The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies (CFLS)!

Many students are drawn to law school because they have a background in feminism and social justice, whether academic or activist, and want to learn how to do more. While many other students develop and interest in feminism and social justice through 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 the legal education context.

The CFLS provides opportunities for students, scholars and the wider feminist legal community to 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 feminist community.

We support students by providing a safe and inclusive space, networking opportunities, services, and events that pay particular attention to the issues caused by systemic forms of marginalization. You can find out more under Student Resources.

Students of all genders, identities, and orientations who support the aims of a feminist centre and who value equity and social justice are welcome to become involved in the CFLS community.

Members of the wider feminist community are invited to contact the CFLS if you are interested in presenting a lecture, collaborating with the law faculty, or being added to our e-mail list.

Chair in Feminist Legal Studies

The Faculty's endowed Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, established in 1992, 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.

News and Updates

For news and updates from the CFLS you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

For updates and posts by feminist faculty and students you can check out the CFLS blog!

We encourage students to contribute to the blog; if you would like to submit a post, please contact the CFLS!