Professor Jane Bailey is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2016 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the law or legal scholarship in Canada.
In the course of a career that has spanned more than two decades, Prof. Bailey has dedicated herself to fighting the spread of hatred and creating equality-enhancing environments in online spaces – especially for young women and vulnerable youth. “Professor Bailey is a true innovator and leader who engages with law and technology primarily from an equality-seeking perspective, connecting previously disconnected areas of law and legal analysis,” says CBA President Janet Fuhrer.
Prof. Bailey has authored more than 35 publications and Parliamentary submissions, and more than 100 conference presentations, blogs, workshops and readings. Her research has established her as the foremost thinker at the intersection of law, technology and equality and as Canada’s leading expert on cyber-harassment.
More recently, Prof. Bailey has been acclaimed for her work on “The eGirls Project,” which she co-led with Prof. Valerie Steeves. eGirls was a ground-breaking three-year initiative that investigated girls’ and young women’s experiences of privacy and equality in online social media. The project gave voice to girls’ and young women’s perspectives about their online experiences, allowing them to contribute to policy and scholarly debates. In 2015, building on the the eGirls Project, Prof. Bailey and Prof. Steeves undertook a seven-year initiative to explore young peoples’ experiences online, specifically looking at the targeting of youth and other vulnerable audiences by advertisers.
The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law was established in 1993 by then Governor General Ramon John Hnatyshyn to recognize outstanding contributions to the law or legal scholarship in Canada. It takes the form of an engraved medallion designed by the Governor General’s Office of Heraldry.
Prof. Bailey will receive the award on Saturday, February 20, at the Westin Hotel, during the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting of Council.