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Le décret migratoire temporaire de l'administration Trump

Sat, 2017-02-11 13:29 -- manager

L'Association canadienne droit et société déplore le décret migratoire temporaire de l'administration Trump, qui a pour effet d'empêcher les voyages vers les États-Unis pour les ressortissant-e-s de sept pays à majorité musulmane. Une telle action arbitraire et discriminatoire entraîne de graves conséquences pour les personnes se trouvant à l'intérieur ainsi qu'à l'extérieur des États-Unis. La recherche et les échanges universitaires en souffriront incommensurablement. La stabilité de principes constitutionnels fondamentaux est en jeu. Considérant le principe de liberté d'expression, associé aux meilleures traditions intellectuelles et politiques américaines ainsi qu'aux idéaux constitutionnels, nous exhortons l'administration Trump à annuler ce décret.

CLSA Statment on US Travel Ban

Fri, 2017-02-10 12:46 -- manager

The Canadian Law and Society Association deplores the Trump administration’s temporary ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries to the United States. Such arbitrary and discriminatory action poses grave consequences for people both inside and outside the United States. Scholarship and academic exchange will suffer immeasurably. The stability of bedrock constitutional principles is in question. In the spirit of free speech associated with the best of American intellectual traditions and political and constitutional ideals, we urge the Trump administration to rescind this order.

Call for Applications: Post-Doc at UNB

Mon, 2017-01-30 16:10 -- manager

The Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick is accepting applications for twelve-month post-doctoral fellowship beginning 1 July 2017.  This postdoc is in conjunction with a SSHRC-funded Partnership Development Grant on “Unrest, Violence and the Search for Social Order in British North America and Canada, 1749-1878” and the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies. 

The fellow’s primary responsibilities will be two-fold:  1) work on a research project that is relevant to the theme of unrest, violence, and social order in British North America, and 2) work with the co-partners on the grant – Elizabeth Mancke (UNB), Jerry Bannister (Dalhousie University), Scott See (University of Maine), and Denis McKim (Douglas College) to edit a volume of essays coming out of a workshop on this theme.

At UNB, the fellow will be affiliated with Elizabeth Mancke, CRC in Atlantic Canada Studies, the Atlantic Canada Studies Centre, and the Department of History.  The compensation is $40,500. Potential candidates must be within three years of receiving their PhD and must have their PhD completed by 1 June 2017.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that includes a statement of their research program, and arrange to have three letters of recommendations sent by 15 March 2017 to:


Professor Elizabeth Mancke

P.O. Box 4400

Department of History

University of New Brunswick


Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A3  

Electronic Submissions are accepted:

Appel à communications -­‐ Symposium et Réunion d'hiver de l'Association canadienne droit et société

Thu, 2016-12-15 13:16 -- manager
Appel à communications -­‐ Symposium et Réunion d'hiver de l'Association canadienne droit et société
Nous lançons un appel général à ceux et celles qui souhaitent participer au Symposium et à la Réunion d'hiver de l'ACDS qui auront
lieu à la Faculté de Droit, de l’Université de Nouveau Brunswick à Fredericton, N.-­‐B., le 20-­‐21 janvier 2017. La réunion d'hiver est un petit rassemblement informel qui offre l'occasion idéale de réseauter avec les membres de l'ACDS de partout au pays et de s'impliquer dans l'organisation.
Dans le cadre de notre engagement continu et de notre réponse aux enjeux mis de l'avant par la Commission de vérité et réconciliation, le
thème de cette année est Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon (le mot en Wolastoqey qui veut dire «Changer les mentalités, Vivre la vérité »). Le discours thème, « Sāsipihkēyihtamowi: Restorying the Indigenous Feminine in an Age of Reconciliation », sera présenté par Mme
Margaret Kress (Centre Mi’kmaq-­‐Wolastoqey, UNB). David Perley, directeur du Centre Mi'kmaq-­‐Wolastoqey, et Imelda Perley, l'aînée-­‐résidente de l'UNB, seront les hôtes d'une cérémonie de bienvenue traditionnelle à laquelle tous et toutes
sont invité-­‐e-­‐s à participer. Les membres sont fortement encouragé-­‐e-­‐s à organiser des tables rondes ou des groupes de discussion mixtes autour du thème principal, ainsi que d'autres questions en lien avec l'approche sociojuridique telles que le droit et la
religion, les crimes et châtiments, les méthodes sociojuridiques, l'histoire du droit ou tout autre domaine de recherche qui est
d'intérêt. Les présentations de communications individuelles sont également les bienvenues.
Veuillez faire parvenir un bref résumé ou une description de votre table ronde, groupe de discussion ou communications individuelles
(jusqu'à 250 mots) à Nicole O'Byrne ( au plus tard le 20 décembre 2016. La réunion du Conseil de l'ACDS aura lieu en fin d'après-­‐midi samedi 21 janvier. Veuillez noter que tous et toutes les présentateur-­‐ice-­‐s doivent être membres de l'ACDS au moment de la réunion. Il n'y a pas de frais d'inscription, mais veuillez nous aviser si vous souhaitez participer. Nous espérons vous voir à
Fredericton en janvier !
Lyndsay Campbell,
Nicole O'Byrne,


Call for Papers – Canadian Law and Society’s Mid-Winter Meeting & Symposium

Thu, 2016-12-15 12:44 -- manager
Call for Papers – Canadian Law and Society’s Mid-Winter Meeting & Symposium
This is a general call for participation in the CLSA’s Annual Mid-Winter Meeting &
Symposium, which will take place at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick in
Fredericton, NB January 20-21, 2017. The Mid-Winter Meeting is a relatively small, informal
gathering and a great way to connect with CLSA members from across the country and to get
involved in the organization.
The theme for this year is Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon (the Wolastoqey word for Changing Minds,
Living the Truth) as part of our continuing engagement and response to the challenges put
forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Actions. The keynote address,
“Sāsipihkēyihtamowin: Restorying the Indigenous Feminine in an Age of Reconciliation,” will be
delivered by Dr. Margaret Kress-White (Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, UNB). David Perley, the
Director of the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, and Imelda Perley, UNB’s Elder-in-Residence, will
host a traditional welcome ceremony to which all are invited to participate. Members are
strongly encouraged to organize round table discussions or panels around the main theme as
well as other issues within socio-legal scholarship such as law and religion, crime and punishment,
socio-legal methods, legal history or any other research area that is of interest. Individual
submissions for paper presentations are also welcome.
Please send a brief abstract or description of your roundtable, panel or individual paper (up to
250 words) to Nicole O’Byrne ( no later than 20 December 2016. The
CLSA board meeting will take place late afternoon Saturday January 21st. Please note that all
presenters must be members of the CLSA at the time of the conference. There is no charge for
registration but please let us know if you plan to attend.
We hope to see you in Fredericton in January!
Dr. Lyndsay Campbell, President
Dr. Nicole O’Byrne, Vice-President (Conferences)
Artwork courtesy of Christi Belcourt

Tenure Track Legal Specialist Department of Criminal Justice-University of Winnipeg

Mon, 2016-11-28 13:35 -- manager

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1st, 2017, subject to budgetary approval.

The preferred applicant will be a legal specialist with an emerging research agenda in Canadian criminal law, criminal procedure and/or the legal system. The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in a field related to legal studies in addition to legal training at the LLB/JD level at minimum. However, legal scholars with an LLB/JD and LLM in combination with a promising research record and teaching experience will also be considered. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department is a small unit of eight faculty committed to a broad and inclusive approach to the study of criminal justice and is interested in fostering both critical and applied scholarship. The Department services over 600 majors, is active in research and places a strong emphasis on teaching. The Department seeks candidates with a demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship. A commitment to collegiality and self-governance is also important. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in criminal law and criminal procedure and overseeing the department’s legal curriculum. The University of Winnipeg is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized communities, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is initially directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University of Winnipeg is one of Canada’s leading post-secondary liberal arts institutions.

The University of Winnipeg is a leader in academic excellence in areas such as justice education, Aboriginal education, environmental studies & sustainability, and theatre & the arts. The University of Winnipeg is committed to improving access to post-secondary education, and has created an innovative Opportunity Fund to assist students who are under-represented to attend the University of Winnipeg. Candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; research agenda; sample publication or writing sample, official transcripts of all graduate level work, and three letters of reference.

Applications, citing this posting, should be sent to: Dr. Michael Weinrath Chair, Department Personnel Committee Department of Criminal Justice University of Winnipeg 515 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2B 2E9 Canada E-mail: Closing date for receipt of applications is January 31, 2017 or until such time as the position is filled.

Allard School of Law History Project LLM Scholarship

Thu, 2016-11-17 15:17 -- manager
Allard School of Law History Project LLM Scholarship
The Peter A. Allard School of Law is offering a one-year scholarship of $15,000 to support an LLM student during the 2017-18 academic year to write a thesis on some aspect of British Columbia’s legal history, with preference for a student working on the history of legal education or the legal profession and who intends to use the materials available through the Allard School of Law History Project.
Allard School of Law History Project
Through the generous donation of Peter A. Allard, Q.C., the Law School established the Allard School of Law History Project to collect, preserve, and communicate its rich history and the history of legal education and the legal profession in British Columbia. Using an online archive to allow broad access, the Project aims to capture something of the experiences of people who passed through the school as students, faculty, or staff, and of those who have made significant contributions to the development of the law in British Columbia.
This involves collecting documentary material and an ambitious oral history project. More than 40 interviews are already lodged in the UBC Archives and available on the Allard School of Law History Project website: Work continues to build the documentary and oral histories collection.
Allard History Project LLM Scholarship
The Allard School of Law History Project LLM Scholarship is to support a student working on some aspect of British Columbia’s legal history, preferably using the material collected through the Project in his or her LLM thesis, and, by doing so, contributing to the history of the legal profession and/or to the legal history of British Columbia.
To apply, include an expression of interest in the History Project LLM Scholarship in your LLM application (details below). If appropriate, provide details of the proposed use of History Project materials in the thesis proposal.
Please contact Douglas Harris, Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History (, if you have questions about the Allard School of Law History Project or the LLM Scholarship.
The LLM degree at UBC is a research-based degree that includes course work and a substantial piece of original legal scholarship in the form of a thesis written under the supervision of a faculty member.
The application deadline for the program beginning September 2017 is December 15th, 2016. Further information about UBC’s LLM degree and the admission process is available here:

Call for Papers for Mexico City meeting with LSA June 20-23, 2017

Fri, 2016-11-11 16:34 -- manager
Re. Call for Papers for Mexico City meeting with LSA June 20-23, 2017
We are pleased to announce that we are able to entertain a limited number of additional proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the CLSA’s annual meeting in Mexico City in June 2017. 
If you are interested, please do the following:
1) By November 21, send Nicole O’Byrne ( a Word document for your paper or panel that contains the following information: 

1. Title
2. Author(s)— for panels, distinguish between presenting and non-presenting co-authors 
3. Abstract (minimum 1500 characters for complete panels —the system won’t accept anything less)
4. Keyword selection (Primary keyword should be Canadian Law and Society, secondary should come from this list:

2) Each presenter must also set up a profile in the LSA system The panel can’t be entered into the system unless each presenter already has a profile set up. 

Call for Papers for an edited collection on Rape Culture on Canadian University Campuses

Tue, 2016-11-08 15:10 -- manager

Call for Papers for an edited collection on Rape Culture on Canadian University Campuses

Edited by Diane Crocker, Joanne Minaker, Amanda Nelund

In recent years, universities across the country have faced widely reported scandals attributed to “rape culture” on campus. While sexual violence and harassment have been issues for many years, it seems that incidents are beginning to garner more public attention and scrutiny. The wake of these incidents has generated a flurry of activity, including provincial legislation and university level policy and programming. This collection seeks to add scholarly voices to the national conversation occurring around this issue. The book will include chapters that address rape culture, sexual violence/harassment and safety on university campuses.

We invite empirical papers that document the nature of the problem, its effects, or efforts to change, prevent, or respond to rape culture on campus. We particularly invite research that documents students' experiences or universities policies or programs. We also welcome conceptual work that grapples with the meaning of rape culture, especially work that applies feminist theory to questions associated with violence, rape culture, and the post-secondary educational landscape. We encourage submissions from scholars working in a variety of fields to bring different perspectives to the many facets of rape culture and sexual violence. Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press has reached out to one of the editors and discussed the development of a book proposal.

The editors will develop the proposal based on submissions to this call for papers. Abstract Submission Process: Interested contributors should send a 300-400 word abstract and 100 word bio by Dec 12 2016 to

Book editors: Amanda Nelund is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at MacEwan University. She has published on the use of restorative justice for gendered violence and feminist contributions to public criminology. Joanne Minaker is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at MacEwan University. Her scholarly work examines the relationship between care and social justice. Her socio-legal research focuses attention on marginalized groups, such as criminalized youth (Youth, Crime and Society, 2009) and criminalized women (Criminalized Mothers, Criminalizing Mothering, 2015). Diane Crocker is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University. Her research focuses on the use of law and regulation to address social problems, particularly those that affect women. She is currently completing a project exploring students’ experiences of university rape culture.