The LLDRL in the classroom: "The Egalitarian Free Labor Promise of the 13th Amendment"

Integrating conversations about Slavery and the Law into the mandatory curriculum at McGill Law.

As part of continued teaching initiatives on Slavery and the Law at the Faculty of Law (initially fostered via a 2016-2017 specialized seminar by Professor Adelle Blackett), the LLDRL will be hosting a lecture by Professor Rebecca Zietlow on the history and theories underpinning the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution (the amendment abolishing slavery) and its impact on civil rights and workers' rights in the United States. This lecture will take place on February 15th, 2018 from 11h30 to 13h00 in the Maxwell Cohen Moot Room at the Faculty of Law at McGill University during a special plenary in the 1L Constitutional Law course. Though the event is mandatory for all first-year law students enrolled in this course, the event is open to the public. 

About Professor Zietlow

Professor Rebecca E. Zietlow is a visiting professor at Vermont Law School and Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law. She is the author of Enforcing Equality: Congress, the Constitution and the Protection of Individual Rights (NYU Press, 2006), and The Forgotten Emancipator: James Mitchell Ashley and the Ideological Origins of Reconstruction (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Attending the lecture

Students not enrolled in this class, faculty members and members of the public must confirm their attendance by writing to [at] (subject: RSVP%3A%20Rebecca%20Zietlow)  by February 12th, 2018. Additional information about the lecture is also made available on our social media pages.

Teaching Slavery and the Law at McGill 

To learn more about the initiative that started it all, please consult the "Digging Deeper" column on our "Courses" page. We also invite you to read Professor Adelle Blackett's reflections on teaching Critical Race Theory and Slavery and the Law at McGill University's Faculty of Law. 


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