Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 28th, 2019
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First Law of the Land: Sharing from the Great Dish

10:00 am–12:00 pm
Isabel Bader Theatre (Victoria College, 93 Charles Street West)

This event is open to the public – members of Indigenous communities are most welcome. Please RSVP on Eventbrite, or to jacq.briggs@mail.utoronto.ca or chandra.murdoch@mail.utoronto.ca so we can estimate numbers.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Collection of colourful hard-hatsTown Hall Meeting – New Academic Building

 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College

119 St. George Street Toronto, ON M5S 1A9

Come out to a town hall meeting to learn about the new academic building planned for Woodworth College, the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies (CrimSL), and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR). You will have the chance to comment on a schematic design approved by a Steering Committee formed with representatives from Woodsworth, CrimSL and the CIRHR.

  1. Welcome and Introductions – Carol Chin, Principal
  2. Brief Project Overview – Jacquanline Liu, Project Manager, University Planning, Design & Construction
  3. Project Presentation – Alar Kongats, kongats architects
  4. Q & A
About the project:

Woodsworth College and two of its partnering Centres are coming closer together through the devlopment of a new academic building in the Woodworth College precinct, which will build upon the academic and intellectual synergy of the College and the two Centres.

  • Development across the precinct will take the form of infill and strategic demolition. This first phase of the project will require demolition of the Drill Hall portion of 119 St George Street building, the current location of the Kruger Hall event and student space.
  • Among the constraints/ opportunities are the heritage elements of the historic buildings on the site and the much-coveted opened spaces.
  • The architectural vision of the project is to preserve the heritage fabric, open space and cohesive nature of its design; this vision is expanded upon under ‘Heritage status’. The new building must preserve the cloister-like connection to the courtyard, and step back with appropriate massing.
  • The first three levels of student and event space, in particular the main floor, must feel open, inviting and light-filled. Upper level floors should be designed to take advantage of new views of the courtyard, and along St George Street and minimize visual connection to Innis Residence immediately south of the site.

Past Events

Friday, March 15, 2019

Dr. Gail Super, “’Three warnings and you’re out’ : banishment and precarious penality in South Africa’s informal settlements”

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Friday March 8, 2019

2019 Graduate Student Conference: Borders and Barriers: Understanding Criminalization and Challenges to Human Rights

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dr. Stacy Douglas, “The Mourning After: Crisis, Law, Politics”

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Dr. Sida Liu, “Performing Artivism: Feminists, Lawyers, and Online Mobilization in China”

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dr. Vincent Chiao, “Criminal Law in the Age of the Administrative State”

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dr. Ellen Berrey, “Rights on Trial: How U.S. Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality”

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Friday, November 30, 2018

“Thinking about guilt and responsibility” A forum with Professor Alan Norrie.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Dr. Mark Anthony Geraghty, “Gacaca, Genocide, Genocide Ideology: The Violent Aftermaths of Transitional Justice in the New Rwanda”

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Senator Murray Sinclair will present the 2018 John Ll. J. Edwards Lecture “The Accidental Jurist: Thoughts on a life in the law”

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Dr. Ashley Rubin, “The Deviant Prison: Eastern State Penitentiary and the Advantage of Difference, 1829–1913”

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Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Diversity Our Strength? What Ford’s Attack on Toronto City Council Means for Diversity and Inclusion

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Rose(s) that Grew From Concrete: Conversations with Former Gang Members about Violence, Trauma and Policy Options

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Friday, September 14:

Dr. David Howes, “Sensational Jurisprudence: Law and the Governance of the Senses”

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July 12: Lunchtime Seminar by Chris Giacomantonio

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July 6: Talk by Francisco Valencia

Francisco Valencia eventFrancisco Valencia, the head of a Venezuelan NGO called CODEVIDA (Coalition of Associations for the Right to Health and Life), will give a talk about the healthcare crisis in Venezuela, and about his work as a human rights activist.
Canadiana Gallery room 160
Friday, July 6, 2018
5:00-7:00 pm

Broken Bail: Reform in Ontario A panel Discussion

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Book Launch
Provisional Authority:
Police, Order, and Security in India

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By Beatrice Jauregui
Assistant Professor
Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
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2017 Kornfeld Poster Red REVISED

Brabazon Neoliberal Legality Book Launch U of T B-1-1



FRIDAY March 10

Centre for Criminology &
Sociolegal Studies Graduate
Student Conference 2017:
Surveillance, Resistance,
& [In]Justice
in a Time
of Unrest

FRIDAY March 17

Monthly Crime, Law,
and Punishment (CLP) Salon

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Tuesday, February 14

Traumatic Brain Injury among People in Prison

Lecture by Dr. Flora I. Matheson

Monday, March 27

“The Way Forward: The Work of the TPS Transformational Task Force”

Sgt. James Hogan, Toronto Police Service

Friday February 3
3:30pm to 5:30pm

“Prosecuting HIV: Is it a Crime to have Sex without Disclosing?”

A Panel Discussion with

  • Maureen Owino, Director, Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment
  • Ryan Peck, Executive Director, HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario
  • Amy Swiffen, Sociology Department, Concordia University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies
  • Chris Tatham, Sociology Department, University of Toronto
  • Moderator: Audrey Macklin, Director, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies

Thursday January 26

“The Trump-Russia Nexus:
the Evidence, the Significance,
and the Consequences”

A panel discussion with

  • Prof. Peter Solomon
  • Prof. Leon Kosals
  • Prof. Matthew Light

Real Queer? Seminar on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Canadian Immigration Policy & Law

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“Mafiocracy: Organized crime and politics in Albania”

Lecture by Dr. Fabian Zhilla (Harvard)

MONDAY November 28
Ericson Seminar Room

2nd Floor, Canadiana Gallery

A Public Forum on Race, Policing and Black Lives Matter (October 2016)

Featured speakers included:

  • Marques Banks (Black Movement-Law Project)
  • Anthony Morgan (Human Rights/Public Interest Lawyer, Falconers LLP)
  • Idil Abdillahi (Ryerson, Social Work)
  • Ravyn Wngz, (Black Lives Matter Toronto)
  • Moderated by Akwasi Owusu-Bempah (University of Toronto, Sociology)

The Criminalization of Indigenous Peoples, Lecture by Dr. Lisa Monchalin
(October 2016)
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Twists, Turns, and Trends: Exploring Intersections Between Migration and the Law (March 2016)

Speakers: Christina Clark-Kazak (Glendon/York Centre for Refugee Studies), Audrey Macklin (UTG Law & Human Rights), Michelle Buckley (UTSC Human Geography) and Laura Bisaillon (UTSC Anthropology/Criminology & Sociolegal Studies)
Discussant: Donna Gabaccia (UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies)

Imprisonment in the U.S. in the era of “Black Lives Matter” (August 2015)

A Summer Event at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies

John Edwards Lecture (March 2015)

Professor Irwin Cotler — “The Omnibus Criminal (in) Justice Agenda: Whither Parliament, the Courts and the Charter”

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