Peter A Allard School of Law

Feminist Law Courses

We are proud to say that the Peter A. Allard Law School offers ample opportunities to explore feminist approaches to law within the classroom.

We have dedicated feminist law courses (see below; please note that these course are not offered every year).

Feminist Law courses (2021-2022 Academic Year)

LAW 307: Women, Law and Social Change

This course examines the relationship between law and social change with a focus on historical and current struggles to make the legal system more responsive to the lived realities of women, taking into account differences among women and diverse gender identities.

Offered by: Professor Debra Parkes

Previously offered by: Professor Emerita Susan B. Boyd, Renee Cochard, Joana Thackeray and Jennifer Klinck 

LAW 401: Penal Policy

A seminar that evaluates and analyzes the prison system and the role of punishment in the Canadian Criminal Law system through an intersectional, anti-carceral feminist lens.

Offered by: Professor Debra Parkes 

LAW 349: Law and Inequality

This seminar explores the relationship between law and inequality, asking questions such as 'what role might law play in reinforcing and redressing different forms of inequality, including along the lines of race, class, gender, and sexuality'?

Offered by: Professor Yuvraj Joshi 

LAW 367: Reproduction & Law

This course investigates the many meanings of reproduction and its regulation in Canada and beyond. Special attention is devoted to analyzing how certain groups have been disproportionately affected by state policies.

Offered by: Professor Regine Tremblay


Feminist law courses offered in past years:

LAW 308: Feminist Legal Theory 

Recent developments in feminist legal theory.

Previously offered by: Professor Emerita Susan Boyd in 2013-2014

LAW 342: Topics In Comparative Law: Feminist and Queer Legal Theory

This seminar explored feminist theory and queer theory, and their relevance in law and application to law. 

Previously offered by: Régine Tremblay in 2018-2019

LAW 365: Women, Law and Family

Feminist and other critical perspectives on the relationship between unequal gender relations and laws embodying a concept of "family".

Previously offered by: Kasari Govender and Laura Track in 2014-2015

LAW 402:  The Law of Sexual Offences

This seminar explores current issues in the criminal law of sexual offences.

Previously offered by: Professor Janine Benedet in 2015-2016

We also have upper year courses that are taught by our feminist faculty members, which vary each year. These include: 

  • Jurisprudence & Critical Perspectives  
  • Ethics & Professionalism 
  • Family Law
  • Labour Law
  • Corporations
  • Evidence
  • Social Welfare Law 
  • Constitutional Law
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