Five Law Professors Earn SSHRC Connection Grants for Upcoming Events

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2017

Five professors from the Faculty of Law – Angela Cameron, Vanessa Gruben, Penelope Simons, Mistrale Goudreau and Florian Martin-Bariteau – have received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grants Program for a diverse assortment of events covering topics ranging from surrogacy to digital citizenship.

Professor Cameron is the primary investigator on a project entitled “Surrogacy in Canada: Critical Perspectives in Law and Policy”, with Professor Gruben joining her as a co-investigator. This project will take the form of a workshop and public conference that will bring together feminist scholars studying surrogacy in Canada to address contemporary challenges, focusing on Canadian public policy and law.  These occasions will provide opportunities to examine and develop new understandings of how to address the challenges of regulation while recognizing women's reproductive autonomy. Workshop contributions will also inform a book-length edited collection on surrogacy in Canada.

Professor Simons received her Connection grant as the primary investigator on a conference project entitled “Resource Extraction and the Human Rights of Women and Girls”.  The proposed conference will bring together leading experts from around the globe in indigenous and feminist legal theory, and international human rights law to identify and critically assess the gendered impacts of both resource extraction and the international and domestic laws and policies governing extractive activities. The conference will provide an opportunity for dialogue with government representatives and other key stakeholders, laying the groundwork for the development of further research, and contributing to public debate and policy development.

Professor Goudreau, of the Faculty’s Civil Law Section, is the primary investigator on a project entitled “Nouveaux paradigmes en propriété industrielle” [Translation: “New Paradigms in Industrial Property”. Joining with Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson of the University of Western Ontario, and uOttawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society (CLTS), under the direction of Professor Florian Martin-Bariteau, Professor Goudreau will convene a public conference and workshop that will bring together Canadian academics specializing in intellectual property to explore tensions between industrial property and access to essential goods and services.  The papers resulting from the public event and workshop will eventually be published in an open access format.

Finally, Professor Martin-Bariteau is also a co-investigator on a project led by Professor Elizabeth Dubois of uOttawa’s Department of Communication entitled “Canada 150: Connected Canada”.  Marking the Nation’s sesquicentennial, this day-and-a-half long conference will explore what it means to be a digital citizen in Canada today and resulting social, cultural and technological implications for Canada’s institutions, policies and citizens. The event will bring together academics, students, policy makers and civil society members in order to build and strengthen networks, establish a research agenda and disseminate knowledge to a broad audience of those interested in public policy and law in a digital era.  In addition to leveraging connections through the Faculty’s CLTS, the event will reach out to key audiences identified from government bodies such as the Treasury Board Secretariat to civil society groups such as Fulbright Canada and the Public Policy Forum.

SSHRC Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage with Canadian research issues in the social sciences and humanities.

Congratulations to all of our Connection Grant recipients!

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