Calling for Change: Women, Law, and the Legal Profession

Unique in both scope and perspective, Calling for Change investigates the status of women within the Canadian legal profession ten years after the first national report on the subject was published by the Canadian Bar Association. Elizabeth Sheehy and Sheila McIntyre bring together essays that investigate a wide range of topics, from the status of women in law schools, the practicing bar, and on the bench, to women's grassroots engagement with law and with female lawyers from the 'frontlines.' Contributors not only reflect critically on the gains, losses, and barriers to change of the past decade, but also provide blueprints for future political action. 

Academics, community activists, practitioners, law students, women litigants, as well as law society benchers and staff explore how egalitarian change is occurring and/or being impeded in their particular contexts. Each of these unique voices offers lessons from their individual, collective and institutional efforts to confront and counter the inter-related forms of systemic inequality that compromise women's access to education and employment equity within legal institutions and, ultimately, to equal justice in Canada. 

Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law


Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law

Socio-Economic Rights under the Canadian Charter, in M. Langford, ed., Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law (New York: Cambridge University Press, January 2009) (Martha Jackman with Bruce Porter).


In the space of two decades, social rights have emerged from the shadows and margins of human rights jurisprudence. The authors in this book provide a critical analysis of almost two thousand judgments and decisions from twenty-nine national and international jurisdictions. The breadth of the decisions is vast, from the resettlement of evictees to the regulation of private medical plans to the development of state programs to address poverty and illiteracy. The jurisprudence not only implicates our understanding of economic, social, and cultural rights, but also challenges the philosophical debates that question whether these rights can and should be justiciable.

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