A Great Trials Lecture with Prof. Wendy Adams (Law)
Law’s most aspirational claim is the guarantee that every person is equal before law. The extent to which this claim remains forever out of reach is reflected in the very concept we consider essential for its success, that of legal personhood. We use legal personhood to decide whose life will count in law, thus acknowledging some claims will fail, else the category would not be required. Personhood does not instantiate a self-evident demarcation between persons and things.
A Great Trials Lecture with Prof. Peter Gibian (Dept of English)
Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” takes place not in a courtroom but in the office of a Wall Street law firm. This experimental tale doesn’t narrate a literal trial, then, but its overall effect is to put the Wall Street law office itself—an epitome of dominant mid-nineteenth-century American notions of law, economics, politics, and cultural authority—on trial.
A Great Trials Lecture with Prof. Shauna Van Praagh (Law).
“Lizzie Borden took an axe,
Gave her mother forty whacks,
When the job was nicely done,
She gave her father forty-one!”
A Great Trials Lecture with Prof. Andrea Tone (History and Social Studies of Medicine).
This talk revisits the political, legal, and medical controvery surrounding Ewen Cameron and the CIA-funded research/therapy he did on psychiatric patients at the Allan Memorial Hospital in the 1950s.
A Great Trials Lecture with Professor Gil Troy (History).
This lecture will explore the extraordinary mess Bill Clinton stumbled into when he carried on an affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The title reflects the American people's ultimate verdict - they thought the President was being unfairly tried for an error of judgment not a crime; while the subtitle captures the ugly partisanship - with little consistency or conviction - that shaped most politicians' reaction to the scandal.
Innocence McGill will be hosting David Milgaard, who was wrongfully convicted of a murder and rape in 1969 and spent almost 23 years in jail, and Peter Edwards, the Toronto Star reporter who covered the Milgaard case almost from the start. Together, they will be telling their stories. Peter Edwards, who co-wrote Joyce Milgaard's memoir, A Mother's Story: The Fight to Free my son David, will also discuss wrongful convictions in Canada from a reporter's perspective.
The Research Group in Health and Law and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism are pleased to welcome Anna Lawson, Deputy Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds, who will be giving the Fifth Annual Lecture in Health and Law on the subject of Equality and Health: Reaching for Resolution in the Realms of Disability Rights?
Every six days a woman in Canada is killed by an intimate partner. Too often, such deaths have been tied to inaction or inappropriate action on the part of the criminal justice authorities. Women are left to protect themselves and their children. When an abused woman protects herself against threat and danger which are in no way her own making, she should be able to avail herself of criminal law defences. Abused women should not be criminally convicted when they act to protect themselves and their children from lethal intimate partner violence.
DCL Candidate Maureen Duffy will be defending her doctoral thesis, Turning the kaleidoscope: fractured narratives and altered presumptions in anti-terrorism detention practices, which was prepared under the supervision of Professor René Provost.
Marking the 15th Anniversary of the R v RDS decision, this interactive participatory CRLT Think Tank Seminary is brought to you by the Black Law Students Association of McGill, the Human Rights Working Group, and the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Dr. Esmeralda M.A. Thornhill, Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University & O'Brien Fellow in Residence, McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism will be leading this interactive seminar and speaking on the ongoing impact of this landmark case on the legal community.