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Queen's University

Recent Research Grants

The rich diversity of legal scholarship at Queen’s—and its importance to society—is demonstrated by the research grants, contracts and commissions awarded to Queen’s law professors, including research grants awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Below are selected examples.

In April 2008, Sharryn Aiken was successful as a Co-Applicant with Susan McGrath (Principal Investigator, Centre for Refugee Studies/York) on a $2.1 million SSHRC Knowledge Clusters grant, A Canadian Refugee Research Network: Globalizing Knowledge. She is also a collaborator on a $2.5 million SSHRC MCRI grant announced earlier in 2008 (The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting).

In April 2008, Nick Bala was successful in his application as Principal Investigator for the Child Witness Project ($165,000). His co-investigators are Profs Lee (Institute of Child Study, Psychology, U of T), Lindsay (Psychology, Queen's) and Talwar (Educational Psychology, McGill). He was also successful as a Co-Investigator in an application to study high conflict divorces ($135,000). The Principal Investigator is Rachel Birnbaum (Social Work, UWO), and the other co-investigators are Profs Jaffe (Psychology, UWO) and McLeary (Nursing, Brock).

In February, 2008, an interdisciplinary research team that includes Professor Art Cockfield received a 2.5 million dollar Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant from SSHRC for the Surveillance Project, which explores the legal, moral and social issues surrounding surveillance, privacy and data collection. In April he was also successful as the sole-applicant and Principal Investigator of a SSHRC application entitled: Protecting Taxpayer Privacy under Enhanced Cross-border Tax Information Exchanges: A Law and Technology Perspective ($77,730).


In April 2008, Tsvi Kahana was successful as Co-Applicant with Sara Slinn (Principal Investigator, Osgoode) in a SSHRC application entitled: Employer Speech: Effects and Limits of Employer Anti-Union Campaigns During Union Organizing($57,977).


In April 2008, Mark Walters was successful as the Principal Investigator and sole applicant on a project entitled: The jursiprudence of Reconciliation: Towards an Intersocietal Conception of the Rule of Law in Canada($110,750).


In 2007, Professor Sharryn Aiken received funding from SSHRC for a collaborative research project on “Refugee Diasporas, ‘Homeland’ Conflicts and the Impact of the Post-9/11 Security Paradigm”, and funding from the Asia Pacific Foundation for a project entitled “Diasporic Interventions in Development and Peace Building: Challenges and Opportunities - A Case Study of Canada/Sri Lanka.”


In March 2007, William Flanagan received $1.6 million in funding from the International Development Research Centre for a four year project entitled Prevention, Care and Support for Vulnerable Populations ar Risk of HIV/STI in Shanghai, China.


In 2006, Professor Stanley Corbett completed a project as a co-investigator at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research entitled “Patient Safety and Health Governance” funded by Health Canada.


In 2005, Professor Nicholas Bala received additional SSHRC funding to continue his long-term, interdisciplinary Child Witness Project.


In 2004, Professor Anita Anand received a grant from the Advisory Research Council of Queen’s for a project entitled “The Effects of Changing Corporate Governance Disclosure Regimes on Corporate Boards and Audit Committees: 1994-2004” (with Steven Salterio of the School of Business). Professor Anand also received a grant from the Foundation for Legal Research for work on “Securities Regulation and the Public Interest: Measuring the Efficacy of Regulation”.


In 2004, Professor Martha Bailey received funding from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for the Canada-China Women’s Law Project on legal reforms in China on women’s rights. Professor Bailey also received a grant from Justice Canada to study proposed amendments to the Divorce Act.


In 2004, Professor David Freedman received a Curriculum Development Grant from the Innovation Centre at the University of Toronto to prepare course materials on Trade Secrets.


In 2004, Professor Sara Slinn received a grant from the Foundation for Legal Research for “An Empirical and Doctrinal Analysis of Employer Speech in the Union Organizing Context”.


In 2004, Professor Mark Weisberg was awarded a grant for “Reflecting on Teaching”, a book project with Yale Law Professor Jean Koh Peters.

In 2003, Professor Art Cockfield was given a three-year SSHRC Initiative on the New Economy Program grant for a project entitled “The Law and Economics of the Taxation of Electronic Commerce.”

In 2003, Professor Gary Trotter was awarded a three-year SSHRC grant for his project “Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Remedies” (with Professor Kent Roach at the University of Toronto).


In 2002, Professor Allan Manson was awarded a three-year SSHRC grant for his project “The Criminal Process and the Treatment of Mentally Disordered Offenders.”


In 2002, Professor Nicholas Bala received a three-year renewal of his SSHRC research grant for the Child Witness Project.


In 2002, Professor Bill Flanagan was granted a one-year grant from the Law Commission of Canada and SSHRC for a project on “Good Governance, World Citizenship and the Development of Canadian International Trade and Investment Policy” which focused on Canada/Brazil trade relations as a case study (with Dr. Gail Whiteman).


In 2002, Professor Anita Anand received a three-year SSHRC Initiative on the New Economy Program grant to examine why Canadian companies are not availing themselves to the Internet to facilitate securities offerings and financing (with Lewis Johnson at the Queen's School of Business).


In 2002, Professor Mark Walters was awarded the Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship by SSHRC to pursue “A Legal-Ethnohistorical Analysis of Crown-Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada”. He was also awarded a three-year SSHRC grant for a related project entitled “A Legal-Ethnohistorical Analysis of Aboriginal Peoples in Colonial Canada”.


In 2001, Professor Kathy Lahey was awarded a three-year SSHRC grant in support of research on “Women, Taxation and Employment: Removing Barriers to Women's Labour Force Participation”.

In 2001, Professor Art Cockfield joined the interdisciplinary Surveillance Project based in the Queen’s University Department of Sociology studying the effects of technology and global transfers of personal information (see 2008 above for the latest grant to this project).

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