All Families Are (Now) Equal: MPP Cheri DiNovo speaks at the LGBTQ+ Workshop

Friday, February 24, 2017

MPP Cheri DiNovo (2nd from left) at the LGBTQ+ Workshop

By Haim Abraham 

On December 5, 2016, Ontario’s Bill 28, termed the All Families Are Equal Act (Parentage and Related Registrations Statute Law Amendment), 2016, received royal assent. The LGBTQ+ Workshop held a session with MPP Cheri DiNovo, who tabled the Bill, and Kirsti and Jennifer Mathers McHenry, whose story prompted its legislation.

IHRP director Samer Muscati calls for end of immigration detention of children, in Ottawa Citizen

Thursday, February 23, 2017

In a commentary in the Ottawa Citizen, International Human Rights Program (IHRP) director Samer Muscati outlines the problem of immigration detention of children in Canada and proposes solutions ("More than 200 Canadian children have been held in immigration detention since 2011. Let's end that inhumanity," February 23, 2017).

The op-ed is based on the IHRP report Invisible Citizens: Canadian Children in Immigration Detention.


Phil Fontaine, former national chief, Assembly of First Nations, lead negotiator of Indian Residential Schools Settlement, to receive honorary doctor of laws degree at Convocation

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Phil Fontaine

Larry Phillip (Phil) Fontaine, OC, OM, former three-term national chief of the Assembly of First nations and lead negotiator of the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement, former chief of the Sagkeeng First Nation, and former chief commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the law school’s Convocation ceremony June 9, 2017 for his outstanding commitment to community service and advancing Indigenous rights.

SJD student Andrew Flavelle Martin writes "Targeting a judge isn't OK, whether in the U.S. or Canada"

Friday, February 10, 2017

In a commentary in the Ottawa Citizen, SJD student Andrew Flavelle Martin discusses the danger created by cases in both the US and Canada where judges have been targeted by elected officials ("Targeting a judge isn't OK, whether in the U.S. or Canada," February 9, 2017).

Read the full commentary on the Ottawa Citizen website, or below.


Prof. Jutta Brunnée and Stephen J. Toope write "Whither the rule of law?" in the Globe and Mail

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Prof. Jutta Brunnée and Prof. Stephen J. Toope (director of the Munk School of Global Affairs) emphasize the importance of upholding international law in the face of U.S. President Trump's recent actions ("Whither the rule of law?", February 9, 2017). They conclude:

The winds are blowing hard right now. Laws limit our actions, yes. But they also protect us. The rule of law is not self-perpetuating. It must be defended, and not just by lawyers, but by all citizens who may one day need its shelter.

Prof. Brenda Cossman writes "We must do better for sexual assault survivors. The answer isn’t rocket science"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Prof. Brenda Cossman discusses ways to address the issue of the large number of sexual assault complaints being dismissed by police forces as "unfounded" ("We must do better for sexual assault survivors. The answer isn’t rocket science," February 6, 2017).

Read the commentary on the Globe and Mail website, or below.


Alumna and Métis Nation of Ontario President Margaret Froh: "It's a beautiful time to be Métis"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Métis Nation of Ontario President and alumna Margaret Froh, first row and second from left, with Indigenous students past, present and future.

Margaret Froh spoke at the Faculty of Law about the historical struggles of the Métis, recent legal victories, and what the future holds

By Peter Boisseau

Law in the Age of Trump - Panel Discussion - Watch the webcast

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Faculty of Law presents:

"Law in the Age of Trump” Panel Discussion


Monday February 6th

 at  4:10-5:30pm


Panelists:  Professors Lisa Austin, Jutta Brunnée, Anver Emon, Audrey Macklin and David Schneiderman

UTLaw students participate in first ever Canada-wide 'research-a-thon' to support a legal challenge to the Safe Third Country Agreement with the US

Friday, February 3, 2017
children with pro-refugee signs at a protest

On February 4, 2017, law students across Canada will unite in response to Trump's executive order banning nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries. This is the first time that Canadian law students have coordinated an effort of this magnitude.

"We currently have 36 U of T law students and alumni participating, as well as support from the library and Professors Stacey and Macklin. All 22 law schools across the country are participating, with a total of over 600 students," said Simon Gooding-Townsend, JD/Master of Public Policy Candidate 2017.