Instructor(s): Simon Stern, Cheryl Suzack

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables (

This course is being offered exclusively remotely. This course will meet via audio-visual conference. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [].

Note: Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course.

The course provides an introduction to the field of law and visual culture. It asks how cultural productions, including media articles, documentaries, and fictional representations, prompt calls for historical redress. It aligns case law on residential schools with cultural representations to ask how fact-based justice is in dialogue with aesthetic forms. We will read some cases in connection with recent theories concerning the consumption and interpretation of visual materials, with an eye to questions about how courts are influenced by these materials, and how changing approaches to visual style and subject matter might present lawyers and judges with new perspectives on the legal issues raised by these cases.

Students will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2,500 to 3,000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


Via AV Conference:

Monday, January 4, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00
Tuesday, January 5, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00
Wednesday, January 6, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00
Thursday, January 7, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00
Friday, January 8, 2020: 9:30 am - 11:30 am