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Dean, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan

Tue, 2015-08-04 13:29 -- manager

The College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan is looking for a dean who will build on the college’s proud history with a commitment to excellence.

We’re proud of our past success, and we always look for opportunities to grow stronger.

Established in 1912, the U of S College of Law is the oldest university law school in Western Canada. The college is known for its pre-eminence in transnational commercial law, environment and sustainable resources, and Aboriginal law, and our excellence in teaching, research and innovation helps us produce skilled graduates who go on to succeed at home and around the world. Thanks in part to its close relationship with the Saskatchewan legal profession, the college opened a new expansion in 2008—the first LEED Gold building in Saskatoon.

Reporting to the provost and vice-president academic, the successful candidate, as a key member of the university’s leadership, will be an accomplished and visionary scholar, educator, communicator and leader with a history of successful administration. He or she will understand the fundamental importance of collaboration, teamwork and relationship building with a range of internal and external partners. We constantly strive to achieve even more. We are looking for a dean with big ideas who has the ability to bring them to fruition. We want our success as a college to translate to success for our students, alumni and partners, who will shape the future of the law in Canada and beyond.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please call Khaleeda Jamal or Cameron Geldart of The Geldart Group at 604-926-0005 or forward your application package (current CV, letter of application and reference list) in confidence to


Tier 2 CRC, Law and Society, University of Waterloo

Thu, 2015-07-30 15:03 -- manager

The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Law and Society beginning July 1, 2016. 

Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in Sociology, Sociolegal Studies, or Criminology. The successful candidate will be appointed as a regular member of the department and will be subsequently nominated for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. Nominations for Canada Research Chairs (CRC) are subject to review by the CRC Secretariat and appointment as a CRC is conditional on their approval (terms of reference are available at The University of Waterloo is committed to providing the candidate with the support required to successfully secure the CRC. 

The successful candidate will have obtained their highest degree within ten years of their nomination to the CRC position and will be an outstanding emerging scholar with a demonstrated potential to achieve a significant international reputation in the next five to ten years. The candidate is expected to propose an innovative program of high quality research that will attract external funding and excellent graduate students. Evidence of an actively developing research program on Law and Society is required. Duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervising graduate students. 

The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies is a research-intensive department with diverse academic programs examining many of the most pressing issues confronting societies today. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees (MA and PhD) in Sociology (since 1960) and is home to an interdisciplinary undergraduate Legal Studies program (since 2009). The department provides an intellectually vibrant setting for students and faculty engaging in sociological and sociolegal scholarship and is committed to developing a culture of academic and professional mentorship among students and faculty. Recent growth and change in the faculty complement builds on the department’s foundational strengths in social theory and research methods while advancing research and scholarship in the following thematic areas: social inequality and public policy; crime, law, and security; migration, borders, and transnationalism; and knowledge, education, and digital culture. Preference will be given to candidates whose work contributes to research and scholarship in one or more of these areas. 

The salary range for this position at the Assistant Professor rank is $78,000 to $110,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates. 

The closing date for applications is January 15, 2016. Send electronic copies of curriculum vitae, cover letter, teaching statement, a four-page outline of planned research activities for the 5-year term of the CRC, up to three reprints of current journal articles or book chapters, and the names and contact information of three referees to, addressed to Dr. Rick Helmes-Hayes, Acting Chair, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies. Three letters of reference will be requested for applicants invited to interview for the position. 

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Three reasons to apply:

Job Posting: Assistant Professor, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

Sun, 2015-07-05 14:38 -- manager

Requisition Title: Assistant Professor – Criminology and Sociolegal Studies - 1500772
Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: 30 June 2015
Job closing: 15 September 2015

The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream appointment in the area of Criminology or Sociolegal Studies. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2016. Research and teaching expertise in the area of criminal justice, either in a domestic or international context is preferred.

The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies is internationally renowned for the study of law, crime, order, and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches. With backgrounds in sociology, history, law, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and political science, faculty are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research and teaching. We welcome applications from scholars from those and other relevant backgrounds.

The successful candidate will teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and they will be expected to develop an independently funded program of research. Candidates must be able to teach a selection of courses in criminology, and law and society, and must have strong communication skills as well as demonstrated success in developing students’ mastery of a subject and of the latest developments in the field.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in criminology, law, or a cognate social science discipline by the date of appointment, or shortly thereafter, and must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by letters of reference, teaching evaluations, dossier and/or syllabi submitted as part of the application. Candidates also must have strong evidence of research of an internationally competitive caliber, demonstrated by publications in leading journals in the relevant field, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, as well as research and teaching statements. If you have any questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online.

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the department via email to: by 15 September 2015.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

To apply online please visit

For further information on the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, please visit our website at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

2015 Law, Literature & the Humanities Association of Australasia Conference - "Complicities"

Thu, 2015-02-19 18:26 -- manager
DATES: 10 - 12 DECEMBER 2015
(With 9 December as a postgraduate day)
Complicity is a state of being complex or involved, and no matter where we are, or what we do, law is
part of our entanglement in the world. This conference will explore law’s complex relations with culture,
politics and capital. It will investigate law as an accomplice, as well as law’s role in shaping (and resisting)
certain problematic moral, political and material positions.
The LLH Association of Australasia invites scholarly and creative research from academics and graduate
students working at the intersection of law and the humanities, whether based in legal theory or in
disciplines such as literature, art, film, music, history, continental philosophy, anthropology, psychoanalysis,
visual culture, or cultural studies. Contributions may take a variety of forms from traditional academic
papers to poster presentations, video, or other genres or media.
The conference invites consideration of the following questions:
• What does complicity reveal about law’s methods and modes, its affects and effects?
• How are law’s genres, narratives, processes and images complicit in the creation of particular
imaginaries, materialities and practices of the everyday?
• How might we work within visual, narrative, creative and textual domains and devise strategies to
reveal and counter law's complicities, and acknowledge our own?
We ask you to make your own interpretation of the theme ‘Complicities,’ and invite scholars from a range
of disciplines to propose papers, complete panels and streams. Proposals should consist of a short
abstract (max. 250 words) and a short author bio. Please submit your abstract online at
Deadline for Stream Proposals: 31 March, 2015
Deadline for Paper and Panel Proposals: 1 May 2015
For all conference information including on-line registration, check our web site at this address:
And for further information, contact the Co-convenors, Dr Honni van Rijswijk and Associate Professor
Penny Crofts at

Mid-Winter 2015 Schedule

Tue, 2015-01-13 16:45 -- manager

Canadian Law and Society Association

Mid-Winter Meeting

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Concordia University

Hall Building H-767

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd West

Montreal, Qc


8:15 – 8:30   Welcome


8:30 – 10:00            Session One: Normativities, Competing and Harmonizing


Andrew Woolford (University of Manitoba), “Adjudicating Genocide Through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.”

Aboubacar Dakuyo (University of Ottawa), “La place des normes communautaires locales dans la mise en oeuvre de la justice transitionelle au Soudan du Sud.”

Sara Ross (Osgoode Hall), “Who wins the Waterfront: A sociolegal approach to port development, urban regeneration, industry and culture.”



10:00 – 10:15          Break (Coffee and refreshments)


10:15 – 11:45          Session Two: Representation I: Discourse and Lawmaking


David Howes (Concordia University), “Culture on Trial: Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act – A Legal Anthropological Critique.”

Marcus A. Sibley (Carleton University),  “Shifting the Frames: An exploration of (In)Visible Identities in the Canadian Sex Work Debates.”

Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu (University of Saskatchewan), “Indigenous Peoples’ participation in mining-related agreements.”


11:45 – 1:00            Lunch


1:00 – 2:30   Session Three: Representation II: Images and Objects


Michael-Anthony Lutfy (Carleton University) “Unmasking Dissent: The Criminalization of masks at protests.”

Dawn Moore (Carleton University) and Rashmee Singh (University of Waterloo) “Seeing Crime: Injuries, Images and Victims of Domestic Violence.”

Nicole O’Byrne (University of New Brunswick)  “Media Reactions to Louis Robichaud’s Programme of Equal Opportunity.”  

David Des Baillets (Université de Québec à Montréal), “Representing Canadian Justice: the Iconography & Symbolism of the Supreme Court of Canada.”


2:30 – 2:45   Break (coffee and sweets)


2:45 – 4:15   Session Four:  Rights at Odds


Terrine Friday (Osgoode Hall), “(In)formal legal Culture and Access to Information in Canada.”

Jennifer Raso (University of Toronto), “Tranchemontagne Revisited: Drawing Accessible Lessons from Administrative Aftermath.”

Sarah Hamill (University of Alberta), “The True History of the Public Right to Fish and its Implications.”

Ravi Malhotra (University of Ottawa), “The Litigation Strategies of Injured Workers in late 19th Century America: A Comparative Approach.”


4:15 – 5:45   Session Five:  Panel: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Public Health Imperatives in the Governance of HIV Non-Disclosure and the Policing of Sex Work


Martin French and Amy Swiffen (Concordia University), “Sero-politics: Population-level Data in HIV Non-disclosure Prosecutions.”

Alex McLelland (Concordia University), “Lock this Whore Up: Public Health Legislation and Other ‘Risks’ to Public Safety.”

Nora Butler Burke (Concordia University), “Opération Cyclope and the Everyday Surveillance of Street-based Sex Work.”




The CLSA Board Meeting will take place Sunday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to noon (room to be announced).

Osgoode Forum 2015 - Osgoode Hall Law School

Thu, 2015-01-08 17:45 -- manager

Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll


Subversive Sites in the Law

Change and stability, evolution and historical continuity, progress and constancy – these are conflicting demands that society and its members make of the law and legal institutions.  Knowledge accumulates, past truths are shown to be false, and historical anomalies come to dominate the present.  Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher stated that “everything changes and nothing stands still”.  If change is the only constant, how have, do, and should law and legal institutions respond, resist, react, accommodate, accept, or suppress social change and the agents of change?

Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll is a credo associated with counter-culture, subversion, and resistance. Subversive sites of contestation exist not only because of constant change but also because of the failure of law to capture and accommodate individual realities, complexities, and varieties. There are many sites where individuals have reacted against dominant social views, perceptions, prescriptions, and propaganda. Some pursue activities, practices, and social arrangements which are illegal, disruptive, or unsanctioned – recent examples being Occupy Movements in light of the 2008 Financial Crisis; Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution; Aboriginal blockades and Idle No More movements in Canada; homeless encampments; and polygamist communities.  Such resistance has resulted in positive social change as well as socially sanctioned violence, persecution, and prosecution. Others suppress desires and needs, hide actions, or suffer in obscurity.  The prevailing social approach, action, or reaction may create barriers, thereby excluding the rebels, disrupters, outcasts, abnormals, dissenters, immorals, and perverts from full participation in society.  

The 2015 Osgoode Forum takes a wide, inclusive, view of Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll:

·         Sex includes: sex; gender; sex selection; sexual abuse; sexual harassment; sex and gender bias/equity, sexuality; gender; sexual practices; sexual orientation; sex trade; and reproductive rights.

·         Drugs include: illegal drugs; war on drugs; legalization, regulation, and decriminalization; religious or cultural uses; medicines; patenting; indigenous or traditional medicines; regulation of food and natural remedies; medical research funding; availability of life-saving drugs; and mandatory vaccinations.

·         Rock ‘n Roll includes: Counter culture, subversion, and resistance; Performers, consumers, and property ownership; censorship; sponsorship; cultural appropriation; intellectual property rights - and many other sites that include, but are not limited to: territoriality; immigration; displacement; land claims; natural and economic resources; and social and ecological conservation.

If you would like to know how your paper fits into the conference topic, email a short description to

As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Osgoode Hall Law School, the 2015 Forum will focus on change and continuity in the law, and will examine how law is shaped by political, economic, and cultural forces.

We invite participants to reflect on subversive sites in the law in the past, the present, and into the future though proposals for papers, presentations, panels, and other interventions (including art-based and performance contributions) from Master’s and Doctoral students, artists, and activists.

Osgoode is committed to the promotion of interdisciplinary scholarship addressing the nature and function of law and legal institutions, and the impact of law in our changing world. We are eager to accept proposals from a range of disciplines intersecting with law, including: cultural studies, criminology, political science, health studies, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, and philosophy.



Submissions Guidelines


Please submit your abstracts in English to


Abstracts or proposals should be between 250-500 words in length, and should include:


(i)            your name,

(ii)          title of the paper,

(iii)         your organization or institution (if any), and

(iv)         a list of up to five keywords.  



The abstract submission deadline is EXTENDED: end of the day January 31, 2015.


Successful applicants will be notified by February 7, 2015.


Final papers (maximum of 15,000 words) OR Drafts (1,000-1,500 words) must be submitted by May 9, 2015, to allow for dissemination so that forum participants can engage with authors and provide authors with feedback and comments.


Information about the conference site, accommodations, conference fees, and programming will be provided before the abstract submission deadline at


Bourse d’études supérieures ou post doctorales : Partenariat de recherche En mouvement; volet des politiques publiques

Fri, 2014-11-28 18:33 -- manager

ÉCHÉANCE DU CONCOURS : 19 janvier 2015

MONTANT DE LA BOURSE : De 15 000$ par année à 40 000$ par année selon le niveau

DATE DE DÉBUT : À partir du 1er mars 2015 (flexible)

DURÉE DE LA BOURSE : Un à deux ans, selon le niveau


Le partenariat En mouvement : la mobilité géographique pour le travail au Canada est un partenariat financé par une subvention en partenariat du conseil de recherche en sciences humaines (CRSH) de 2,5 millions de dollars, sur une durée de 7 ans, qui couvre 17 disciplines et 22 universités au Canada et dans quatre autres pays (chercheuse principale Barbara Neis, Université Memorial). Ce programme de recherche examine la gamme complète des situations de mobilité géographique pour le travail, du déplacement quotidien de trois heures au travail étranger temporaire et ses conséquences pour les personnes qui travaillent, leurs familles, les employeurs, les communautés et les paliers municipaux, provinciaux et fédéral du gouvernement canadien.


Le (la) candidat(e) :

 Étudiera à la maîtrise, au doctorat ou au niveau post doctoral (inscrit(e) ou admissible) en droit, en économie politique ou dans un domaine connexe de recherche;

 Consent à contribuer au développement de la recherche et des activités scientifiques du partenariat En mouvement (volet politiques), tel que décrites plus bas, pour la durée de la bourse.

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’être bilingue, mais la maîtrise du français et de l’anglais serait un atout. Le (la) récipiendaire de la bourse aura une excellente maîtrise de l’une ou l’autre de ces langues.

Le concours est ouvert tant aux personnes détenant la citoyenneté canadienne ou la résidence permanente qu’aux non-citoyen(ne)s qui peuvent démontrer qu’ils ou elles sont en mesure d’obtenir la permission de résider au Canada pour une période d’un an pour des fins d’études.


Cette bourse est offerte grâce au financement du CRSH par l’entremise de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de la santé et de la sécurité du travail et du partenariat En mouvement.

Dans le cadre des activités du volet politiques du partenariat En mouvement, une bourse pour études supérieures ou post doctorales est offerte pour poursuivre des travaux de recherche portant sur les politiques publiques en lien avec les travaux en cours. Ce concours est ouvert aux candidat(e)s de niveau de la maîtrise, du doctorat ou du post-doctorat intéressé(e)s à poursuivre des études supérieures en droit, en économie politique ou dans un domaine connexe. Les candidat(e)s sont invité(e)s à soumettre un projet de recherche qui examine l’effectivité du droit (par exemple le droit du travail, de la sécurité sociale, de l’accès aux soins de santé) appliqué à la main-d’oeuvre mobile au Canada.

La personne retenue travaillera avec Katherine Lippel, Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, Faculté de droit, section droit civil, à l’Université d’Ottawa. Les principales responsabilités incluront le développement et la poursuite de projets de recherche, la rédaction de rapports et de publications, ainsi que la participation aux travaux de l’équipe dans le cadre du volet politiques du partenariat En mouvement, et d’autres activités connexes.

Pour plus de renseignements sur la Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, veuillez visiter notre site web à :

Pour plus de renseignements sur le partenariat En mouvement, veuillez visiter notre site web à :


Si vous êtes intéressé(e) à présenter votre candidature pour ce poste, veuillez envoyer votre demande avant minuit, le 19 janvier 2015 (HNE) par courriel à Marianne Corriveau, associée de recherche à la Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit de la santé et de la sécurité du travail à :

Vous devez envoyer les documents suivants :

1. Un CV à jour

2. Une proposition d’une page décrivant le projet que vous souhaitez développer

3. Une lettre décrivant vos intérêts et les raisons pour lesquelles vous souhaitez poursuivre cette opportunité

4. Un échantillon de vos travaux écrit en anglais ou en français

5. Deux références qui pourront être contactées au besoin.


Instructions supplémentaires :

 Votre demande peut être présentée en français ou en anglais.

 Pour assurer une cohérence du format, veuillez fournir des fichiers PDF seulement. Assurez-vous d’inclure votre nom de famille dans les titres des fichiers.

 Les demandes peuvent être soumises par courriel seulement. La ligne d’objet du courriel devrait indiquer Bourse d’études supérieures ou post doctorales (Ottawa) comme les courriels seront triés automatiquement.


Le non-respect des instructions pourrait entraîner le rejet de votre demande ou le risque qu’elle soit négligée.

Veuillez adresser votre candidature et/ou toute question à propos de cette bourse à Marianne Corriveau à :