Shaheen Shariff

Title: 
Dr.
Academic title(s): 

James McGill Professor

  • Director, Define the Line Research Projects
    • Project Director of IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus [SSHRC Partnership Grant]
    • Principal Investigator: SSHRC Insight Grant on Sexting and Cyberbullying
  • Co-Director, Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW)
  • Associate Member, McGill Faculty of Law and Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
  • Affiliate Scholar, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford University Faculty of Law
Contact Information
Address: 

Education Room 312
(514) 398-4527 Ext. 094764

Email address: 
shaheen.shariff [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Department of Integrated Studies in Education
Degree(s): 
  • Ph.D. – Leadership and Policy. Simon Fraser University, 2003. Supervisor, Professor Roland Case. Dissertation Title: A System on Trial: Identifying Legal Standards for Ethical and Legally Defensible Approaches to Bullying in Schools.
  • M.A. Education. Curriculum Theory in Education, Simon Fraser University, 1999. Supervisors: Professors Michael Manley-Casimir and Roland Case. Thesis Title: Managing the Dilemma of Competing Rights: The Case of the Three Books.
  • Bachelor of General Studies, Simon Fraser University, 1996.

Academic Affiliations and Associations

2010-2016 Affiliate Scholar, CIS - Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Stanford University Law School, California, U.S.A. 
2013 ongoing Associate Member, McGill Faculty of Law.
2006 ongoing Associate Member, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University, Faculty of Law.
1996-2002 Research Associate, Center for Education, Law and Society, Simon Fraser University.
Area of expertise: 
  • Policy development on intersection of law, education and technology (particular focus on law and policy relating to cyberbullying; social networking, including constitutional law (free expression, privacy; discrimination); tort law (cyber-libel and negligence); human rights law (cyber-harassment); criminal law (criminal threats).
  • Leadership and policy.
  • Diversity and pluralism (social, cultural and organizational contexts of education including ethnic, legal, gender and religious influences).
Current research: 

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Resource Website for Policy Makers and Practitioners – Define the Line

A bilingual interactive resource website for Legislators and Policy-makers, Teachers, Parents and Students, launched May 19, 2011. This is a Knowledge Mobilization Website under my current SSHRC Insight Grant and Facebook Grant.


  • Intersection of Law, Education and Technologies: Leadership, policy and curriculum pedagogy relating to the intersection of law, education and technologies. Research on cyberbullying; youth social networking, digital citizenship; media literacy; constitutional law (free expression, privacy; discrimination); tort law (cyber-libel; privacy; defamation and negligence); human rights law (cyber-harassment); criminal law (sexting and threats). Policy development includes student engagement; public legal literacy; youth rights and due process.
  • Diversity and pluralism: Legal, social, political, religious, cultural, educational and organizational contexts

Projects: 

Grants and Fellowships (Funding Received)

Grants Received as Principal Investigator

2016-2023 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Partnership Grant. Shaheen Shariff, Principal Investigator & Project Director. A multi-sector partnership to investigate and develop policy and practice models to dismantle rape culture in universities. 12 University Partners, 24 Co-Applicants, 13 Collaborators; 22 Community and Corporate Partners. (Award of $2,499,525 plus $3,299,773 cash and in kind contributions from Partners. Total Project: $5,799,298).
 
2015-2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Letter of Intent on SSHRC Partnership Grant Accepted. Shaheen Shariff, Project Director. Defining the policy lines: Examining the role of news and social media, popular culture and the justice system in reducing and mobilizing change, or sustaining sexual violence and rape culture in universities. 19 Co-Investigators, 15 Partners ($20,000). Invited to submit final application for $2.5 million due November 1, 2015.

2012—2017 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 5 Year Insight Grant,
Shaheen Shariff, Principal Investigator. Co-Investigators, Jamshid Beheshti (School of Information Studies), Victoria Talwar (Educational Psychology), Shauna Van Praagh (Faculty of Law), Franco Carneval, (School of Nursing) (all from McGill University), Tanya Beran (School of Medicine, University of Calgary), Michael Manley Casimir (Brock University). Defining the lines on cyberbullying: Keeping kids out of court by comparing legal responses with motivation, moral development and legal literacy of digital natives. ($498,000)

2012—2013  Facebook’s Digital Citizenship Grant, Shaheen Shariff, Principal Investigator. Defining the Line on Cyberbullying: Keeping Kids Out of Court by Comparing Legal Responses with Motivation, Moral Development and Legal Literacy of Digital Natives. One of 4 applicants who received this award globally. ($50,000)

2009—2012 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant, Shaheen Shariff, Principal Investigator. Co-Investigators: Tanya Beran, University of Calgary; Dawn Zinga, Brock University; France Bouthillier, McGill University, for the project: Developing an interactive virtual forum to study children’s on-line interactions and stakeholder responsibilities to promote cyber-safety for Canada’s youngest technology users. ($280,000).

2009—2011 Quebec Ministry of Education, Shaheen Shariff, Principal Investigator, for the project, Engaging Educators with Quebec’s Kids Through Teacher Education and Professional Development on E-Q-Kids Website to reduce Cyber-violence. Awarded under the programme de soutien a la formation continue du personnel scolaire. ($93,000).

2006—2008, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC),
Shaheen Shariff, Principal Investigator, International Opportunities Fund as Principal Investigator for an inter-university collaborative project involving 8 countries, for the project: Cyber-bullying: A project to address the policy vacuum & develop international  guidelines for schools. Ranked 4th overall. ($147,000)

2005—2008 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant, Shaheen Shariff, Principal Investigator, with Co-investigators, Margaret Jackson, Wanda Cassidy, Simon Fraser University, Colleen Shepard McGill Faculty of Law, for the project: Cyber-bullying: Are schools obliged to prevent bullying in a virtual school environment? ($93,000).  

2005—2007 Montréal Centre for Immigration et Métropolis (IM), as Principal Investigator, for the project:  Exploring legally defensible policy standards for Quebec educators: Safety, equality and citizenship through reasonable accommodation of students from diverse backgrounds. ($14,000).

2004—2005 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Strategic Multicultural Initiative, Shaheen Shariff, Principal Investigator, with Co-Investigators: Mela Sarkar, Michelle Hartman, McGill Faculty of Education and Institute of Islamic Studies, for the project: Investigating inclusion: From educational policies to practices. ($50,000).


Grants Received As Co-Investigator

2013—2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Advancing interdisciplinary research in childhood ethics: An ethnographic examination of best interests and moral agency. Insight Grant. Principal Investigator: Franco Carnevale, McGill University, ($439,231).

2013–2015 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Insight Development Grant. Youth On-Line: Children’s conceptions of on-line behaviour, cyberbullying and public versus private access. Principal Investigator: Victoria Talwar, McGill University. ($50,000).

2014–2019  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and International Development Fund (IDRC) Networks for Change and Well-being: Girl-led “from the ground up” policy-making: Addressing sexual violence. Claudia Mitchell, Principal Investigator. Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant with South Africa. ($2.5 million).

2012–2013 McGill Collaborative Research Grant as Co-Applicant. Claudia Mitchell, Principal Investigator. Social Policy ‘from the ground up’ through digital media: Youth, Participation and Social Change (South Africa and Canada) ($15,000). 

2012    Canada-India Center of Excellence for u-Health Research and Education (CuRE), Education Axis, as Co-Applicant. Principal Investigator, Antonia Arnaert. Letter of Intent Approved ($30,000).

2007–2010 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), as Co-investigator. Principal Investigator: Tanya Beran, University of Calgary, Co-investigators, Faye Mishna, University of Toronto, Ross Heatherington, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, for the project: The impact of cyber-bullying. ($183,000).


Grant Applications as Theme Leader, LOI Approved 

2013–2014 Canadian Networks for Excellence (NCE), as Invited Theme Co-Lead on Electronic Bullying, with Co-Leads, A. Wayne MacKay, Law Faculty, Dalhousie University and Faye Mishna, Dean of Social Work, University of Toronto. Letter of Intent Approved, Invited Final Application in progress. Theme 3: Cyberbullying Information and Communications Technologies. PREVNet. Research Plan, Building Healthy Relationships. Directors and Principal Applicants, Wendy Craig, Queens University and Debra Peplar, York University. 


Current Grant Applications (under review)

2017 As Co-Applicant under SSHRC Connections Grant: With UQUAM Researchers, Principal Investigator Manon Bergeron and Francophone Colleagues to organize a conference on Sexual Violence in Universities.


 

Selected publications: 

Refereed Books (Sole Authored)

Shariff, S. (2016). Sexting e Cyberbullismo: Quali limiti per i ragazzi sempre connessi? (Edra S.p.A, Trans.) Milano, Italy (Italian translation under rights from Cambridge University Press). (Original published 2015).

Shariff, S. (2015). Sexting and Cyberbullying: Defining the Line for Digitally Empowered Kids. New York: Cambridge University Press. Law Department.

Shariff, S. (2012). Ciberbullying: questoes e solcoes para a escola, a sala de aula e a familia. Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed. [Translation of Cyber-bullying: Issues and solutions for the school, the classroom, and the home, for distribution to schools across Brazil].

Shariff, S. (2009). Confronting Cyberbullying: What schools need to know to control misconduct and avoid legal consequences. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Shariff, S. (2008). Cyberbullying: Issues and solutions for the school, the classroom, and the home. Abington, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Frances Group). 
 

  


Refereed Book Chapters (Sole Authored)

Shariff, S. (in press, 2017). Clarifying Institutional Legal Responsibilities to Address Sexual Violence as University Contexts Expand Beyond Campus Borders to the Online Realm. In William Smale, Ed., 2017, Perspectives on Educational Law and Policy. Chapter 14. Word & Deed Publishing Incorporated. Expected Date of Publication, Fall, 2017.

Shariff, S. (in press, 2017). Defining the lines on rape culture in universities: A sustainable partnered approach. In D. Crocker, J. Minaker, & A. Nelund, (Eds.), An edited collectionRape culture on Canadian university campuses. McGill-Queens Press.

Shariff, S. (2013). Courting Digital Citizenship: Keeping kids out of court. In (Ria Hanewald, Deakin University, Ed, 2013). From Cyber Bullying to Cyber Safety: Issues and approaches in educational contexts. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NSW: Australia, Ch. 10:169-191.

Shariff, S. (2012). Defining the Line: From Cyber-bullying to Digital Citizenship. In J. Beheshti & A. Large (Eds.), Children’s Information Behaviour. Scarecrow Press. Ch. 9: 195-212.


Refereed Journal Articles (Co-Authored) [*indicates graduate student mentorship]

Refereed Journal Special Edited Issue on Sexual Violence in Universities (In Press)

Shariff, S. (Ed.) and (**Jaswal, N., and *Dietzel, C., Co-Eds) (in press). [Special Issue]: IMPACTS: Responding to Legal and Educational Dilemmas in Addressing Sexual Violence in Universities. Education & Law Journal. 27:1 ELJ.

Articles submitted within Special Issue (Co-authored or co-edited by my Graduate* and Law** Students and Colleagues).

*Briones, E. (legal case discussion by Shariff, S.) (in press). Beyond Braces, Fillings, and Extractions: A social justice-oriented educational response. [Special Issue]: IMPACTS: Responding to Legal and Educational Dilemmas in Addressing Sexual Violence in Universities. Education & Law Journal. 27:1 ELJ.

*Garcia, C. and *Vemuri, A. (in press). Theorizing Rape Culture: How Law, Policy and Educational Support Can Help End Sexual Violence. [Special Issue]: IMPACTS: Responding to Legal and Educational Dilemmas in Addressing Sexual Violence in Universities. Education & Law Journal. 27:1 ELJ.

*Lewington, S. and *Hutcheson, S. (in press). Navigating the Labyrinth: Policy Barriers to International Students’Reporting of Sexual Assault in Canada and the United States. [Special Issue]: IMPACTS: Responding to Legal and Educational Dilemmas in Addressing Sexual Violence in Universities. Education & Law Journal.    27:1 ELJ.

Rubineau, B. and Jaswal, N.,** (in press). Response is Not Prevention: Management Insights for Reducing Campus Sexual Assault.  [Special Issue]: IMPACTS: Responding to Legal and Educational Dilemmas in Addressing Sexual Violence in Universities. Education & Law Journal. 27:1 ELJ.

Shariff, S. (in press). Navigating the Minefield of Sexual Violence Policy in Expanding “University Contexts." [Special Issue]: IMPACTS: Responding to Legal and Educational Dilemmas in Addressing Sexual Violence    in Universities. Education & Law Journal. 27:1 ELJ.

Shariff, S. & Eltis, K. (in press). Addressing Online Sexual Violence: An Opportunity for Partnerships   between Law   and Education. [Special Issue]: IMPACTS: Responding to Legal and Educational Dilemmas in Addressing Sexual Violence in Universities. Education & Law Journal. 27:1 ELJ

Shariff, S., & Wiseman, A. (2016). Supporting survivors: A strategic model to address rape culture in universities. Journal of Psychotherapy and Counseling Psychology Reflections, 1,(2), 5-12.

Talwar, V., Gomez-Garibello, C., and Shariff, S. (2014). Adolescents’ Moral Evaluations and Ratings of Cyber-bullying: The effect of veracity and Intentionality behind the event. Computers in Human Behaviour. CHB2630. 36C (2014), pp.122-128 DOI information: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.03.046

*Gomez-Garibello, C., Shariff, S., McConnell, M., Talwar, V. (2012). Adolescents’ Evaluation of Cyberbullying Events. Alberta Journal of Educational Research. Alberta Journal of Educational Research. North America, 58, Nov. 2012. 

Shariff, S., *Wiseman, A., and *Crestohl, L. (2012). Defining the Lines between Children’s Vulnerability to Cyberbullying and the Open Court Principle: Implications of A.B. v. Bragg Communications Inc. Education & Law Journal. Vol. 21.3, 231 – 262. Carswell.

*Retter, C. and Shariff, S. (2012). A Delicate Balance: Defining the Line Between Open Civil Proceedings and the Protection of Children in the Online Digital Era. Canadian Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 10, No. 2., 232-262. Carswell. 

Beran T., Stanton L, Hetherington R, Mishna F, Shariff S. (2012). Development of the Bullying and Health Experiences Scale Interact. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). J. Med Res 2012; 1(2):e13.

Shariff, S., & Hoff, D. L. (2007, January). Cyber-bullying: Clarifying legal boundaries for school supervision in cyberspace.  International Journal of Cyber Criminology.

Shariff, S., & *Johnny, L. (2007). Cyber-libel and cyber-bullying: Can schools protect student reputations and free-expression in virtual environments? Education & Law Journal, 16 (3), 307-342. 

Shariff, S., & *Gouin, R. (2006). Cyber-dilemmas: Gendered hierarchies, new technologies and cyber-safety in schools. Atlantis - A Women’s Studies Journal, 31 (1), 26-36. 

Shariff, S., Case, R., & LaRocque, L. (2001).Begging the questions: The Court of Appeal decision in the Surrey school board controversy. Education & Law Journal, 11 (1), 85-111.

Shariff, S., Case, R., & Manley-Casimir, M. E. (2000, January).Balancing rights in education: Surrey school board’s book ban. Education & Law Journal, 10 (1), 47-105. 


Book Reviews in Peer Reviewed Journals

Shariff, S. (2013). Review of Patchin, J.W. and Hinduja, S. (Eds. 2012), Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives. New York and London: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). New Media and Society.February 2013 vol. 15 no. 1 154-156.

Shariff, S. (2005). Review of Paul Anisef’s Managing two worlds: The experiences and concerns of immigrant youth in Ontario]. Journal of International Migration, 5 (4), 515-517. 


Selected Invited Articles, Op-Eds., Blogs and Encyclopaedia Contributions

Shariff, S. (2016, November 1). Sexual violence and difficult boundaries to define. La Presse. www.lapresse.ca/debats/votre-opinion/201610/31/01-5036210-violence-sexuelle-des-frontieres-difficiles-adefinir.php

Shariff, S. and Chan, K. (Tuesday, November 19, 2013). Canada needs a sweeping strategy to fight cyberbullying. The Globe and Mail. www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/canada-needs-a-sweeping-strategy-to-fight-cyberbullying/article15505007/

Shariff, S. and Retter, C. (2012). Confronting Cyberbullying: Defining the Lines between Ethical Choices and Jail Terms. Cambridge University Press Legal Department. 

Shariff, S. (2011). Defining the Lines on Cyberbullying: Navigating a balance between child protection, privacy, autonomy and informed policy. Commentary, Research Watch, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy.

Shariff, S. (2008). Cyber-bullying and girl culture. In C. Mitchell C. & J. Reid-Walsh (Eds.), Girl Culture: An encyclopaedia. Westport, CT. USA: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Shariff, S. (2006, October). Report on Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) and McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Summer Institute held at McGill University, August 2006. 

Shariff, S. (2006, March). Cyber-bullying: Emerging trend. The Asian Outlook, 1 (2),14. 

Shariff, S. (2004, March). A call for academics: Globalization and retirement create opportunities for new educational paradigms. The Ismaili Canada, 24-25. 

Shariff, S. (2001). The Charter of Rights and Freedoms: The case of school censorship. [Special Issue:  Legal issues in education]. Orbit, 32 (2), 7-10. 

Selected talks and presentations: 

(since 2010)

Invited Keynote Presentations

International Keynotes

Shariff, S. (2017, June). Keynote Invitation: International Association of Women Judges conference. Topic: Sensitizing Judges on Sexual Violence and Shifting Societal Norms on Social Media. Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2015, July). Keynote Invitation, Defining the lines on cyberbullying and non-consensual distribution of intimate online images. 8th Annual Conference on Girl-Bullying Conference, Developmental Resources, stopbullying.org. Niagara Falls, Canada.

Shariff, S. (2015, June). Keynote Invitation, Defining the lines on cyberbullying and non-consensual distribution of intimate online images. 8th Annual Conference on Girl-Bullying Conference, Developmental Resources, stopbullying.org. Atlanta, USA.

Shariff, S. (2015, June). Keynote Invitation, Defining the lines on cyberbullying and non-consensual distribution of intimate online images. 8th Annual Conference on Girl-Bullying Conference, Developmental Resources, stopbullying.org. Las Vegas, USA.

Shariff, S. (March, 2014). Keynote Invitation. Defining the Lines on Cyberbullying and Sexual Harassment: Canada’s proposed legal and policy approach. Oxford Cyber Harassment Research Symposium. St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Shariff, S. (2013 and 2011, September), Keynote Invitation. Define the Line: Identifying boundaries between Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship. SABER, Brazilian Education Congress. Sindicato dos Estabelecimentos de Ensino no Estado de São PauloLearning and Teaching with Happiness: The SABER in search of well-being. September 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil [Unable to travel on dates requested, planning alternate dates].

Shariff, S. (2012, July). Keynote Presentation. Defining the Lines on Cyberbullying through Engagement with Digital Natives: 34th International School of Psychology Association (ISPA) Conference, Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2012, July). Keynote Presentation. Global Mapping of Cyberbullying. UNICEF Research Centre, Florence, Italy.

Shariff, S. (2012, June). Keynote Presentation. Defining the Line on International Cyberbullying Policy. International COST Conference on Cyberbullying and Policy Development. Sorbonne, Paris, France. 

Shariff, S. (2012, March). Keynote presentation. Global Mapping of Cyberbullying. UNICEF Headquarters. New York, U.S.A.

Shariff, S. (2010, April). Keynote. Navigating the Maze: Cyber-safety and wellbeing solutions for schools. National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB), Melbourne, Australia (Video Webcast). http://www.ncab.org.au/Page.aspx?ID=148.  


Selected National Keynotes

Shariff, S. (Upcoming 2017, Dec. 7-8). Keynote: A partnered approach to sexual violence policy in universities. National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault for Higher Education Administrators. Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, Ontario, Canada.
 
Shariff, S. (2015, November 20): Keynote: A partnered approach to sexual violence policy in Universities. It’s Never Okay Summit on Sexual Violence. Theme Topic: Seeding Generational Change. Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Ontario, Canada.
 
Shariff, S. (2015, September 24). Keynote: A partnered approach to sexual violence policy in universities. National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault for Higher Education Administrators. Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, Ontario, Canada.

Shariff, S. (May, 2014). Keynote. Conference on Cyberbullying. Government of Manitoba, Safe Schools Conference. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Shariff, S. (April, 2013). Keynote. Impact of Cyberbullying. Cyber Violence: National victims of Crime Conference. Belleville, Ontario.

Shariff, S. (September, 2012). Keynote. Impact of Cyberbullying. The OACCPP 34th Conference on Mental Health. Creating Connections Building Bridges, Toronto, Ontario.

Shariff, S. (February, 2012). Keynote. Digital Citizenship and Policy on Girls and Cyberbullying. Canadian Women’s Foundation Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Shariff, S. (March, 2012). Keynote. Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child/Laboratoire de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les droits de l’enfant at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Shariff, S. (November, 2010). Keynote. Cyberbullying, Cyber-libel, or Cyber-Jokes? Pearls of Policing Conference, International Pearl Fishers Action Learning Group (IALG). Kingbridge, Ontario. 


Selected Invited Local Keynote and Theoretical Presentations

Shariff, S. (October, 2017). Invited Instructor for Visiting Chinese Judges: CIAJ, Faculty de droit, Universite de Montreal. Topic: Cyberbullying, Sexting, Sexual Violence and Social Justice.

Shariff, S. (2016, November). Keynote: Discussion of SSHRC Partnership project: Sexual violence on university campuses. School of Information Systems. McGill University, Montreal, Q.C., Canada.
 
Shariff, S. (2016, March 19). Keynote: Can big stick sanctions control cyberbullying and online sexual violence? Ampersand Conference on Big Data. Faculty of Arts and Science. Undergraduate Association, McGill University, Montreal, Q.C., Canada.
 
Shariff, S. (2016, September 16). Keynote: Social Justice Issues in Professional Practice. White Coat Ceremony, Faculty of Dentistry, Redpath Hall, McGill University.
 

Shariff, S. (November, 2014). Keynote: Sexting and Cyberbullying: Defining the Lines for Digitally Empowered Kids. University Women’s Club, Beaconsfield Chapter.

Shariff, S. (May, 2014). Keynote: Cyber-intimidation et la droit. AGFAS congress on violence in schools, at Université Laval, Chaired by Professor Claire Beaumont, Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche sur la sécurité et la violence en milieu éducatif Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Université Laval, Québec.  [Dr. Nelofar A. Sheikh presented on my behalf due to illness].

Shariff, S. (November, 2013). Keynote. Cyberbullying. McGill Seniors Alumni Association.

Shariff, S. (October, 2013). Keynote. Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship and Legal Literacy. Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation Youth Movement, and accompanying video, The Facebook Effect by Dr. Shaheen Shariff.

Shariff, S. (October, 2013). Keynote. Cyberbullying and Sexism. Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, McGill University.

Shariff, S. (September, 2013). Keynote. Defining Digital Citizenship. Kirkland Public Library, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (April, 2013). Keynote. Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. Defining the Lines on Digital Citizenship. Fraser Academy at Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Shariff, S. (2013, March). Keynote. Defining the Lines on Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. Department of Child Psychiatry, The Jewish General Hospital. Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2013). Keynote. Defining the Lines on Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec, Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2013). Keynote. Qu’est-ce que la cyberintimidation? Conférence d’intervenants du milieu scolaire (agent pivot, directeurs, enseignants, conseillers pédagogiques de Québec), Hôtel Gouverneur, Trois-Rivières, Québec.

Shariff, S. (2012, November). Keynote. Defining the Lines on Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. Westmount Public Library, Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2012, November). Keynote. Defining the Lines between Child Protection and Free Press: The A.B. v. Bragg Communications, Inc. Ruling. Keynote. Institute of Human Development and Wellbeing. Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2012, October). Keynote. Defining the Line on Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying: Quebec Federation of Home and School. Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff S. (2012, October). Keynote. Defining the Lines on Digital Citizenship. Lester B. Pearson School Board High School Peace Summit. West Island, Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2012, October). Keynote. Defining the Lines on Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying in Elementary Schools. Children’s World Academy. Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2012, October). Keynote. Defining the Line on Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship. McGill Homecoming Classes without Quizzes. McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2012, September). Keynote. Defining the Line on Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship. Division of Child Psychiatry, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Centre. Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (November, 2010). Keynote. Safe Space Plenary presentation: Cyberbullying. McGill Special Libraries Association.

Shariff, S. (April, 2010). Keynote. Cyber-jokes, Cyber-libel or Cyber-Bullying: Navigating a balance between free expression, privacy and supervision.  CAPDHHE Conference on Human Rights, McGill University. Quebec. 

Shariff, S. (January 26, 2010). Keynote. Cyber-intimidation: enjeux et solutions pour l’école, la classe et la maison. De l’intimidation a la cyber-intimidation. Centre Jeunesse de Québec, Québec City, Quebec. (In English supported by French power-point and translation). 

Shariff, S. (October 1, 2010).  Keynote. Cyber-jokes, cyber-libel or cyber-bullying? Dixon Elementary School, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

Shariff, S. (October 1, 2010). Keynote. Cyber-jokes, cyber-libel or cyber-bullying? Homma Middle School, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.


Selected Refereed Conference Presentations (International and National)

Shariff, S. (2017, September 8). Shariff Partnership: A Multi-Sector Partnership towards Sustainable Models to Reduce and Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence in Universities and Greater Society. II European Conference on Domestic Violence. Porto, Portugal.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Recent Awards

  • James McGill Professor, McGill University (2018)
  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada (November 2012)
  • Facebook Award on Digital Citizenship (May 2012)
Professional activities: 

Selected Contributions to Public Policy

Shariff, S. (Appointed December 2014-September, 2015) Expert Panelist, Premier Coullard’s Comité d’experts sur la cyberintimidation, Government of Quebec.

Shariff, S. (June 3, 2014). Expert witness to House of Commons Committee on Bill C-13, the “Cyberbullying” Bill, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. Invited by Liberal Member of Parliament, Sean Casey.

Shariff, S. (November, 2013). Expert background evidence to support Defence counsel of Laval youth arrested on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Trial in March, 2014.

Shariff, S., Mishna, F., MacKay, A.W., Bailey, J., Steeves, V., Roher, E., Slane, A. (October, 2013). Policy brief for consideration by Federal Minister of Justice Peter MacKay prior to Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.

Shariff, S. (December, 2012). Expert witness to House of Commons Committee on Bill C-273. Private Members Bill to amend the Criminal Code to include online bullying and hate crimes. Invited by NDP Member of Parliament, Dany Morin.

Shariff, S. (April 30, 2012). Expert Witness submission to Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights on Canada’s obligations under Article 19 of the International Convention of the Rights of the Child on addressing cyberbullying. Invited by the Honourable Senator Salma Attaulahjan

Shariff, S. (November, 2011). Expert Witness submission to Nova Scotia Task Force on Cyberbullying. Invited by A. Wayne MacKay, Chair of Task Force on Cyberbullying.

Shariff, S. (2011, Affidavit). Expert Witness Affidavit. Invited by Counsel for Plaintiff, Jane O’Neill, resulting in successful leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada in landmark case of A.B. v. Bragg Communications, Inc.

Shariff, S. (2011). Invited written submission to former Australian Parliamentary Committee on Cyberbullying (5 pages).

Shariff, S. (June 12, 2009). Invited Advisory Panelist. Cyber-hate: Danger in Cyber-space. 2009 United Nations Unlearning, Intolerance Seminar. United Nations Headquarters, New York. USA. Chaired by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

Invited International and National Policy Panels, Roundtables and Media Panels

Shariff, S. (October, 2017). Panelist  - “Safe Spaces”. Human Rights Conference, Enabling Civil Society, McGill Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec.

Shariff, S. (2016, August 10-11): Invited Panelist. Sexual violence and rape culture in digital spaces. Ontario Universities Taking Action Against Sexual Violence. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Shariff, S. (August 5, 2014). Invited Panelist. What is Ethical Academic Freedom? Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Law Division. Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Shariff, S.  (May, 2013). Invited Panelist. Conference on Cyberbullying, sponsored by three Faculty of Law Centres (the Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, the International Human Rights Program, and the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy) and the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work. University of Toronto.

Shariff, S. (2012, October). Amanda Todd Case: CBC The National with Wendy Mesely. Role of Law to Reduce Cyberbullying. Panelist with privacy lawyer David Fraser and RCMP officer. [Live Interview]. http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/The+National/ID/2294250596/

Shariff, S. (2012, June) Roundtable Panelist. Towards Future Policies on Cyberbullying. International COST Conference on Cyberbullying and Policy Development, Sorbonne, Paris, France.

Shariff, S. (2012, June). Panelist. Canadian Telecom Conference, Toronto, Ontario. [unable to travel due to illness].

Shariff, S.  (2012, May). Bully Proof Online Interactive Expert Panel on CBC Website responding to questions from international audience.

Shariff, S. (2012, April). Panelist. Policy Considerations on Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory-LRID Conference, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Invited Policy Advisory Committees and Task Forces

2017 Advisory Board (2017). Canadian Index of Child and Youth Wellbeing. UNICEF Canada.

2016 Advisory Board (January-June). Premier Couillard’s comité d’experts sur la cyberintimidation, Government of Quebec.

2013 Cyber-Safety Week, October, 2013. Advisory Committee on development of resources. Partnership of Quebec Ministry of Education, Ensemble contre la violence, Institut Pacifique and Tel-jeunnes.

2012  Roundtable Task Force on Implications of Bill 56 (Law 19) Tolerance Foundation (Anne Lagace Dowson), Ministry of Education, Member of Parliament, Dany Morin; Various consultants and community groups.

2011 Shariff, S., & LaRocque, (2011). L. Analysis of anti-violence policies and programs in British Columbia schools. Unpublished report commissioned by B.C. Ministry of Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

2009 Shariff, S. and Mitchell, C. International Advisory Committee on Drafting a Toolkit for Global Teacher Code of Conduct with representatives from CIDA, UNESCO and Institute for Educational Planning, France. 

2009 Quebec Ministry of Education and Commission Scolaire Task Force (by invitation): Groupe-relais montréalais en prévention et traitement de la violence à l’école. 

2009 Shariff, S. (March, 2009). Panelist and written contribution. Cyber-bullying and the Policy Vacuum. Online symposium with the First Amendment Center. Washington, D.C. www.firstamendmentcenter.org.  

2008 Invited policy advisor Australian Safety Authority in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia on cyberbullying and cybersafety.

2008 Quebec English School Boards Association Task Force on Cyber-bullying (by invitation). 

2007 Policy Advisory Committee, PREVNet: Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network: Networks of Centres of Excellence/ Réseaux de centres d’excellence. 

2006 Member of consulting committee with European granting agencies NORFACE, during visit to Montreal, November, 2006.  

2005 Contributed to North American United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Consultations on Violence against Children http://www.violencestudy.org/r25; http://www.unicef.ca/portal/SmartDefault.aspx?at=1388.  

2005 McGill représentative on comité de coordination, Immigration et Métropolis, Université de Montréal.