CFLS - Lecture Series


The weekly CFLS Lecture Series was started in 1997 to bring feminist legal scholars together from across Canada and abroad. Speakers offer a wide range of perspectives on various topics. The lectures are open to everyone in the University and the wider community, so please join us!


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

All lectures run from 12:30-1:30PM 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?


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

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)

Thursday, March 5                 *Room 123, 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)

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

Monday, March 16

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

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



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

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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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