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M Anne Bunting

Department of Social Science

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director, Socio-Legal Studies
 
Office: Ross Building, S732
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Annie Bunting is an Associate Professor in the Law & Society program at York University in Toronto, teaching in the areas of social justice and human rights. Professor Bunting is a graduate of York, having studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School (1988). She received her LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1991) and her S.J.D. from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (1999). The topic of her doctoral dissertation is international women's rights, culture, and the case of early marriage. She has published articles in Social and Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Society, Canadian Journal of Women & the Law, and chapters in various book collections. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Law & Social Inquiry and the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights.

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All Publications

Book Chapters

“Authentic Sharia as cause and cure for women’s human rights violations in northern Nigeria” in Rogaia Abusharaf (Ed.) Gender Justice and Islam (submitted to Univ. of Penn Press, 2009)

“Family Law’s Legal Pluralism: Private Opting-out in Canada and South Africa” in Albert Breton, Anne Des Ormeaux, Katharina Pistor, and Pierre Salmon (Eds.) Multijuralism: Emergence and Evolution (Ashgate Press, 2009) 77-98 [R]. [And translated into French 2010]

“Migrant Muslim Women’s Interests and the case of ‘Shari’a Tribunals’ in Ontario” (with Shadi Mokhtari) in Vijay Agnew (Ed.) Racialized migrant women in Canada: Essays on Health, Violence, and Equity (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008) 233-264 [R].

“Global Regulation and Local Political Struggles: Early Marriage in Northern Nigeria” (with Sally Engle Merry) in Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh and Ronald Kassimir (Eds.), Youth, Globalization, and the Law (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 2007) 321-353 [R].

“Child Marriage” in K. D. Askin and D. M. Koenig (Eds.) Women and International Human Rights Law Volume 2 (Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers, 2000) 669-696.

“Universalismus von rechts, links und, ‘queer’. Der rechtliche Kampf um homosexuelle Identitšt am Beispiel Kanadas” (Universalism under fire from right, left, and queer: Canadian Gay and Lesbian Legal Identity) German translation in Hans-Richard Reuter (Ed.) Zur Ethik Theorie der Menschenrechte. Zum Streit um die Universalitšt einer Idee I (“Ethics of Human Rights. The Dispute Surrounding the Universality of an Idea, Volume 1”) (Mohr Siebeck, 1999) 237-263. Translated by Jacob von Andreae.

Journal Articles

“Stages of Development: Marriage of Girls and Teens as an International Human Rights Issue” (2005) 14(1) Social and Legal Studies 17-38, Special Issue: “Sexualized Movements, Gendered Territories & Global Governance” [R].

“Complicating Culture in Child Placements Decisions” 16:1 Canadian Journal of Women & the Law (2004) 137-164, Special Issue in honour of Marlee Kline [R].

“Elijah and Ishmael: Assessing Cultural Identity in Canadian Child Custody Decisions” 42(3) Family Court Review (July 2004) 1-14 [R]

"Theorizing Women's Cultural Diversity in Feminist International Human Rights Strategies" (1993) 20(1) Journal of Law and Society 6-22 [R].
German translation in Ilse Lenz (Ed.) Wechselnde Blicke: Internationale feministische Theorie (“Exchanging Perspectives: International feminist theory”) (Opladen: Lesker & Budrich Germany: 1996).
Reprinted in A. Bottomley and J. Conaghan (Eds.) Feminist Theory and Legal Strategy (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1993) 6-22.

"Feminism, Foucault and Law as Power/ Knowledge" (1992) 30(3) Alberta Law Review 829-842 [R].
Reprinted in B. Dawson (Ed.) Women, Law and Social Change (Toronto: Captus Press, 1993) 215-219.

Conference Proceedings

“Bearing Culture: Women, Culture and International Human Rights” (2001) in Ontario Human Rights Commission, Advancing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Implementing International Human Rights Standards into the Legal Work of Canadian Human Rights Agencies, conference proceedings, 42-52 (plenary panel).

“Cultures of Peace, Cross-Cultural Challenges: Women’s Human Rights in Armed Conflict Situations” (2000) in Asia Women's Fund 99-7, Women's Human Rights under Armed Conflict Expert Meeting and Open Forum (Kyoto, Japan), 50-55 and 81-83.

Conference Papers

“Forced Marriage in Conflict Situations – Insights from Slavery Scholarship and Feminist Criminal Law” Canadian Law & Society Association annual meeting, Concordia, June 3, 2010

“Integrated Teaching Collaborations” co-organized roundtable discussion, Canadian Law & Society Association annual meeting, Concordia, June 2, 2010

“Family Law’s Legal Pluralism” invited Keynote Panel, Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS), Wilfred Laurier University, May 21, 2009

“Law, Societies, and Global Citizenship in the 21st Century” invited panellist, University of British Columbia, May 1, 2009

“Revisiting Questions of Women’s Rights and Culture”, Law & Society Association of Australia and New Zealand international conference, Sydney, Australia, December 10, 2008

“Gender and the Politics of ‘Traditional’ Muslim Practices” invited paper, Pembroke Center for teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, March 7, 2008

“Mediating cultural conflicts over women’s rights” invited plenary speaker, Conflicting Fundamental Rights, University of Gent, Belgium, December 15, 2006

“Family Law’s Legal Pluralism” contracted paper, Emergence and Evolution of Multijuralism, Department of Justice, Toronto, October 27-28, 2006

“Cultural Contests over Women’s Human Rights; Feminist Perspectives” invited panellist, MCRI Diaspora Project, Atkinson College sponsored panel Human Rights: Does One Culture Own the Concept, York University, October 30, 2006

“Social Transformation and the Judiciary – the Canadian Experience” Invited speaker, Black Law Students Forum, University of Cape Town, May 18, 2006

“Religion and Human Rights: Muslim Women’s human rights and family arbitration”, Faculty Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, April 19, 2006

“Religion and Human Rights: Muslim Women’s human rights and family arbitration”, Faculty Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, April 19, 2006

“The ‘tradition effect’ and early marriage in northern Nigeria”, Invited presenter, Gender and Politics of ‘Traditional’ Muslim Practices, Pembroke Center for Study and Research on Women, Brown University, April 14-15, 2006

“Private Ordering, Political Islam: Debates around Muslim family arbitration in Ontario” invited speaker, Univ. of Massachusetts, Law & Society Colloquium Series, October 27, 2005

“International Law and Feminism in an Age of Empire” Roundtable participant, Canadian Law & Society annual meeting, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. June 28, 2005

Comment on Sally Engle Merry’s “Human Rights and Gender Violence in the New World Order: Translating Culture” Harry W. Arthurs Symposium, Osgoode Hall Law School, May 5, 2005

“Competing Religious and State Interests in Family Arbitration – A comment on the Boyd Report”, Religion and the State Seminar Series, Centre for Public Law and Public Policy, York University, March 18, 2005 (with Professors Gavigan and Canefe as commentators)

“Constructing Muslim Families with/in Canadian Legal Cultures”, Regional Sociolegal Studies Conference, St. Catharines, May 10, 2004

“Disciplining Law: Socio-legal Research Within and Outside Law – Reflections on Fieldwork” Keynote Address: Osgoode Graduate Students’ Conference, Toronto, May 6, 2004

“Rethinking Approaches to Feminism and Law: Women and their Communities” Feminist Law Teachers conference, Toronto, April 30, 2004

“Human Rights and Early and Forced Marriages” invited paper to Technical Consultation on Early and Forced Marriages, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 13 to 16 October, 2003.

“Global Regulation and Local Political Struggles: Early Marriage in Northern Nigeria” (with Sally Engle Merry) presented at Rivers of Law conference, annual meeting of the Law & Society Association, Pittsburgh, PA, June 3, 2003

“Human Rights Contexts of Early Marriage in northern Nigeria” invited paper, Rights in Africa: New Contexts, New Challenges, New Agenda, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, May 9, 2003

“Alternative Family Law Practices: Mediating Family Disputes in Muslim Communities” invited paper presented, Justice Studies Program, University of New Hampshire, December 13, 2002

“Mediating Family Disputes in Toronto Muslim Communities”, Reach of Law, Law & Society conference, Vancouver, B.C., May 30, 2002. [and Osgoode Hall Law School, July 31, 2002]

“Women, Family Law and Islam: Possibilities, Limits and Challenges”, International Women's Day Round Table Discussion, Osgoode Hall Law School, March 4, 2002

“Future of International Human Rights Law” International Law Career Conference, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, March 2, 2002

“Are Shotgun Weddings a Thing of the Past? Marriage of Teenaged Girls in Several Canadian Provinces”, Law in Action, Law & Society conference, Budapest, July 7, 2001.

“Cultures of Peace, Cross-Cultural Challenges: Women’s Human Rights in Armed Conflict Situations”, Expert group meeting and Open Forum convened by the Asia Women’s Fund in Kyoto, Japan, September 14, 1999.

“Marrying the National with the International: Treatment of Marriage and Culture in Canadian Refugee Cases”, presented as breakfast speech to Canadian Council of International Law, Women and International Law Group, Ottawa October 16, 1998.

“Not a Minor Affair” Paper presented at Gender, Sexuality and Law: an international conference, Keele University, England. June 19-21, 1998

"Child Brides and Teen Moms: Cultures and Women's Rights" Annie MacDonald Langstaff Workshop, Faculty of Law, McGill University, January 21, 1998

“Liability of Private Actors for International Human Rights Violations” Panellist at Network on International Human Rights annual meeting, Ottawa May 13, 1997

“Developing Women’s Human Rights Across Cultures” Moderator and panellist at the Association for Women in Development Forum, Beyond Beijing: From Words to Action, Washington, D.C. Sept. 7, 1996

“The Culture of Consent: Consent to Marriage in Nigeria”, presented to the “Feminist Perspectives Bridge”, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Feb. 29, 1996.

“Pounded yam & Beverly Hills 90210: Reflections on Research in northern Nigeria”, Panel discussion at Praxis / Nexus: Feminist methodology, theory, community, University of Victoria, B.C., Jan. 20, 1996.

“Women’s Human Rights & Early Marriage in northern Nigeria” Presented at the international workshop entitled Women’s Rights Are Human Rights; Focus on Youth, York University, March 7, 1995.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOSC2350 6.0  Law and Society LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOSC3392 6.0  International Perspectives in Law and Society: Ethnographies of Rights SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOSC4370 6.0  State of the Art in Law & Society LECT Course Website 


Annie Bunting is an Associate Professor in the Law & Society program at York University in Toronto, teaching in the areas of social justice and human rights. Professor Bunting is a graduate of York, having studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School (1988). She received her LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1991) and her S.J.D. from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (1999). The topic of her doctoral dissertation is international women's rights, culture, and the case of early marriage. She has published articles in Social and Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Society, Canadian Journal of Women & the Law, and chapters in various book collections. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Law & Social Inquiry and the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights.


Professor Bunting is currently directing an international research collaboration on forced marriage in conflict situations. She recently completed a 4 year SSHRC-funded project, “Cross-Cultural Issues in Canadian Family Law”. She is the Graduate Program Director of the new program in Socio-Legal Studies at York. In 2008, she was the LSA program co-Chair with D. Marie Provine for the joint meetings in Montreal. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Professor Bunting has worked with a variety of human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch (HRW), Centre for Rights and Democracy, and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Her research remains on questions of women’s human rights, culture and religion, with a particular focus on Muslim women’s human rights around marriage.

Area of Specialization

Social Science


Degrees

Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), University of Toronto
Master of Laws (LL.M. with Distinction), London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London
Bar Admission Course , Law Society of Upper Canada
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Faculty of Arts (Philosophy), University of Western Ontario

Professional Leadership

2010-2011
Trustee, Law & Society Association (U.S.) by election
Board member, Canadian Law & Society Association (CLSA)
Executive member, Consortium for Undergraduate Law & Justice Programs
Vice-Chair, Program Committee for international joint Law & Society meeting in 2012
Editorial Board member, Law & Social Inquiry
Editorial Board, Muslim World Journal of Human Rights

2009-2010
SSHRC Committee #23 member for standard research grants
Trustee, Law & Society Association (U.S.) by election (LSA)
Board member, Canadian Law & Society Association (CLSA)
Advance Planning Committee for Law & Society joint LSA meeting in 2012
Executive member, Consortium for Undergraduate Law & Justice Programs
Editorial Board member, Law & Social Inquiry
Editorial Board, Muslim World Journal of Human Rights

2008-09
SSHRC Committee #23 member for standard research grants
Executive, Consortium of Undergraduate Law & Justice Programs
Board member, Canadian Law & Society Association (CLSA)

2007-08
Program Committee Co-Chair, Annual Meeting, Joint Meeting of the Canadian Law & Society Association (CLSA) and Law & Society Association (LSA), Montreal May 29 – June 1, 2008
Executive, Consortium of Undergraduate Law & Justice Programs

2006-07
Panel Organizer, “Legal Consciousness and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa”, including NSF funding for South African panellists ($6045), LSA Annual Meeting, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, July 2007
Program Committee, Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs (CULJP) Annual Meeting, University of Toledo, June 1-2, 2007
Program Committee, Regional Socio-Legal Studies Conference, Baldy Center, University of Buffalo, May 7, 2007

2002-04
Planning committee, Regional Law and Society meeting, September 19, 2003
Steering Committee, Human Rights Watch, Young Advocates – Toronto
Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Human Rights Foundation
Member, Program Committee, Canadian Human Rights Foundation
Canadian Human Rights Foundation, International Programming committee for strategic planning

2001-02
Member, Program Committee, Joint Canadian and American Law and Society Conference, "The Reach of Law", Vancouver, May 28-31, 2002
Planning committee, Regional Law and Society meeting, May 10, 2002
Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Human Rights Foundation
Member, Program Committee, Canadian Human Rights Foundation
Chair, meeting of Monitoring Project on Gender-Related Crimes at the ICTR

2000-01
Consultant, Gender review of the International Human Rights Training Program, CHRF (2000)
Member, Working Group on Engendering the Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Chair, meeting of Monitoring Project on Gender-Related Crimes at the ICTR

1999-01
Member, Women and Armed Conflict Coalition, Centre for Rights/ Democracy (1998-present)
Member, Working Group on Engendering the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

1998-99
Member, Working Group on Engendering the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Peer reviewing
SSHRC, Committee #23, Law, Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, Standard Research Grant adjudication, 2009 and 2010
Tenure and Promotion scholarship Assessor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (March 2010)
Tenure and Promotion scholarship Assessor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (Nov. 2010)
Editorial Board, Law & Social Inquiry, 2008 - present
Editorial Board, Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, 2004 - present
Aid to Scholarly Publications Committee (representing law), Canadian Society for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2003-05, renewed 2006-08

Manuscript review for Zed Press
Blackwell Publishing (prospectus review)
Canadian Journal of Family Law
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
International Sociology
Law & Society Review
Law & Social Inquiry
Thomson Nelson Press (manuscript review)
University of British Columbia Press (manuscript review)

Professional membership
Canadian Law and Society Association, member of Board of Directors (2003-) and member
Law and Society Association (U.S.), member
Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member (Barrister & Solicitor) since 1990


Community Contributions

2003-09
Rights & Democracy, Coalition on Gender Crimes in Times of Armed Conflict, member
Human Rights Watch Young Advocates (Toronto), founding committee member

1996
Public Housing Fightback, volunteer
Provided the coalition with pro bono research on privatization of public housing in New Zealand, England and the United States.

1995- 1999
Graduate Student member of the Sexual Harassment Hearings Board, University of Toronto

1989-1990
President of the Board, Working Women's Community Centre
Responsibilities included Program Services Committee membership, monthly Board meetings, ad hoc participation on special committees, and accountability to Centre's membership. Working Women's Community Centre is a community-based non-profit organization which provides essential settlement and self-sufficiency services to immigrant women.

1987-1988
Division Leader, Women's Division, Community and Legal Aid Services Programme, Osgoode Hall Law School
Co-founded and organized the legal aid clinic division for women. Managed cases in the areas of domestic work, immigration and domestic violence.

1987
Seminar Participant to Zimbabwe, World University Service of Canada
Conducted on-site research concerning Mozambican refugee migration to Zimbabwe and Zimbabwean refugee law and policy.

All Publications

Book Chapters

“Authentic Sharia as cause and cure for women’s human rights violations in northern Nigeria” in Rogaia Abusharaf (Ed.) Gender Justice and Islam (submitted to Univ. of Penn Press, 2009)

“Family Law’s Legal Pluralism: Private Opting-out in Canada and South Africa” in Albert Breton, Anne Des Ormeaux, Katharina Pistor, and Pierre Salmon (Eds.) Multijuralism: Emergence and Evolution (Ashgate Press, 2009) 77-98 [R]. [And translated into French 2010]

“Migrant Muslim Women’s Interests and the case of ‘Shari’a Tribunals’ in Ontario” (with Shadi Mokhtari) in Vijay Agnew (Ed.) Racialized migrant women in Canada: Essays on Health, Violence, and Equity (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008) 233-264 [R].

“Global Regulation and Local Political Struggles: Early Marriage in Northern Nigeria” (with Sally Engle Merry) in Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh and Ronald Kassimir (Eds.), Youth, Globalization, and the Law (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 2007) 321-353 [R].

“Child Marriage” in K. D. Askin and D. M. Koenig (Eds.) Women and International Human Rights Law Volume 2 (Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers, 2000) 669-696.

“Universalismus von rechts, links und, ‘queer’. Der rechtliche Kampf um homosexuelle Identitšt am Beispiel Kanadas” (Universalism under fire from right, left, and queer: Canadian Gay and Lesbian Legal Identity) German translation in Hans-Richard Reuter (Ed.) Zur Ethik Theorie der Menschenrechte. Zum Streit um die Universalitšt einer Idee I (“Ethics of Human Rights. The Dispute Surrounding the Universality of an Idea, Volume 1”) (Mohr Siebeck, 1999) 237-263. Translated by Jacob von Andreae.

Journal Articles

“Stages of Development: Marriage of Girls and Teens as an International Human Rights Issue” (2005) 14(1) Social and Legal Studies 17-38, Special Issue: “Sexualized Movements, Gendered Territories & Global Governance” [R].

“Complicating Culture in Child Placements Decisions” 16:1 Canadian Journal of Women & the Law (2004) 137-164, Special Issue in honour of Marlee Kline [R].

“Elijah and Ishmael: Assessing Cultural Identity in Canadian Child Custody Decisions” 42(3) Family Court Review (July 2004) 1-14 [R]

"Theorizing Women's Cultural Diversity in Feminist International Human Rights Strategies" (1993) 20(1) Journal of Law and Society 6-22 [R].
German translation in Ilse Lenz (Ed.) Wechselnde Blicke: Internationale feministische Theorie (“Exchanging Perspectives: International feminist theory”) (Opladen: Lesker & Budrich Germany: 1996).
Reprinted in A. Bottomley and J. Conaghan (Eds.) Feminist Theory and Legal Strategy (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1993) 6-22.

"Feminism, Foucault and Law as Power/ Knowledge" (1992) 30(3) Alberta Law Review 829-842 [R].
Reprinted in B. Dawson (Ed.) Women, Law and Social Change (Toronto: Captus Press, 1993) 215-219.

Conference Proceedings

“Bearing Culture: Women, Culture and International Human Rights” (2001) in Ontario Human Rights Commission, Advancing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Implementing International Human Rights Standards into the Legal Work of Canadian Human Rights Agencies, conference proceedings, 42-52 (plenary panel).

“Cultures of Peace, Cross-Cultural Challenges: Women’s Human Rights in Armed Conflict Situations” (2000) in Asia Women's Fund 99-7, Women's Human Rights under Armed Conflict Expert Meeting and Open Forum (Kyoto, Japan), 50-55 and 81-83.

Conference Papers

“Forced Marriage in Conflict Situations – Insights from Slavery Scholarship and Feminist Criminal Law” Canadian Law & Society Association annual meeting, Concordia, June 3, 2010

“Integrated Teaching Collaborations” co-organized roundtable discussion, Canadian Law & Society Association annual meeting, Concordia, June 2, 2010

“Family Law’s Legal Pluralism” invited Keynote Panel, Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS), Wilfred Laurier University, May 21, 2009

“Law, Societies, and Global Citizenship in the 21st Century” invited panellist, University of British Columbia, May 1, 2009

“Revisiting Questions of Women’s Rights and Culture”, Law & Society Association of Australia and New Zealand international conference, Sydney, Australia, December 10, 2008

“Gender and the Politics of ‘Traditional’ Muslim Practices” invited paper, Pembroke Center for teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, March 7, 2008

“Mediating cultural conflicts over women’s rights” invited plenary speaker, Conflicting Fundamental Rights, University of Gent, Belgium, December 15, 2006

“Family Law’s Legal Pluralism” contracted paper, Emergence and Evolution of Multijuralism, Department of Justice, Toronto, October 27-28, 2006

“Cultural Contests over Women’s Human Rights; Feminist Perspectives” invited panellist, MCRI Diaspora Project, Atkinson College sponsored panel Human Rights: Does One Culture Own the Concept, York University, October 30, 2006

“Social Transformation and the Judiciary – the Canadian Experience” Invited speaker, Black Law Students Forum, University of Cape Town, May 18, 2006

“Religion and Human Rights: Muslim Women’s human rights and family arbitration”, Faculty Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, April 19, 2006

“Religion and Human Rights: Muslim Women’s human rights and family arbitration”, Faculty Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, April 19, 2006

“The ‘tradition effect’ and early marriage in northern Nigeria”, Invited presenter, Gender and Politics of ‘Traditional’ Muslim Practices, Pembroke Center for Study and Research on Women, Brown University, April 14-15, 2006

“Private Ordering, Political Islam: Debates around Muslim family arbitration in Ontario” invited speaker, Univ. of Massachusetts, Law & Society Colloquium Series, October 27, 2005

“International Law and Feminism in an Age of Empire” Roundtable participant, Canadian Law & Society annual meeting, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. June 28, 2005

Comment on Sally Engle Merry’s “Human Rights and Gender Violence in the New World Order: Translating Culture” Harry W. Arthurs Symposium, Osgoode Hall Law School, May 5, 2005

“Competing Religious and State Interests in Family Arbitration – A comment on the Boyd Report”, Religion and the State Seminar Series, Centre for Public Law and Public Policy, York University, March 18, 2005 (with Professors Gavigan and Canefe as commentators)

“Constructing Muslim Families with/in Canadian Legal Cultures”, Regional Sociolegal Studies Conference, St. Catharines, May 10, 2004

“Disciplining Law: Socio-legal Research Within and Outside Law – Reflections on Fieldwork” Keynote Address: Osgoode Graduate Students’ Conference, Toronto, May 6, 2004

“Rethinking Approaches to Feminism and Law: Women and their Communities” Feminist Law Teachers conference, Toronto, April 30, 2004

“Human Rights and Early and Forced Marriages” invited paper to Technical Consultation on Early and Forced Marriages, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 13 to 16 October, 2003.

“Global Regulation and Local Political Struggles: Early Marriage in Northern Nigeria” (with Sally Engle Merry) presented at Rivers of Law conference, annual meeting of the Law & Society Association, Pittsburgh, PA, June 3, 2003

“Human Rights Contexts of Early Marriage in northern Nigeria” invited paper, Rights in Africa: New Contexts, New Challenges, New Agenda, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, May 9, 2003

“Alternative Family Law Practices: Mediating Family Disputes in Muslim Communities” invited paper presented, Justice Studies Program, University of New Hampshire, December 13, 2002

“Mediating Family Disputes in Toronto Muslim Communities”, Reach of Law, Law & Society conference, Vancouver, B.C., May 30, 2002. [and Osgoode Hall Law School, July 31, 2002]

“Women, Family Law and Islam: Possibilities, Limits and Challenges”, International Women's Day Round Table Discussion, Osgoode Hall Law School, March 4, 2002

“Future of International Human Rights Law” International Law Career Conference, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, March 2, 2002

“Are Shotgun Weddings a Thing of the Past? Marriage of Teenaged Girls in Several Canadian Provinces”, Law in Action, Law & Society conference, Budapest, July 7, 2001.

“Cultures of Peace, Cross-Cultural Challenges: Women’s Human Rights in Armed Conflict Situations”, Expert group meeting and Open Forum convened by the Asia Women’s Fund in Kyoto, Japan, September 14, 1999.

“Marrying the National with the International: Treatment of Marriage and Culture in Canadian Refugee Cases”, presented as breakfast speech to Canadian Council of International Law, Women and International Law Group, Ottawa October 16, 1998.

“Not a Minor Affair” Paper presented at Gender, Sexuality and Law: an international conference, Keele University, England. June 19-21, 1998

"Child Brides and Teen Moms: Cultures and Women's Rights" Annie MacDonald Langstaff Workshop, Faculty of Law, McGill University, January 21, 1998

“Liability of Private Actors for International Human Rights Violations” Panellist at Network on International Human Rights annual meeting, Ottawa May 13, 1997

“Developing Women’s Human Rights Across Cultures” Moderator and panellist at the Association for Women in Development Forum, Beyond Beijing: From Words to Action, Washington, D.C. Sept. 7, 1996

“The Culture of Consent: Consent to Marriage in Nigeria”, presented to the “Feminist Perspectives Bridge”, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Feb. 29, 1996.

“Pounded yam & Beverly Hills 90210: Reflections on Research in northern Nigeria”, Panel discussion at Praxis / Nexus: Feminist methodology, theory, community, University of Victoria, B.C., Jan. 20, 1996.

“Women’s Human Rights & Early Marriage in northern Nigeria” Presented at the international workshop entitled Women’s Rights Are Human Rights; Focus on Youth, York University, March 7, 1995.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOSC2350 6.0  Law and Society LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOSC3392 6.0  International Perspectives in Law and Society: Ethnographies of Rights SEMR Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/SOSC4370 6.0  State of the Art in Law & Society LECT Course Website