Peter A Allard School of Law

Janine Benedet

Dean pro tem and Professor
LL.B. (UBC), LL.M. (Michigan) S.J.D. (Michigan)

Profile

Janine Benedet joined the law school faculty in 2005 and currently serves as Dean pro tem. Her first stop after her L.L.B. graduation from UBC was a clerkship with fellow UBC alumnus Justice Frank Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada. That was followed by graduate studies – leading to both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. – at the University of Michigan, where she also taught as a Visiting Faculty Fellow. She practiced labour law in Toronto from 1997 to 1999, and was a member of faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1999-2005. She is a member of the British Columbia bar and engages in pro bono litigation in sexual violence cases.

Professor Benedet’s areas of teaching expertise include criminal law, labour law, the law of sexual offences and legal ethics.  Her current research focuses on sexual violence against women, including prostitution, pornography and sexual assault.  She is currently researching the barriers to successful criminal justice system responses to sexual assault for women and girls across the lifespan, as well as the use of criminal law to target sex buying and pimping.  She is an Associate Editor of the Criminal Reports

In 2014, Professor Benedet received the CBA BC Equality and Diversity Award, for her work in advancing equality within BC and the legal profession.

 

Publications

Janine Benedet
“Absence of Motive in Sexual Assault Cases”
(2019) 55 C.R. (7th) 18-21

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Isabel Grant & Janine Benedet
“Confronting the Sexual Assault of Teenage Girls: The Mistake of Age Defence in Canadian Sexual Assault”
Full text: (2019) 97:1 Can. Bar Rev. 1-42

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Janine Benedet
“Judicial Misconduct in the Sexual Assault Trial”
Full text: (2019) 52:1 U.B.C. L. Rev. 1-55
Janine Benedet
“Sentencing for Sexual Offences Against Children and Youth: Mandatory Minimums, Proportionality and Unintended Consequences”
Full text: (2019) 44:2 Queen's L.J. 284-314
Isabel Grant & Janine Benedet
“The "Statutory Rape" Myth: A Case Law Study of Sexual Assaults against Adolescent Girls”
Full text: (2019) 31:2 C.J.W.L. 266-292
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Isabel Grant & Janine Benedet
“Unreasonable Steps: Trying to Make Sense of R. v. Morrison
Full text: (2019) 67:2 Crim. L.Q. 14-41

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Janine Benedet
R. v. Tweneboah-Koduah”, Case Comment
(2018) 48 C.R. (7th) 288-296

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Isabel Grant & Janine Benedet
“Capacity to Consent and Intoxicated Complainants in Sexual Assault Prosecutions”
(2017) 37 C.R. (7th) 375-383

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Isabel Grant & Janine Benedet
“The Sexual Assault of Older Women: Criminal Justice Responses in Canada ”
Full text: (2016) 62:1 McGill L.J. 41-78
Janine Benedet
“The Paper Tigress: Canadian Obscenity Law 20 Years after R v Butler
Full text: (2015) 93:1 Can. Bar Rev. 1-37

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Janine Benedet
Bedford: The Pimping Offence Should Have Been Upheld”
(2014) 7 C.R. (7th) 57-58

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Janine Benedet & Isabel Grant
“Sexual Assault and the Meaning of Power and Authority for Women with Mental Disabilities”
Full text: (2014) 22:2 Fem. Legal Stud. 131-154
Janine Benedet
“Sexual Assault Cases at the Alberta Court of Appeal: The Roots of Ewanchuk and the Unfinished Revolution”
Full text: (2014) 52:1 Alta. L. Rev. 127-144

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Janine Benedet
“Marital Rape, Polygamy, and Prostitution: Trading Sex Equality for Agency and Choice?”
Full text: (2013) 18:2 Rev. Const. Stud. 161-187

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Janine Benedet & Isabel Grant
“More Than an Empty Gesture: Enabling Women with Mental Disabilities to Testify on a Promise to Tell the Truth”
Full text: (2013) 25:1 C.J.W.L. 31-55

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Janine Benedet et al.
“30th Anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: The Impact on Criminal Justice”
(2012) 91 CR (6th) 71-131

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Janine Benedet & Isabel Grant
“A Situational Approach to Incapacity and Mental Disability in Sexual Assault Law”
Full text: (2012) 43:1 Ottawa L. Rev. J. 1-27
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Janine Benedet & Isabel Grant
“Taking the Stand: Access to Justice for Witnesses with Mental Disabilities in Sexual Assault Cases”
Full text: (2012) 50 Osgoode Hall L.J. 1-45

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Janine Benedet
“A Victim-Centered Evaluation of the Federal Sex offender Registry”
Full text: (2012) 37 Queen's L.J. 437-474

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Janine Benedet
J.A: Consent to Sexual Activity Cannot be Irrevocable”
(2011) 84 C.R. (6th) 35-37

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Janine Benedet
“The Age of Innocence: A Cautious Defense of Raising the Age of Consent in Canadian Sexual Assault Law”
Full text: (2010) 13:4 New Crim. L. Rev. 665-687
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Janine Benedet & Isabel Grant
R. v. A. (J.): Confusing Unconsciousness with Autonomy”
(2010) 74 C.R. (6th) 80-85

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Janine Benedet
“The Sexual Assault of Intoxicated Women”
Full text: (2010) 22:2 C.J.W.L. 435-461

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Janine Benedet & Isabel Grant
“Sexual Assault of Women with Mental Disabilities: A Canadian Perspective”
in Clare McGlynn & Vanessa E. Munro, eds., Rethinking Rape Law: International and Comparative Perspectives
Abingdon: Routledge, 2010
pp. 322-334

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Janine Benedet
“'Welcoming the World to Vancouver': Temporary Foreign Workers on the Canada Line Construction Project”
Full text: (2009-2010) 15:3 C.L.E.L.J. 541-554

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Janine Benedet
“Paradigms of Prostitution: Revisiting the Prostitution Reference
in Kim Brooks, ed., Justice Bertha Wilson: One Woman's Difference
Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008
pp. 131-152

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Janine Benedet
“Probity, Prejudice and the Continuing Misuse of Sexual History Evidence”
(2009) 64 C.R. (6th) 72-73

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Janine Benedet & Isabel Grant
“Hearing the Sexual Assault Complaints of Women with Mental Disabilities: Consent, Capacity, and Mistaken Belief”
Full text: (2007) 52:2 McGill L.J. 243-289

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Janine Benedet & Isabel Grant
“Hearing the Sexual Assault Complaints of Women with Mental Disabilities: Evidentiary and Procedural Issues”
Full text: (2007) 52:3 McGill L.J. 515-552

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Janine Benedet
“Pornography and Prostitution in Canada: The Dangers Ahead”
in David Guinn & Julie DiCaro, eds., Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking
Los Angeles: Captive Daughters Media,, 2007
pp. 306-320
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Janine Benedet, Patricia Hughes & Kerry Rittich
“Equality in Employment”
in Labour Law Casebook Group, Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 7th ed.
Toronto: Irwin Law, 2004
pp. 812-912

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Janine Benedet
“Hierarchies of Harm in Canadian Criminal Law: The Marijuana Trilogy and the Forcible 'Correction' of Children”
(2004) 24 Sup. Ct. L. Rev. (2d) 217-241

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Janine Benedet
“Pornography as Sexual Harassment in Canada”
in Reva B. Siegel & Catharine A. MacKinnon, eds., Directions in Sexual Harassment Law
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004
pp. 417-436

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Janine Benedet, Patricia Hughes & Kerry Rittich
“Statutory Regulation of Employment”
in Labour Law Casebook Group, Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 7th ed.
Toronto: Irwin Law, 2004
pp. 750-826

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Janine Benedet
“Children in Pornography after Sharpe”
Full text: (2002) 43:2 C. de D. 327-350

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Janine Benedet
“Legal Rights in the Supreme Court of Canada in 2000: Seeing the 'Big Picture'”
(2001) 14 Sup. Ct. L. Rev. (2d) 97-109

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Janine Benedet
Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Minister of Justice: Sex Equality and the Attack on R. v. Butler©
Full text: (2001) 39:1 Osgoode Hall L.J. 187-205

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Janine Benedet
“Same-Sex Sexual Harassment in Employment”
Full text: (2000) 26:1 Queen's L.J. 101-141

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Janine Benedet
“On Indecency: R. V. Jacob
(1998) 3:1 Can. Crim. L. Rev. 17-59

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Janine Benedet
“Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment Claims and the Unwelcome Influence of Rape Law”
Full text: (1995) 3:1 Mich. J. Gender & L. 125-174
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Organization Affiliations

  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
  • Dean's Office

Research Interests

  • Criminal law and criminal justice
  • Labour and employment law
  • Law, gender and sexuality

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