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CSLS Speaker Series – CONSTANCE BACKHOUSE
Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
is pleased to announce the next speaker in the Fall 2018 CSLS Speaker Series
Constance Backhouse is Professor of Law and Distinguished University Professor at University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Presenting her research
“Lessons from Legal History for the #MeToo Movement”
The #MeToo Movement has raised hopes that the justice system may finally begin to respond to the needs of survivors of sexual assault. Yet the underlying framework that needs changing is our socio-legal understanding of the concept of credibility. This presentation will explore the historical foundations of credibility assessment, and the gendered assumptions that operate within a culture of pervasive sexual coercion.
It will examine a landmark Supreme Court of Canada case, Regina v. Hubin (1927), in which a series of judges articulated a draconian test that even they recognized denied 12-year-old Sophie Oleksiuk a fair hearing. The reasoning and rationale for their precedent-setting decision give us a clear view into gendered credibility-assessment and its impacts.
The presentation will then review the many subsequent decades of feminist law reform that have failed to alleviate such thinking, and speculate about what the future holds in the wake of #MeToo.
Please join us on Monday, October 29 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.
Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director
Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director
Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.
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