-2010 Toyota Recall Crisis – A Canadian Perspective”
Michael Orsini and Miriam Smith, “Show Me the Evidence: The Contested Legal Subject in Environmental Illness”


PANEL: Prisons: Past, Present and Future

Joel Kropf, “Unsentimental Kindness: The Validation of Compassion in Mid-Twentieth-Century Penal-Reform Discourse”
Greg McElligott & Justin Piché, “Grand Visions Interrupted? Debating the Future of Federal Prisons in Canada”
Katherine Poole-Fournier, “‘You Will Shower with the Gorillas in the Mist Down at Long Bay Jail’: Narratives of Sexual Assault as Retribution and the Legitimation of Carceral Institutions”
Sonia D’Angelo, “‘Nothing More Than an HIV Prison Camp’: History, Guantánamo Bay and the Manufacturing of Contagion”


PANEL: Equality and Discrimination

Joan M. Gilmour, Marcia Rioux and Natalia Angel, “Disability, Decisional Capacity and Supported Decision-Making”
Jan Lukas Buterman, “Enabling Sexual Minority Inclusion: A Policy Analysis”
Sana Affara, “The Boundaries of Family Mediation and the Exclusion of ‘Difference’”


Break: 10:00-10:30



Morning Session 2: 10:30-12:00


PANEL: Grad student session


PANEL: Disability Rights, Identity and Law / Les droits du handicap, l’identité et la loi

Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe, “The Performance of Gender, Law and People with Disabilities”
Mona Paré, Nathalie Bélanger, et Raphaëlle Ferland, “La recherche de l’inclusion scolaire et le recours au Tribunal de l’enfance en difficulté de l’Ontario : une procédure efficace pour les familles francophones?”
Ruby Dhand, “Mental Health Tribunals and The Social Model of Disability:  Conceptual and Practical Quandaries”


PANEL: Gender, Violence and Risk

Curtis A. Fogel, “Masculinity and Sexual Violence in North American Sport”
Jennifer Silcox, “Girlhood Violence and the Influence of Youth Criminal Justice Legislative Changes”
Lara Karaian, “Managing Risky Subjects: Investigating Canada’s Crime Prevention Response to Teenage ‘Sexting’”


Lunch 12:00-1:00

Grad student lunch
Executive Board Meeting



Afternoon Session 1: 1:00-2:30


PANEL: Power and Urban Space

Brenna Keatinge, “Sex Battles: Civic Politics and the Regulation of Adult Entertainment Urban Space in a Toronto Inner Suburb”
Katharina Maier, “From the Screens to the Streets – From a Park Night to a Website: The Meaning of Space for the ‘Occupy Toronto’ Movement”
Jordana Wright, “Towards a Legal Geography of Tower Renewal”
Kimberley White, “Beauty Treatment: Policing the Public Image of Graffiti and ‘Mental Illness’ in Canada”


PANEL: The Emergence of the Modern Canadian State

Charles Paul Hoffman, “The Nova Scotia Legislative Council Reference”
Sarah  Hamill, “Law as a Means to Many Ends: The ALCB’s Regulation of Licensed Premises, 1924 to 1939”
Vanisha Sukdeo, “ ‘We Are Going to Run This City:” The Winnipeg General Strike, Socialism, and Sedition Laws in Canadian Legal History”


PANEL: The Enbridge Pipelines: A Northern Gateway to Legal Uncertainty? / Les pipelines Enbridge: un portail vers l’incertitude juridique?

Olivier Courtemanche, “L’obligation de consultation des peuples autochtones: territorialisation de leurs voix?”
Nicholas Jobidon, “Independence and Impartiality Issues Due to Government Involvement in the Northern Gateway”
Alexandre Genest, “Will Regulatory Approval of the Northern Gateway Project Hold Up to International Investment Law Scrutiny?”


Break: 2:30-3:00



Afternoon Session 2: 3:00-4:30


PANEL: Counter-Terrorism, Policing and Security

Patricia O’Reilly, “The Illegality of Law: The Misuse of Legislation and Police Response to Protest at the G20 Meetings”
Robert Diab, “On the Future of Counter-Terrorism and Liberal Reform Advocacy”
Jessie Blackbourn, “The UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation: Controlling Executive Power or Constraining Legislative Scrutiny?”


PANEL: Colonial Threads

Alexandra Havrylyshyn, “Troublesome Trials in New France: The Itinerary of an Ancien Régime Legal Practitioner, 1740-1743”
Susan Dodd, “The Gift of Judas: Blood Money and Its Taint”
Karen A. Macfarlane, “‘Selling Protections Against Arrest’: Debt and the Development of Diplomatic Immunity”


PANEL: Harm to Women: Debates

Menaka Raguparan, “Criminal-Legal Subject Position: Voices of Independent In-Call and/or Out-Call Sex Workers”
Emily van der Meulen, Amanda Glasbeek and Ann De Shalit, “Gendering Video Surveillance in Toronto: CCTV and Women’s Sense of Urban Security”
Francine Tremblay and Sarah Beers, “The Trouble with Sex in Sex Work”
Jennifer Silcox, “(Un)Reasonable Women: Female-Only Defences and Their Legal Implications”



PLENARY: Philip Girard

5-6:30 pm



MAY 28

Morning Session 1: 8:30-10:00


PANEL: Law, Marginalization and Justice, No. 1

Chair: Bryan Hogeveen
Andrew Woolford and Bryan Hogeveen, “One Cold City: Neoliberal Restructuring and NonProfit Services in the Inner Cities of Edmonton & Winnipeg”
Joshua Freistadt, “Race, Space, and Mobility Within Edmonton’s Anti-Panhandling Efforts: Rethinking Space, and the Race-Space Connection, through the Prism of Mobility”
Rebecca Taylor, “Protective Safe Houses in Alberta: Exiting the Sex Trade Behind Locked Doors(?)”


PANEL: Race, Indigeneity and Justice in Legal History

Bettina Bradbury, “Troubling Inheritances: An Illegitimate Maori Daughter Contests Her Father’s Will in the New Zealand Courts and the Judicial Review Committee of the Privy Council”
Susan McKelvey, “Creating the Myth of ‘Raceless’ Justice in the Murder Trial of R. v. Richardson, Sandwich, 1903”
Lyndsay Campbell, “Law and Racialization in Canada, 1850-1890”


PANEL: Contemporary Democratization Movements

Adetoun Ilumoka, “Democratisation Movements and People’s Law in the 21st Century: New Opportunities for Legal Research, Teaching and Training?”
Mai Taha, “Behind the ‘Spring’: Egyptian Labour Law and the Workers’ Movement as ‘Militant Particularisms’”
Omar Shalaby, “L’influence du facteur juridique sur les évolutions politiques de l’Égypte depuis l’ère Hosni Moubarak”


Break: 10:00-10:30



Morning Session 2: 10:30-12:00


PANEL: Grad student session


PANEL: Indigenous People(s) and Racialization in Canada

Natalie Oman, “Post?-Colonial Treaty-Making: Contested Valuations of Democracy”
Josephine Savarese, “Revisiting the Disappearance of ‘a Daughter X’ and Reconsidering Questions on Access to Justice in the Child Welfare Context”
Scott Clark, “Criminal Justice in Nunavut: Inuit Community Intersections with Police and the Court”
Andrea Anderson, “The Silent Injustice in Wrongful Convictions”


PANEL: Social Movements and Resistance

Jennifer Tunnicliffe, “‘The Best of a Bad Job’: Canada and the International Bill of Rights”
Dominique Clément, “Social Movements and Human Rights Law in Canada”

Benjamin Isitt, “Crises of Legitimacy: Judging Social Movements in British Columbia”



CLSA Annual General Meeting
Lunch Break



Mary Eberts



Afternoon Session: 1:30-3:00


PANEL: “Dignity, Equality, Freedom: The Charter 30 Years On”

Chaired by Nathalie Des Rosiers 1:45 pm


CO-SPONSORED PANEL: James Muir and Peter Carver, “Constitution-Making Through Digital History Games: The Quebec Conference, 1864”

1:15-5:45, place TBD


PANEL: Representation and Law

Diana Young, “Representing the Abject in Law and Culture”
Joey Brooke Jakob, “To See Or Not To See: The Visible Body as a Technology of Governance”
Craig McFarlane and Stephen Tasson, “Representation and the Unrepresentable in José Saramago’s Blindness and Seeing”
Kate Glover, “Scholarship: A World of/for Uncertainty and Crossroads”


Break: 3:00-3:30




Afternoon Session 2: 3:30-5:00


PANEL: Hate Crimes, Stigma and Violence

Joanna Sweet, “Culture, 'Race,’ and Honour-Related Violence”
Amy Swiffen, “Violence of Hate / Violence of Law: New Arguments about Hate Crime”
·         Tim Bryan, “Re-Inscribing the National Narrative in Hate Crime Cases: How a Logic of Exceptionality Can Re-Constitute the Rule”


PANEL: Pluralism in Law and Religion

Janet Epp Buckingham, “Can a Canadian Office of Religious Freedom Prevent Religious Persecution?”
Barry W. Bussey, “Military Pressure On Seventh-Day Adventist Conscientious Objectors To Bear The Rifle In WWII Restricted Enlistment”
Yael C.B. Machtinger, “The Impact of the Past on the Present in Light of Precedent: A Historical Sampling of Interactions between Jewish and Secular Family Law”
Farah Deeba Chowdhury, “Muslim Family Law in Bangladesh: Resistance to Secularisation”


PANEL: Challenging Conventions of Legal Scholarship

Ruby Dhand, “Putting Research into Practice: Mental Health Law Reform and Advocacy”
Sujith Xavier, “Practice to Theory or Theory to Practice? Practice of International Law”
Igor Gontcharov, “The Circular Path of the Law: Ethical Oversight of Legal Research”
Shanthi Senthe, “Constructing a Research Agenda for Legal Scholars”


Banquet: 6:30 on - offsite





MAY 29

Morning Session 1: 8:30-10:00


PANEL: Human Rights, Cultural Rights, Business and International Law

Nicole Aylwin, “Cultural Activists or Cultural Experts? Neoliberalism, Cultural Diversity and the Place of Cultural Rights Claims”
Siobhán Airey, “Signposts on the Evolving Concept of Development Within International Human Rights Law and International Trade Law – Concerns at Coherence?”
Sorcha MacLeod, “Reputational Carrots, Regulatory Sticks and the Future Ordering of Business and Human Rights”


PANEL: Evidence and Rationality

Soren Frederiksen, “Has the US Supreme Court’s Philosophy of Science Been Imported to Canada?”
Patricia Hania, “Water Governance, Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, and Institutional Change”
Luanda Thomas-Hawthorne, “Social Justice and the ‘Flexible System’ in Contract Law”
Andrea Quinlan, “Making Rape Case Evidence: A Historical Study of the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit”


PANEL: Grad Student Session


Break: 10:00-10:30



Morning Session 2: 10:30-12:00


PANEL: Law, Marginalization and Justice, No. 2

Chair: Bryan Hogeveen
Joanne Minaker and Bryan Hogeveen, “Criminalized Mothers: Criminalizing Motherhood”
Dayna Crosby, “Gentrification and the City: An Analysis of Edmonton’s Avenue Initiative Revitalization Strategy”
Greg Eklics and Patrick McLane, “Preventive Custody Decisions under Canadian Criminal and Immigration Law”


PANEL: Structures, Ideology and Governance in Canadian Legal History

Daniel Sims, “Fur Trade Law in Western New Caledonia”
Jeffrey Monaghan, “Surveillance and Settler Colonialism: Indigenous Identities and Modes of Ordering in Canada’s North-West”

Gord Groulx, “On Critique, Ideology and Legal Frameworks: An Account of the Changing State of Punishment in Canada”


PANEL: Academic Research on the Canadian Judiciary and Courts: Problems and Prospects

Moderator and Commentator: Justice David Cole, Ontario Court of Justice
Marie Comiskey, “An Ontario-Wide Jury Simulation Study: The Challenges Involved in Gaining the Cooperation of the Courts”

Rochelle Direnfeld, “Part VI of the YCJA: Publication, Records and Information”
Nicole Myers, “Who Said Anything About Justice? Court Culture and the Courtroom Workgroup”


Lunch: 12:00-1:30

Board Meeting 12:00-2:00



Afternoon session: 1:30-3:30  (NB: last room is 2:00-3:30)


PANEL: Access to Justice: Issues, Strategies and Especially “Hard Cases”

Laura Shantz, “‘She’s an Endless Vacuum of Need that We Can’t Fill’: Risk, Need and the ‘Difficult to Serve’”
Suzanne McMurphy, Robin Wright, Gemma Smyth, Amanda Cramm, and Meaghan Smith, “Preparing Professionals to Work in an Uncertain World: Integrating Law and Social Work Education with a Social Justice Focus”
Noel Semple, “Regulation of the Legal Profession and Access to Justice: A ‘New Legal Realist’ Approach”


PANEL: Citizenship and Immigration

Harini Sivalingam, “Unsettling Waters: Canadian Responses to the Arrival of Tamil Asylum Seekers by Boats”
Megan Gaucher, “Re-Thinking Conjugality: Family Reunification and the Capacity for Non-Conjugal Relationships in Canadian Migration Law”
Tanja Juric, “Multiple Citizenship: Protected by Many, Or None?”
Bethany Hastie, “To Protect and Control: Anti-Trafficking Strategies and the Duality of Disciplining Transnational Movements”



VIDEO SCREENING: “This is Us: Voices from the Street”

CLSA Mid-Winter Meeting Call for Papers

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This is a general interest call for abstracts for those wishing to present papers or propose suggestions for thematic round table discussions of work in progress at the CLSA’s Annual Mid- Winter Meeting January 25 –26  at the Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies, University of Toronto. The Mid-Winter meeting is an informal gathering and is a great way to connect and get involved with the CLSA.

Please confirm your attendance by December 15 to Maura Matesic ( ).  Maura is also handling the presentation program, so if you are interested in presenting please send a brief proposal to Maura Matesic ( ) by December 15.   All accepted proposals will be scheduled on January 25, the board meeting will be on January 26.   Board members are asked to attend as this is the main board meeting of the year.