Upcoming Events

19 April 2024 - A Transformative Framework to Achieve and Sustain Employment Equity: Implications for the United Nations Permanent Forum of People of African Descent

This event will discuss the Canadian Employment Equity Act Review Task Force Report released on 11 December 2023, alongside an announcement of the Canadian government's initial commitment to modernize the Employment Equity Act by establishing a new employment equity group for Black people. The discussion will explore the measures to address labour and employment in the work of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent, drawing on Canadian, comparative and international examples emerging from the report. 


The Honourable Kamal Khera - Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities

Gilbert F. Houngbo – Director-General, International Labour Organization 

Andrew Brown – Associate Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada 

Adelle Blackett – Professor of Law, Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law

Chidi King – Branch Chief, Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, International Labour Organization

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28 March 2024 - Slavery and the Law Speaker Series - Professor Michelle McKinley (University of Oregon Law School)

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.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2024 5:45 – 7:15PM (ET)

Location: McGill Faculty of Law, New Chancellor Day Hall, Maxwell Cohen Moot Court, Room 100

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 awardwinning 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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21 March 2024 - Creative Legal Research Workshop 

Join us for the upcoming Creative Legal Research Workshop, initiated by doctoral students at McGill’s Faculty of Law.

The event proposes a unique space for interactive discussions between graduate researchers in law and the arts on the topics of empirical legal research, transdisciplinary research, research ethics and positionality. Participants will benefit from a unique opportunity for practical training on non-traditional approaches to legal research, as well as the chance to forge new connections with researchers with invaluable insights in these areas.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory, with support from McGill’s Faculty of Law.

About the Speakers

Alongside a series of doctoral and graduate-level researchers from McGill University, Harvard Law School, the University of Orléans and l’Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), the Creative Legal Research Workshop will showcase the insights of the following professors:

Professor Sébastien Jodoin, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University, where holds the Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in Human Rights, Health, and the Environment. His research focuses on three broad themes: the relationship between human rights and the climate crisis; transnational and comparative climate law and policy; and the role of disability rights in addressing complex environmental and health issues and challenges.

Professor Priya S. Gupta, Associate Professor of Law at McGill University's Faculty of Law, where she teaches and writes in the areas of property law and critical race theory. Prof. Gupta’s scholarship examines the intersections of property, race, and capitalism. More specifically, she is interested in how property regimes perpetuate inequality, particularly racial inequality, despite numerous attempts to achieve just the opposite.

Professor Daniel Weinstock, DPhil, Professor and Director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy. His research interests have spanned widely across a wide range of topics in contemporary moral and political philosophy – from the just management of ethnocultural and religious diversity in modern liberal democracies, to state policy with respect to children, families, and educational institutions.

Professor Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, Associate Professor at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Her interests lie in the area of public policy concerning labour and employment and conditions of access to law and justice. Her research deals with deficiencies in protections for different groups of workers, flowing from the inadequacy of working conditions as well as challenges in accessing existing protections.

Professor Tina Piper, current Associate Dean (Academic) at McGill’s Faculty of Law, teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property law and legal history. She is a member of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP), and was its research director from 2010 to 2012. Before joining McGill University in 2005, she trained as a biomedical-electrical engineer, and completed her doctorate of law at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

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7 February 2024 - People of African Descent in the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities for the Realization of Human Rights, with Gaynel Curry, Professor Adelle Blackett and Tamara Thermitus 

Join us for a discussion with Gaynel Curry, Independent Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum of People of African Descent, Professor Adelle Blackett, FRSC, Ad. E., Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law, McGill Faculty of Law and Tamara Thermitus, Ad. E., Senior Boulton Fellow and Visiting Fellow of the CHRLP.

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 17:30 - 19:00 (ET)

Location: Maxwell Cohen Moot Court, Room 100, McGill Faculty of Law, New Chancellor Day Hall

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