Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

Visiting Speakers and Lecturers 2014-2015

Fall 2014

Monday September 8, 2014
1 p.m., Room 515 Macdonald Hall
Marc Moore
University of Cambridge
Law ’80 Lecture in Business Law
Regulatory State Paternalism within Anglo-American Corporate Law

Friday September 26, 2014
1 p.m., Macdonald Hall room 201 
Kimberley Brooks
Dean and Weldon Professor of Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, Halifax
Feminist Legal Studies Queen's
Why Feminism Matters to the Study of Law

Monday September 29, 2014
1 p.m., Room 201 Macdonald Hall
Dr. Monique Cardinal
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, Université Laval, Quebec
Co-sponsored with Feminist Legal Studies Queen's
Dissident Judges and Courts in Syria since the Uprising of March 2011

Friday October 3, 2014
1 p.m., Macdonald Hall room 201
Patricia Allard
Associate, Justice Strategies, Brooklyn, and Queen’s University Faculty of Law graduate 1996
Feminist Legal Studies Queen's
Research to Action: Advancing the Needs of Children Facing Parental Incarceration

Monday October 6, 2014
1 p.m., Room 515, Macdonald Hall
David Owens
University of Reading
Wrong by Convention
Some acts (mala in se) are prohibited by law because of the wrongness of the act prohibited (e.g. murder). Other acts (mala prohibita) are prohibited by law because of the desirable consequences of prohibiting them (e.g. traffic violations). I argue that we must acknowledge a third class of wrongs. These wrongs are like typical mala prohibita in that they are wrongs created by social convention. But they are unlike typical mala prohibita in that their prohibition is not to be justified by the desirable consequences of prohibiting them. In this connection, I consider the obligations that one owes to family members and the obligations generated by promises.


Monday October 20, 2014
1p.m., Room 515, Macdonald Hall
Justice Barak
Supreme Court of Israel
Human Dignity: The Constitutional Right and Constitutional Value – the Canadian Experience


Monday October 20, 2014
5:30p.m., Room 001, Macdonald Hall
Justice Barak
Supreme Court of Israel
Laskin Lecture
Judges as Guardians of the Constitution

Friday October 24, 2014
1 p.m., Room 202 Macdonald Hall
Dr. Adelle Blackett
Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Feminist Legal Studies Queen's
[Working title] International Law and the Right to Decent Work

Monday October 27, 2014
1 p.m., Room 515 Macdonald Hall
Charlie Webb
London School of Economics
Reason and Restitution

Thursday October 30, 2014
9:30 a.m., Room TBA
Carl MacArthur
Western University
The Cost Implications of Tax Law

Thursday October 30, 2014
5:30-7:00 p.m., Room 001, Macdonald Hall
Judith Resnik
Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Catriona Gibson Memorial Lecture
Inventing Democratic Courts
In ancient times, judges were loyal servants of the state; members of the audience were passive spectators watching rituals of power, and only certain persons were eligible to participate as disputants, witnesses, or decision makers. In contrast, today, judges are independent actors in complex and critical relationships with the government and with the public, and all persons are equally entitled to participate. But this twentieth-century invention of democratic courts is at risk by processes that undermine the public dimensions of adjudication and undercut arguments for judicial independence. The discussion, drawn from the book Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (Yale Press, 2011), will show - literally through many images - how looking at courthouses and their walls provide windows into how courts became egalitarian venues.


Friday October 31, 2014
1 p.m., Room 202, Macdonald Hall
Judith Resnik
Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Co-sponsored with Feminist Legal Studies Queen's
Representing What: Women, Judges, and Equality in the United States


Monday November 10, 2014
1 p.m., Room 211 Macdonald Hall
Virginia Mantouvalou
University College London
CLCW Lecture on Human Rights in the Workplace
The Exploitation of Domestic Workers Under Restrictive Visa Regimes

The regulation of domestic work has often been criticised for placing domestic workers in a precarious position. This seminar will focus on a specific aspect of the law: immigration legislation that ties migrant domestic workers to their employers. On the basis of theoretical and empirical research, it will be argued that the UK 2012 Overseas Domestic Worker visa leads to situations of grave exploitation, and possibly to a breach of European human rights law.

Virginia Mantouvalou is Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law and Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights. She is also joint editor of Current Legal Problems. Before joining UCL, she taught at the University of Leicester and the London School of Economics. She has also been Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC.
Virginia has written extensively on human rights, labour law and European law. She completed her PhD in Law at the London School of Economics. She has received several scholarships and awards for her research, including an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant to work on theoretical aspects of social and labour rights. Virginia has also worked as a consultant for projects of the International Labour Organisation. She is on the management board of Kalayaan (organisation working on the rights of migrant domestic workers) and the Equal Rights Trust (organisation promoting equality), and is a collaborator of FLOOR (the Financial Assistance, Land Policy and Global Social Rights project) at Bielefeld University in Germany.


Monday November 17, 2014
1 p.m., Room 211 Macdonald Hall
Members of the Bruce Power Board of Directors
Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace
Union Participation on Boards of Directors: The Experience of Bruce Power and the Power Workers' Union
Join representatives from the Bruce Power board of directors, representing both the management and union sides of the company, as they engage in a panel discussion about the experience of Bruce Power in integrating union participation with corporate ownership.


Monday November 24, 2014
1 p.m., Room 211 Macdonald Hall
Tonia Novitz
University of Bristol Douglas Cunningham Lecture in Labour and Employment Law
Evolutionary Trajectories for Transnational Labour Law
This lecture examines the scope for transnational labour law to evolve in various ways, challenging the notion that the International Labour Organisation is rendered otiose by further expansion of ‘trade in services’. In this respect, the content of the new Canada and European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will be considered, alongside other proposed bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements.
Professor Tonia Novitz is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol. She first studied law at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and qualified there as a Barrister and Solicitor, specialising in employment law and civil litigation. She then studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where she was awarded the BCL and completed her doctorate. She has been a visiting fellow at the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva), a Jean Monnet Fellow and a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence) and a senior visiting fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the editorial board of the UK Industrial Law Journal, with special responsibility for the Recent Legislation section. She is also a honorary member of Old Square Chambers (non-practising). She has written on UK labour law, international labour standards, EU social policy, EU external relations, and mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
She was author of International and European Protection of the Right to Strike (Oxford University Press, 2003), and has been co-editor of a number of edited collections, including Human Rights at Work (with Colin Fenwick, Hart Publishing, 2010), The Role of Labour Standards in Development (with David Mangan, British Academy Series, Oxford University Press, 2011) and Voices at Work (with Alan Bogg, Oxford University Press, 2014).


Winter 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015
1 p.m., Room 211, Macdonald Hall
Alan Bogg
University of Oxford
The Democratic Aspects of Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining

Constitutional litigation to protect and promote collective labour rights has become more significant as a legal strategy in Canada and the UK over the last decade. One effect of this has been to realign the institutional setting of labour law. Whereas historically the crafting of collective labour rights has been a matter for legislatures, the neo-liberal capture of political programmes has caused workers and trade unions to look to the courts to further their interests. This lecture appraises that strategy in the light of the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in RMT v United Kingdom which considered the right to strike under Article 11 of the European Convention. It will examine whether we have now reached the limit of what can be achieved through constitutional litigation. It will also consider whether the recent experience in the United Kingdom holds any lessons for the Canadian case.
Alan Bogg received his undergraduate and graduate education in Oxford, being awarded his BA in Law (first class) in 1997. Thereafter, he was awarded the degrees of BCL (first class) and DPhil. Following a period as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Alan returned to Oxford in 2003 to take up his fellowship at Hertford College. Alan's research focuses predominantly on theoretical issues in domestic, European and International labour law. His book 'The Democratic Aspects of Trade Union Recognition' was published in 2009 by Hart Publishing. It was awarded the SLS Peter Birks' Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2010. The book has been reviewed in the Cambridge Law Journal, Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Industrial Law Journal, British Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Law in Context, Industrial Relations Journal (UK), Journal of Industrial Relations (Australia), Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and Canadian Journal of Employment and Labour Law. Additionally, his work in labour law has been published in a wide variety of international journals.

He is currently coordinating a Leverhulme International Research Network with Professor Tonia Novitz at the University of Bristol following the successful award of a large scale grant. Details of the network's activities can be found here: www.voicesatwork.org.uk. The network includes academics from Stanford, Osgoode Hall, and Monash Universities.

Additionally, current research projects include: the intersection between migrant status and labour rights; European Social Dialogue and theories of deliberative democracy; and the constitutionalisation of freedom of association in comparative perspective. His work has been cited by Advocate Generals in the Court of Justice of the European Union in respect of working time regulation. Most recently, his work was cited with approval by the United Kingdom Supreme Court on the issue of sham contracts of employment in Autoclenz v Belcher. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Employment Rights.


Monday January 19, 2015
1 p.m., Room 515 Macdonald Hall
Jean Leclair
University of Montréal
Topic TBA

Monday January 26, 2015

1 p.m., Room 515 Macdonald Hall
1st McCarthy-Tetrault LLP Lecture
Legal Ethics and Professionalism

Monday February 2, 2015
1 p.m., Room 515 Macdonald Hall
Mitu Gulati
Duke Law School
Law ’80 Lecture in Business Law
Topic TBA

Monday February 9, 2015
Stephen Smith
McGill University
Topic TBA

Monday February 23, 2015
Luc Tremblay
Topic TBA

Monday March 2, 2015
Adam McLeod
Topic TBA

Monday March 9, 2015
David Plunkett
Topic TBA

Monday March 16, 2015
Mark Drumbl
Topic TBA

Monday March 23, 2015
Martin Loughlin
JA Corry Lecture
Topic TBA

Friday March 27, 2015
John Goldberg
Harvard University
Topic TBA

Monday March 30, 2015
Zoe Sinel
University of Western Ontario
Topic TBA