Faculty of Law

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Faculty of Law

Lisa Kerr

Lisa Kerr

Assistant Professor
BA (Simon Fraser), JD (British Columbia), LLM, JSD (NYU)

Faculty of Law
Queen's University
Kingston Ontario
K7L 3N6
tel: (613) 533-6000, ext. 77603
fax: (613) 533-6509
e-mail: lck2@queensu.ca

Teaching Subjects

  • Criminal Law
  • Sentencing and Imprisonment

Current Research

My research is in sentencing, prison law and punishment theory. Some current projects include:

  • The relationship between sentencing and conditions of confinement.
  • The concept of imprisonment as a deprivation of liberty.
  • Litigation and social change.

Recent Publications


  • “The Origins of Unlawful Prison Policies" (2015) Canadian Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 4, No. 1, 91–119
  • "The Chronic Failure of Control Prisoner Isolation in US and Canadian Law" (2015) Queen's Law Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2, 483–530
  • "Contesting Expertise in Prison Law" (2014) McGill Law Journal, Vol. 60, No. 1, 43–94