Visiting Prof. Carolyn Strange: "Gay Village killings show there's still tension between Toronto cops, LGBTQ community"

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Faculty of Law was pleased to host Prof. Carolyn Strange, of the Australian National University School of History, as a visiting professor from July to November 2018. Before she returned to Australia, Prof. Strange wrote this piece in The Conversation reflecting on the historical context of the police response to serial killers of gay males in light of the charges against Bruce McArthur in Toronto.

Bruce McArthur, who allegedly lured men into sexual encounters, killed them and disposed of their bodies, faces eight murder charges in Toronto. The case has saddened and angered many, especially those from LGBTQ2S+ communities. They’ve accused police of failing to investigate the case seriously.

Some community activists believe homophobia and racism lengthened the time it took police to make an arrest. These accusations have triggered an investigation into previously unsolved murders of gay men in the 1970s.

Konstanze von Schütz

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Shared Authority and Divided Ownership in the Law of Property: Lesser Property Rights and the Numerus Clausus-Principle
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LL.M. University of Toronto, 2016
Second State Examination in Law (Bar Exam), Hamburg (Germany), 2014
First State Examination in Law, Hamburg (Germany), 2011
LL.B. Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (Germany), 2010
Awards and Distinctions
Helmut-Coing Scholarship for research at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt a.M.), 2018
Dean's Graduate Student Leadership Award, 2018
German Academic Exchange Fund (DAAD) Doctoral Excellence Scholarship, 2017-2018
Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst Scholarship for Talented Students, 2007-2011
German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) Scholarship for Talented Students, 2007-2009
Selected Publications

"Immanent Ratio Legis and Statutory Interpretation" in Klappstein, Verena & Maciej Dybowski, eds, Ratio Legis - Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives (Springer, 2018).

Research Interests
Civil Law
Comparative Law
Equity and Trusts
Legal History
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Property Law
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