Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice

Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice

The 14th Annual Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice took place on January 31, 2018. 

Professor Jacinta Ruru of the Faculty of Law, University Otago, spoke on "Honouring our Ancestors in Law: Legal Personality and Indigenous Governance of Lands and Waters.”

Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui) is Professor of Law at the University of Otago, Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Centre of Māori Research Excellence and a fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Jacinta holds a PhD from the University of Victoria, Canada.


The Marlee Kline Social Justice Lecture honours the memory of Marlee Gayle Kline. This lectureship not only recognizes Marlee's rich contribution to the law school community but also reflects her belief in the central role social justice concerns must play in legal education and law.

Professor Kline died in 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia. Her work on feminist legal theory and critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law's continued colonialism, and restructuring of the social welfare state is internationally acclaimed.

The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies is pleased to present the annual Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice each Fall and to award the Marlee Kline Essay Prize to a deserving student (or students) each academic year. Marlee's library, which contains many volumes on the intersection of class, race and gender in the legal arena, is housed at the Centre.

Previous Marlee Kline Lectures Include (see blog for full list and information on upcoming lectures):

Kim Pate : “The Terrible Truth about Canadian Crime: No Justice for Indigenous Women”

Coleen Flood : “The Poverty of Health Human Rights in Canada”

Bonnie Sherr Klein : “I Am Who You Are”

Jean Teillet : “The Métis of the Northwest: Finding Justice for Invisible People”

Hester Lessard : “Jurisdictional Justice and the ‘Dream of Democracy’: Missing Voices in the Struggle for Insite”

Ruthann Robson : “UnSettled” – this presentation explores the links and dissonances amongst five colonial/post-colonial societies