The Race and the Law discussion group at the Faculty of Law is devoted to bringing a critical race theory lens to the study, promulgation, and practice of law. This discussion group is offered at a time when the Law Society of Ontario plans to re-consider its diversity statement, when the profession struggles with a lack of diversity, and when access to justice is inversely correlated with race, class and other identifiers.  Bringing an intersectional lens to the study of law, the Race and the Law discussion group will introduce students to foundational texts in critical race studies and their implications for the study and practice of law.  In addition to providing a grounding in the language and analytic framework of critical race studies, the discussion group will also be a venue for racialized students and others to explore openly and in a safe environment the affective challenges that arise in professional cultures that construct professionalism in bleached-out terms. This is a non-credit, co-curricular activity.

  • Registration required. Register for each session individually, below.

Instructor: Professor Anver Emon, Professor of Law and History; Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law; Director, Institute of Islamic Studies.

Prof. Anver Emon

Session 1: Monday September 23, 2019, 12:30-2:00 p.m. - Click here to register

Session 2: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 12:30-2:00 p.m. - Click here to register

  • Bonita Lawrence and Enakashi Dua. “Decolonizing Antiracism.” Social Justice 32, no 4 (Winter 2005): 120-143.
  • Shiri Pasternak, “Jurisdiction and Settler Colonialism: Where Do Laws Meet?” Canadian Journal of Law and Society 29, no 2 (2014): 145-161.

Session 3: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (previously scheduled for Jan 23) 12:30-2:00 p.m. - Click here to register

  • Devon W. Carbado and Mitu Gulati, “The Law and Economics of Critical Race Theory,” The Yale Law Journal, 112 (2003): 1757-1828 (read only section I, pp. 1757-1766).
  • David Wilkins, “Fragmenting Professionalism: Racial Identity and the Ideology of Bleached out Lawyering,” International Journal of the Legal Profession 5 (1998): 141-173.
  • Hadiya Roderique, “Black on Bay Street,” The Globe and Mail, Oct 22, 2018.

Session 4: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (previously scheduled for Feb. 27), 12:20-2:00 p.m. - Click here to register

Session 5: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (previously scheduled for Mar. 26), 12:20-2:00 p.m. - Please note this event has been cancelled. 

  • I. Bennet Capers, “Afrofuturism, Critical Theory and Policing in the Year 2044,” Brooklyn Law School Legal Studies Research Paper (February 2019).