Suzanne Bouclin


Suzanne Bouclin
Associate Professor (on leave)


57, Louis-Pasteur St., Room 394

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3381
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Suzanne Bouclin


Suzanne Bouclin holds a doctorate in Law from McGill University. Her dissertation examinedlaw through the lexicon, theories and methods of film studies.  In the context of that research, she grapples with the institutionalized regulation of people who are street-involved and homeless. Professor Bouclin is also a SSRCH Insight Development Grant Recipient for her research onHomelessNation, Social Networking Sites and Legal Consciousness.  

Professor Bouclin articled with a constitutional litigation firm in Toronto (Eberts, Symes, Street & Corbett) and became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2002.

She has worked with national non-profit organizations as Director of the Language Rights Program for the Court Challenges Program of Canada, Executive Director of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ), and Research / Analyst with the National Association of Women in the Law (NAWL).  She has been a member of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund's (LEAF) Legal Committee, Board Member of the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA), Board Member of the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO).   She is currently a member of the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law's Editorial Committee

Professor Bouclin is also a committed volunteer with community groups, such as Ottawa's Defense Ticket Program and Pro Bono Students Canada.

Her areas of research, collaborations and publication include: performance and performativity in legal educationfeminist aesthetics, law and popular culture, and the criminal regulation of vulnerable groups. Suzanne Bouclin co-coordinates the Social Justice Option with David Wiseman and is a Faculty Member of the Social Justice Caucus.

In recent research conducted with two University of Ottawa Faculty of Law colleagues, Professor Amy Salyzyn and Professor Jena McGill, and with support from a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant, Professor Bouclin explored risks and opportunities relating to the use of mobile and web-based apps to enhance access to justice. A report on the research can be found here.



Book Chapters


  • Street Law’s Sites, Sights and Media. Faculty of Law, McGill University.  PhD Thesis. 2011 (under the supervision of Roderick A. Macdonald)
  • Caging Women: Punishment, Judgment, Reform and Resistance in ‘Women in Prison’ Films.  Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.  LL.M. Thesis.  2007 (under the supervision of Anne McGillivray)
  • Organizing Resistance: The Case of Erotic Dancers. Faculty of Social Sciences (Criminology & Women’s Studies), University of Ottawa.  M.A. Thesis. 2004 (under the supervision of Chris Bruckert)



  • Graduate Legal Research Methodology - CML 5301
  • Stage en résolution de différends - CML 4500
  • Théorie et pratique en droit et justice sociale - CML 3512 / DCL 5738
  • Moot Court Competition - CML 3120
  • Méthodologie de la recherche juridique - DCL 5501
  • Droit, pauvreté et cinéma - CML 4513
  • Les femmes et le droit - CML 3780 / CML 5721
  • Introduction à la résolution de différends - CML 1506
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