Inaugural Public Lecture for Janine Benedet

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 17:30 to 18:30

Topic: A Revindication of the Rights of Women

Speaker: Professor Janine Benedet

Professor Janine Benedet’s research focuses on sexual violence against women, with an overarching concern for sex equality in the law.  She has written widely on such topics as prostitution, pornography and sexual assault, including a series of ground-breaking articles on the sexual assault of women with mental disabilities (with colleague Professor Isabel Grant). Professor Benedet has also been involved in major test-case litigation on prostitution, serving as pro bono co-counsel for one of the interveners in the landmark Bedford v. Canada (A.G.) case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. Her current research concerns reforms to Canada’s prostitution laws in support of the abolition of prostitution, as well as the criminal law’s treatment of capacity and voluntariness in consent to sexual contact.

Professor Benedet joined the Allard School of Law at UBC in 2005, and currently serves as Associate Dean Academic Affairs and Co-Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies. Prior to coming to Allard Law she held a faculty appointment at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). She obtained her LL.B. from UBC and, after clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada, went on to earn LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, where she was also Visiting Faculty Fellow. At UBC, she teaches in the areas of criminal law, labour law, administrative law, professional responsibility and anti-discrimination law and was the Faculty recipient of the 2014 Killam Teaching Award.

The Inaugural Lecture tradition at the Allard School of Law celebrates the promotion of faculty members to full Professor with a public lecture addressed to the broad themes of their scholarly work.

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A reception will follow this lecture.

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