Slavery and the Law Speaker Series - Professor Michelle McKinley (University of Oregon Law School)

Thursday, March 28, 2024 17:45to19:15
McGill Faculty of Law, New Chancellor Day Hall, Maxwell Cohen Moot Court, Room 100

Join us for the third and final installment of the Slavery and the Law Speaker Series with Prof. Michelle McKinley (University of Oregon Law School), organized by the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL) and ‘Eating Popcorn Like a Lawyer’ as part of the 2024 Slavery and the Law course. Together with Prof. McKinley we will watch and discuss the episode Follow the Money of the acclaimed 2020 CBC documentary series Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The episode and our discussion will focus on Latin America.  

About the Speaker  

Prof. McKinley is the Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law and the director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. She has widely published on international public law, slavery, and Latin American legal history, including her award-winning book Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Through a meticulous archival analysis, Fractional Freedoms examines enslaved women in colonial Lima who used ecclesiastical and civil courts to litigate their claims to liberty. The book received the 2017 Judy Ewell Prize for best work in women’s history from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, and an honorary mention for the best work in sociolegal history from the Law and Society Association. Prof. McKinley has taught at the University of Hawai’i, Universidad de los Andes, University of Kansas, University Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, and Princeton University.  

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