Peter A Allard School of Law

CFLS Lecture Series

The weekly CFLS Lecture Series was started in 1997 to bring feminist legal scholars and lawyers from across Canada and abroad to UBC to share their research and insights with our community. Recent lectures have addressed topics from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to pay equity, the gendered impacts of mental health detention, and the politics of Black queer liberation. CFLS lectures are open to the University and wider community, so please join us!

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Monday, January 24             on Zoom

Legislating Emotion, Reading Grief: Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage and Stillbirth in New Zealand Law

GILLIAN CALDER, Professor, University of Victoria

Monday, February 7             on Zoom

Centre for Feminist Legal Studies and UBC Black Law Students' Association in Conversation with Celina Caesar-Chavannes

CELINA CAESAR-CHAVANNES, Sr. Advisor of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Initiatives and Adjunct Lecturer, Queen's University

Monday, February 14             on Zoom

Exploring the Law of Non-Consensual Disclosure of Intimate Images

CLAIRE FELTRIN, Lawyer and Founder of the Sexual Privacy Project
MOIRA AIKENHEAD, PhD Candidate, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Monday, February 28            on Zoom

Understanding Ableism at the University and in Law

JENNIFER GAGNON, Professor, University of British Columbia
KATHERINE BENSON, Co-Founder of the UBC Law Disability Alliance

Monday, March 14             on Zoom

25th Anniversary Celebration, Graduate Student Speaker Contest Winner

"It wasn't rape, it was BDSM!": consent, normality and sexual history evidence in Canadian 'rough sex' cases

SUZANNE ZACCOUR, Doctoral Candidate, Oxford University

Monday, March 21             on Zoom

25th Anniversary Celebration, Graduate Student Speaker Contest Winner


AILEEN EDITHA, PhD Candidate, Queen's University

Monday, March 28             on Zoom


DEBRA HAAK, Professor, Queen's University

Monday, April 4             on Zoom


JAMIE CHAI YUN LIEW, Director, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa

Wednesday, April 20            on Zoom


PASCALE FOURNIER, President and CEO, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation



CFLS Fall 2021 Lecture Series

Monday, September 27             in person and on Zoom

CFLS Lecture Series Kick-Off Event: Welcoming New Faculty Affiliates

LIORA LAZARUS, Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law
BRENNA BHANDAR, Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law
KRISTEN THOMASEN, Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Monday, October 18             in person and on Zoom

Reflections on the International Treaty on Violence and Harassment

SHAUNA OLNEY, Former Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch of the International Labour Organization


Monday, October 25             on Zoom

The Too-Real Life of Sandra Oh and the Challenges of Inclusion in Faculties of Law

KIM BROOKS, Dean, Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University


Monday, November 15             in person and on Zoom

A Look Back at 30 Years of Canadian Feminist Interventions in Sex Work Law and Policy

Mariana Valverede, Professor, University of Toronto


Monday, November 29             on Zoom

Vulnerability/Autonomy: Governing Potential Pregnancy

ALANA CATTAPAN, Professor, University of Waterloo




Given public health restrictions to combat COVID-19, the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 lecture series have moved online. This format allowed us to bring speakers from further afield, as well as close to home, together to bring their feminist insights on a range of topics.

Tuesday, February 8             on Zoom

17th Annual Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice: 

Say Her Name: Law and Activism at the Intersection of Race and Gender


DONNA YOUNG, Dean of Law, Ryerson University

(Co-presented with the Black Law Students Association at Allard Law)

Tuesday, February 2             on Zoom

Red Ticket Women: Revisiting the Political Movements of the Indian Rights for Indian Women Movement

GINA STARBLANKET, Canada Research Chair in the Politics of Decolonization, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary

(Co-presented with Indigenous Legal Studies and UBC Indigenous Law Students Association at Allard Law)

Tuesday, January 19             on Zoom

From Ideas to Action, Governance Paths to Net Zero - Virtual Book Launch 

JANIS SARRA, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia 

CHERYL WADE, Dean Harold F. McNiece Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law

RUVIMBO MUTANGADURA, Corporate Governance Specialist, Assuris

CAROL LIAO, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Centre for Business Law, University of British Columbia 

Moderated by: Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance

(Co-presented with the Centre for Business Law)


CFLS Fall 2020 Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 17             on Zoom

Have we learned from the past? Gender justice and international criminal law

VALERIE OOSTERVELD, Professor, University of Western Ontario

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Thursday, November 12             on Zoom

Smart Cities - Virtual Book Launch

ALEXANDRA FLYNN, Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

MARIANA VALVERDE, Professor, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

NATASHA TUSIKOV, Assistant Professor, York University

Moderated by Nabeel Ahmed

(Co-presented with the Peter A. Allard School of Law and the Centre for Business Law)

Friday, October 30             on Zoom

Fraser v Canada (2020 SCC) Panel: 20/20 Vision on Equality?

DANIELLE BISNAR, Partner, Cavalluzzo LLP 

FAY FARADAY, Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School & founder of Faraday Law

JENNIFER KOSHAN, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

JONNETTE WATSON HAMILTON, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

JOSHUA SEALY-HARRINGTON, Lawyer at Power Law, J.S.D. Candidate at Columbia Law School

MARGOT YOUNG, Professor, Allard Law, UBC

SONIA LAWRENCE, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Moderated by Debra Parkes

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Wednesday, October 14             on Zoom

Revolutionary Feminisms - Virtual Book Launch

BRENNA BHANDAR, Reader in Law and Critical Theory, SOAS, University of London (incoming Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC – January 2021)

RAFEEF ZIADAH, Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East, SOAS, University of London

AVTAR BRAH, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Birkbeck, University of London

LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON, Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist

AVERY GORDON, Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Visiting Professor, School of Law Birkbeck, University of London

Moderated by Asha Kaushal


(Co-presented with:

Indigenous Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law;

The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia;

The Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law)


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Thursday, October 1             on Zoom

Feminisms & Law 101

Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia - Professors:










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CFLS Spring 2020 Lecture Series

Our lectures are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend!

All lectures run from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 122 unless posted otherwise.

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Monday, January 13             *Room 123, Allard Hall

ALEXANDRA FLYNN, Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

City Parks as Persons: Legal Innovation or Colonial Appropriation?

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SPECIAL EVENT: 16th Annual Marlee G. Kline Lecture in Social Justice

Tuesday, January 28 6:00pm in DLA Piper Hall, Room 104, Allard Hall

Hon. LYNN SMITH, QC, Honorary Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Real Hate in a Virtual World; Misogyny in Cyberspace

(Reception to follow lecture. RSVP to

Monday, February 10

ANNA LUND, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

Book launch and lecture: Trustees at Work: Financial Pressures, Emotional Labour, and Canadian Bankruptcy Law (UBC Press, 2019)

(Co-Presented with the Centre for Business Law, RSVP to

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Wednesday, February 12     *Room 123, Allard Hall

CICELY BLAIN, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Vancouver

The Politics of Black Queer Liberation

(Co-Presented with Black Law Students Association and Outlaws)

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Thursday, March 5              *Lew Forum, Allard Hall

PAM PALMATER, Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance, Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University

SHARON MCIVOR, Instructor, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Moving Towards a Transitional Justice Plan to End Genocide in Canada

(Co-Presented with Indigenous Legal Studies)

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Monday, March 9

UMMNI KHAN, Associate Professor, Department of Law & Legal Studies, Carleton University

MAGGIE FITZGERALD, PhD Candidate, Department of Law & Legal Studies, Carleton University

Hey Baby! An intersectional Critique of the Anti-Catcalling Movement

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Monday, March 16 – postponed due to COVID-19

VALERIE OOSTERVELD, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario

Have We Learned from the Past? Gender Justice and International Criminal Law

Monday, March 23 – postponed due to COVID-19

CAMILLE RICH, Professor of Law & Sociology, Associate Provost for Faculty & Student Initiatives in the Social Sciences, USC Gould School of Law, University of Southern California

Stealing Democracy or Stealing the Vote? The American Welfare Queen Stereotype and the Myth of the Undeserving Voter

CFLS Fall 2019 Lecture Series

Tuesday, August 27

DAVINA COOPER, Research Professor in Law & Political Theory at Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

What if the State No Longer Sexed Us? The Political Implications of Abandoning a Regime of Assigned Sex/Gender Status

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Monday, September 16

QIAN LIU, Ph.D Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria and Graduate Student Fellow, Centre for Global Studies

Revisiting Feminist Ideals of Autonomy in Marriage Through an Asian Lens

(Co-presented with the Centre for Asian Legal Studies)

Monday, September 30     *Note: This Panel will be held in Room 123

SARAH HUNT, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, University of British Columbia

CARLY TEILLET, Community Lawyer, BC Civil Liberties Assocation & Lawyer, Carly Teillet Law

NATALIE CLARK, Associate Professor & Chair of the School of Social Work and Human Services, Thompson Rivers University

Justice is Calling: A Panel on Taking Up the Calls to Justice in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Final Report

(Co-presented with Indigenous Legal Studies and Moderated by Patricia Barkaskas, Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic)

Monday, October 7

LAURA JOHNSTON, Lawyer, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

Detaining Women for Their Own Good: Gendered Impacts of Mental Health Detention

Friday, October 18 *Note: not in the usual Monday timeslot

ORLY LOBEL, Professor of Law, University of San Diego

Knowledge Pays: Reversing Information Flows & the Future of Pay Equity

(Co-presented with the Centre for Business Law, PLEASE RSVP at

Monday, October 28

MEHERA SAN ROQUE, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia

Making Guilt ‘even more certain’: Gendered Inquiries, Credibility Judgements and the Kathleen Folbigg Inquiry

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Further information on the Folbigg Inquiry is available.

Monday, November 4

MINELLE MAHTANI, Associate Professor, The Social Justice Institute & Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty, University of British Columbia

Risk, Relation, Revolution, Repair: Refusing Closure, Accepting Ambivalence

(Co-presented with Indigenous Legal Studies)

Tuesday, November 5

MASAKO KAMIYAProfessor of Law, Gakushuin University, Japan

Sexual Harassment and Japanese Law in International Context

(Co-Present with the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, PLEASE RSVP at

Monday, November 18

ROXANNE MYKITIUK, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Accommodation in the Academy: Working with Episodic Disabilities and Living In-Between

Past Lectures

Lists and recordings of some past lectures are available below.


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