Peter A Allard School of Law

Margot Young

Professor
B.A. (UBC), LL.B. (Toronto); M.A. (Toronto); M.A. (Berkeley)

Profile

Margot Young is Professor in the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. After studying at the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, and the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Young began her teaching career at the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.  In 2002, she moved to the University of British Columbia.

Professor Young teaches in the areas of constitutional and social justice law.  She was the Director of the Social Justice Specialization at the law school and has organized the Law and Society Speakers Series for close to a decade.  Professor Young served three terms as Chair of the university-wide Faculty Association Status of Women Committee.  She is a research associate with Green College, the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Centre for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC.

Professor Young’s research interests focus on equality law and theory, women’s economic equality, urban theory, and local housing politics and rights.  She is also working on the intersections between environmental justice, social justice, feminism, and human rights.  Professor Young was co-editor of the collection Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship and Legal Activism and was Co-Principal Investigator of the Housing Justice Project (HousingJustice.ca).  She is widely published in a variety of journals and edited books.

Professor Young is a member of the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Women and Law, the Review of Constitutional StudiesStudies in Housing Law and is on the advisory board of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. In 2016, she became co-editorship of the Law and Society Review.

Professor Young is active in a variety of professional and community organizations.  She sits on the boards for Justice for Girls and the David Suzuki Foundation.  She is Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-BC Office.  Professor Young works with provincial and national women’s equality groups during United Nation committees’ periodic reviews of Canada’s human rights record, travelling as an NGO representative to these meetings in New York and Geneva.  More specifically, she works with the BC CEDAW Group and the Feminist Alliance for International Action.

Professor Young is a frequent commentator in the media on a variety of issues to do with social justice and socio-economic rights issues.  Interviews include local, national, and international print, television, and radio coverage of key constitutional, equality, and civil liberties issues.

 

Courses

  • Federalism
  • Poverty and the Law
  • Charter
  • Social Welfare Law
  • Legal Institutions

Publications

Margot Young

Temerity and Timidity : Lessons from Tanudjaja v. Attorney General (Canada)

Full text: Les Cahiers de droit Volume 61, Issue 2, Juin 2020, p. 469-493

Jeannine Bell, Susan Sterett & Margot Young
“Editors' Note”
Full text: (2018) 52:1 Law & Soc'y Rev 5-6
Philippe Tortell, Mark Turin & Margot Young, eds.
Memory
Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018

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Phillipe Tortell, Margot Young & Peter Nemetz., eds.
Reflections of Canada: Illuminating Our Opportunities and Challenges at 150+ Years
Vancouver: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2017

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Margot Young & Sophie Bender Johnston
“A Tale of Two Rights: The Right to the City and a Right to Housing”
in Julian Sidoli, Michel Vols & Marvin Kiehl eds., Regulating the City: Contemporary Urban Housing Law
The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, 2016
pp. 11-39
Margot Young
“Charter Eviction: Litigating Out of House and Home”
Full text: (2015) 24 JL & Soc Pol'y 46-67
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Margot Young
“Guaranteed Annual Income: A Feminist Approach”
in Marjorie Griffin Cohen & Jane Pulkingham, eds., Public Policy for Women: The State, Income Security and Labour Market Issues
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009
pp. 204-225

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Margot Young,
“Fairness as Social Justice: The Gendered Lens of Citizenship”
in Janis Sarra, ed., An Exploration of Fairness: Interdisciplinary Inquires in Law, Science and the Humanities
Toronto: Carswell, 2013
pp. 361-371

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Margot Young
“Gender and Terrain: Feminists Theorize Citizenship”
in Margaret Davies & Vanessa Munro, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory
Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013
pp. 177-195

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Margot Young
“The Other Section 7”
(2013) 62 Sup. Ct. L. Rev. (2d) 3-48

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Margot Young
“The Other Section 7”
in Errol Mendes & Stéphane Beaulac, eds., The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 5th ed.
Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2013
pp. 653-698

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Margot Young
“Social Justice and the Charter: Comparison and Choice
Full text: (2013) 50:3 Osgoode Hall L.J. 669-698

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Margot Young
“Context, Choice, and Rights: PHS Community Services Society v Canada (Attorney General)
Full text: (2011) 44:1 U.B.C. L. Rev. 221-254

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Margot Young
“Insite: Sight and Sight Part 1 - Insights on Insite”
Full text: (2011) 19:3 Const. Forum Const. 87-91
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Margot Young
“Insite: Site and Sight”
in Michael Turner, ed., The Writers Caravan Anthology
Vancouver: Otter Press,, 2011
Margot Young
“The IOC Made Me Do it: Women's Ski Jumping, VANOC, and the 2010 Winter Olympics”
Full text: (2010) 18:3 Const. Forum Const. 95-107

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Margot Young
“Unequal to the Task: 'Kapp'ing the Substantive Potential of Section 15”
in Sanda Rodgers & Sheila McIntyre, eds., The Supreme Court of Canada and Social Justice: Commitment, Retrenchment or Retreat
Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2010
pp. 183-219

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Margot Young
“Unequal to the Task: 'Kapp'ing the Substantive Potential of Section 15”
(2010) 50 Sup. Ct. L. Rev. (2d) 183-219

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Margot Young
“Unequal to the Task: 'Kapp'ing the Substantive Potential of Section 15”
in Sanda Rodgers & Sheila McIntyre, eds., The Supreme Court of Canada and Social Justice: Commitment, Retrenchment or Retreat
Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007
pp. 183-219

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Margot Young
“Women's Work and a Guaranteed Income”
in Shelley A.M. Gavigan & Dorothy E. Chunn, eds., The Legal Tender of Gender: Welfare, Law and the Regulation of Women's Poverty
Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010
pp. 249-275

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Margot Young & James P. Mulvale
Possibilities and Prospects: The Debate Over a Guaranteed Income
Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, November 2009

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Margot Young
“Rights, the Homeless, and Social Change: Reflections on Victoria (City) v. Adams (BCSC)” Case Comment
Full text: (Winter 2009) 164 BC Studies 103-113

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Shelagh Day, Margot Young & Aileen Smith
Inaction and Non-Compliance: British Columbia's Approach to Women's Inequality: Submission of the BC CEDAW Group to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on the Occasion of the Committee's Review of Canada's 6th and 7th Reports
Poverty and Human Rights Centre, September 2008

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Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey, Gillian Calder, Angela Cameron, Maneesha Deckha, Rebecca Johnson, Hester Lessard, Maureen Maloney & Margot Young
“Postcard from the Edge (of Empire)”
Full text: (2008) 17:1 Soc. & Leg. Stud. 5-38

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Shelagh Day, Margot Young & Aileen Smith
Women's Inequality in Canada: Submission of the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on the Occasion of the Committee's Review of Canada's 6th and 7th Reports
[Ottawa]: Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), September 2008

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Margot Young
“Introduction”
in Margot Young, Susan B. Boyd, Gwen Brodsky & Shelagh Day, eds., Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship, and Legal Activism
Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007
pp. 1-19

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Margot Young, Susan B. Boyd, Gwen Brodsky & Shelagh Day, eds.
Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship, and Legal Activism
Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007

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Margot Young
“Successful Challenge to Indian Act Shows Value of Now-Defunded Program”
Full text: (August 24, 2007) 27:15 Lawyers Wkly. 10

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Margot Young
“Why Rights Now? Law and Desperation”
in Margot Young, Susan B. Boyd, Gwen Brodsky & Shelagh Day, eds., Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship, and Legal Activism
Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007
pp. 317-336

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Margot Young
“Blissed Out: Section 15 at Twenty”
(2006) 33 Sup. Ct. L. Rev. (2d) 45-69

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Margot Young
“Blissed Out: Section 15 at Twenty”
in Sheila McIntyre & Sanda Rodgers, eds., Diminishing Returns: Inequality and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2006
pp. 45-69

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Margot Young
“Charter of Rights”
in Susan Munro et al., eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 2006
Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2006
pp. 21-46

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Shelagh Day & Margot Young
Submission of the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action and the National Association of Women and the Law to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the Occasion of its Review of Canada's 4th and 5th Periodic Reports
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action and the National Association of Women and the Law, April 2006

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Margot Young & Shelagh Day
Women in BC: Human Rights Under Attack: Submission of The Poverty And Human Rights Centre to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the Occasion of the Consideration of Canada's Fourth and Fifth Reports on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Vancouver: Poverty and Human Rights Centre, March 2006

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Margot Young
“Charter of Rights”
in Susan Munro et al., eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 2005
Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2005
pp. 13-54

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Shelagh Day, Margot Young & Lisa Phillips
Civil and Political Rights in British Columbia 2005: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the Occasion of its Review of Canada's 5th Report on Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, October 2005

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Gwen Brodsky, Melina Buckley, Shelagh Day & Margot Young
Human Rights Denied: Single Mothers on Social Assistance in British Columbia
Poverty and Human Rights Centre, 2005

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Margot Young
“Section 7 and the Politics of Social Justice”
Full text: (2005) 38:2 U.B.C. L. Rev. 539-560

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Shelagh Day, Margot Young & Lisa Phillips
Women's Civil and Political Rights in Canada 2005: Submission of The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the Occasion of its Review of Canada's 5th Report on Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, October 2005

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Margot Young
“Charter of Rights”
in Susan Munro et al., eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 2004
Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2004
pp. 9-34

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Susan B. Boyd & Margot Young
“Éditorial”
Full text: (2004) 16:1 C.J.W.L. vi-xi

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Susan B. Boyd & Margot Young
“Editorial”
Full text: (2004) 16:1 C.J.W.L. i-v

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Margot Young
“Equality at a Standstill: Some Conclusory Remarks to the Forum”
Full text: (2004) 16:2 C.J.W.L. 414-418

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Margot Young & Susan Boyd, eds.
“'Marlee Kline Special Issue'”
Full text: (2004) 16:1 C.J.W.L.

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Margot Young
“Reproductive Technologies and The Law: Norplant and the Bad Mother”
in Mindy Stombler et al., eds., Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader
Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon, 2004
Margot Young
“Travels With Justice L'Heureux-Dubé: Equality Law Abroad”
in Elizabeth Sheehy, ed., Adding Feminism to the Law: The Contributions of Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé
Toronto: Irwin Law, 2004
pp. 287-301

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Shelagh Day, Margot Young, Patricia Cochran, Kelly MacDonald & Sharon McIvor
British Columbia Moves Backwards on Women's Equality: Submission of the B.C. CEDAW Group to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on the Occasion of the Committee's Review of Canada's 5th Report
B.C. CEDAW Group, January 2003

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Shelagh Day, Margot Young, Michelle Booker & Karey Brooks
Canada's Failure To Act: Women's Inequality Deepens: Submission of the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on the Occasion of the Committee's Review of Canada's 5th Report
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, January 2003

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Margot Young
Pay Equity: A Fundamental Human Right
Ottawa: Status of Women Canada, 2002

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Margot Young
“Making and Breaking Rank: Some Thoughts on Recent Canadian Law School Surveys”
Full text: (2001) 20 Windsor Y.B. Access Justice 311-330

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Margot Young
“Change at the Margins: Eldrige v. British Columbia (A.G.) and Vriend v. Alberta
Full text: (1998) 10:1 C.J.W.L. 244-263

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Ted L. McDorman & Margot Young
“Constitutional Structures and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam”
Full text: (1998) 47 U.N.B.L.J. 85-109

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Margot Young
“Sameness/Difference: A Tale of Two Girls”
Full text: (1997) 4:1 Rev. Const. Stud. 150-166

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Hester Lessard, Bruce Ryder, David Schneiderman & Margot Young
“Developments in Constitutional Law: The 1994-95 Term”
(1996) 7 Sup. Ct. L. Rev. (2d) 81-156

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Diana Belevsky & Margot E. Young
“Human Rights”
in M. Drew Jackson et al., eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 1996
Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1996
pp. 299-319

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Joel Bakan, Bruce Ryder, David Schneiderman & Margot Young
“Developments in Constitutional Law: The 1993-94 Term”
(1995) 6 Sup. Ct. L. Rev. (2d) 67-126

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M. Cheryl Crane & Margot E. Young
“Human Rights”
in Susan Munro et al., eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 1995
Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1995
pp. 215-236

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Margot Young
“Reproductive Technologies and The Law: Norplant and the Bad Mother”
in Lisa J. McIntyre & Marvin B. Sussman, eds., Families and Law
Binghamton: Haworth Press, 1995
pp. 259-281

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Margot E. Young
“Reproductive Technologies and The Law: Norplant and the Bad Mother”
Full text: (1995) 21:3/4 Marriage & Family Review 259-281

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Lisa Philipps & Margot Young
“Sex, Tax and the Charter: A Review of Thibaudeau v. Canada
Full text: (1995) 2:2 Rev. Const. Stud. 221-304

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M. Cheryl Crane, Bruce R. Grist, & Margot E. Young
“Human Rights”
in Susan Munro et al., eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 1994
Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1994
pp. 239-274

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Margot Young
“Starving in the Shadow of Law: A Comment on Finlay v. Canada (Minister of Finance)
Full text: (1994) 5:2 Const. Forum Const. 31-37

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Organization Affiliations

  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies

Research Interests

  • Human rights
  • Jurisprudence, legal theory, and critical studies
  • Law and society

Are social and economical rights an elective platform for advocating for the legal and political changes necessary to a just society?


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