Many students who come to law school have academic and activist backgrounds in feminism and social justice while others develop an interest during their legal studies. At the Peter A. Allard School of Law, we have worked to create a space in which these commitments will be respected, encouraged and developed further in a legal education context.
The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies (CFLS) provides opportunities for students, scholars and the wider feminist legal community to come together, build networks, collaborate on research and exchange ideas. The work of the CFLS has been significant in ensuring that feminist and social justice issues remain visible at the Allard School of Law, and that the law school remains connected to the larger community.
We support students by providing a safe and inclusive space, volunteer opportunities, and services, with particular attention paid to the issues caused by systemic forms of marginalization.
Students of all genders who support the aims of a feminist centre and who value equity and social justice are welcome to become involved in the CFLS community.
Chair in Feminist Legal Studies
The Faculty's endowed Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, established in 1992 (first endowed as the Chair in Women and the Law), plays an integral role in reinforcing and strengthening feminist legal studies in the Faculty and helps foster and support scholarship and learning directed toward the ongoing process of social change in relation to the position of women in Canadian society. Professor Susan B. Boyd was the first incumbent of the Chair, and was also Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies from 1997 until 2012. The Centre welcomed Professor Debra Parkes as Chair in Feminist Legal studies in September, 2016 and as Director of the CFLS in January, 2017.