Of Promise and Peril: The Court and Equality Rights

Daphne Gilbert and Jena McGill

in Matthew Harrington, ed., The Court and The Constitution: A 150-Year Retrospective (Lexis Nexis, 2017).

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Daphne Gilbert specializes in teaching criminal and constitutional law, including courses in Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, American Constitutional Law, and Advanced Sexual Assault law. Her research interests lie primarily in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with a particular emphasis on equality rights, reproductive rights and sexual violence. Her most recent work considers the impact of physician conscience protections on access to contraception and abortion in Canada.  She is President of the Board of “Women Help Women”, an international abortion service provider.  She sits on the Action Team on Sexual Violence for the University of Ottawa, and Chairs the Sub-Committee drafting a new Sexual Violence policy.  She appeared as co-counsel for LEAF at the Supreme Court hearing in Withler v Canada, and she continues to focus on equality issues in her scholarship and teaching.

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Jena McGill’s research centers on equality law and human rights, and particularly on questions related to gender, sexuality and the law.  She has researched and published on topics including sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations peacekeeping operations; constitutional privacy rights under section 8 of the Charter; Canadian prison policy and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); and the Supreme Court of Canada’s equality jurisprudence under section 15 of the Charter. In recent research conducted with two University of Ottawa Faculty of Law colleagues, Professor Suzanne Bouclin and Professor Amy Salyzyn, and with support from a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant, Professor McGill explored risks and opportunities relating to the use of mobile and web-based apps to enhance access to justice.

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