Associate Professor (on leave)
Room: 57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 330
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2916
Work E-mail: Natasha.Bakht@uOttawa.ca
Natasha Bakht graduated from the University of Ottawa's English common law program and then served as a law clerk to Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was called to the bar of Ontario in 2003 and completed her LL.M at New York University School of Law as a Global Hauser scholar.
Professor Bakht joined the Faculty of Law in 2005, where she teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Family Law and Multicultural Rights in Liberal Democracies.
Professor Bakht’s research interests are generally in the area of law, culture and minority rights and specifically in the intersecting area of religious freedom and women’s equality. She has written extensively in the area of religious arbitration and assisted in Canadian judicial education on issues of religion, culture and diversity. Prof Bakht was an active member of the Law Program Committee of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) from 2005-2009. Her most recent writings on the rights of niqab-wearing women were cited by the Supreme Court in the case of R v NS, 2012 SCC 72. She is the current English Language Editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law (CJWL). She is also an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer.
- Natasha Bakht, ed, Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada (Toronto: TSAR Publications, 2009).
- Jennie Abell, Elizabeth Sheehy, Natasha Bakht, eds, Criminal Law and Procedure: Proof, Defences and Beyond, 5th ed (Concord: Captus Press Inc., 2014).
- Jennie Abell, Elizabeth Sheehy, Natasha Bakht, eds, Criminal Law and Procedure: Cases, Context, Critque Proof, 5th ed (Concord: Captus Press Inc., 2012).
- Natasha Bakht, “What’s in a Face? Demeanour Evidence in the Sexual Assault Context” in Elizabeth Sheehy ed, Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2012) 591-611.
- Natasha Bakht, “Veiled Objections: Facing Public Opposition to the Niqab” in Lori Beaman ed, Reasonable Accommodation: Managing Religious Diversity (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012) 70-108.
- Natasha Bakht, “Mere ‘Song and Dance’: Complicating the Multicultural Imperative in the Arts” in Home and Native Land: Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada, eds, May Chazan et al (Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2011) 175-183.
- Natasha Bakht, “Objection, Your Honour! Accommodating the Niqab in Courtrooms” in Ralph Grillo et al eds, Legal Practice and Cultural Diversity (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2009) 115-133.
- Natasha Bakht, “Reinvigorating Section 27: An Intersectional Approach” (2009) 6(2) Journal of Law & Equality 135-161.
- Natasha Bakht, “Religious Arbitration in Canada: Protecting Women by Protecting them from Religion” (2007) 19 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 119-144.
- Natasha Bakht, “Were Muslim Barbarians Really Knocking On the Gates of Ontario?: The Religious Arbitration Controversy—Another Perspective” (2005) Ottawa Law Review, 40th Anniversary Summer 67-82.
- Natasha Bakht, “Family Arbitration Using Sharia Law: Examining Ontario’s Arbitration Act and its Impact on Women” (2004) 1 Muslim World Journal of Human Rights 1-24.