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Queen's University

A conversation about ‘Eric v Lola’ - the recent Canadian Supreme Court decision on breakdown of de facto spousal relationships in Quebec

February 7, 2013,  11:45 pm - 1:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202


Beverley Baines
Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Beverley Baines is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s and cross appointed to the School of Policy Studies and to the Department of Gender Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science. In the 2012 fall term she taught Public Law and Law Gender Equality; currently she teaches Constitutional Law and, in the School of Policy Studies, Law and Public Policy.

 Since acting as an advisor to some women’s groups during the drafting of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Professor Baines’ research interests have consistently focused on how courts, especially the Canadian Supreme Court, interpret the Charter guarantee of sex equality in women’s cases. Recent projects include analyzing cases and legislation restricting faith-based family law arbitrations, criminalizing polygamy, and banning (or failing to reasonably accommodate) the niqab from the perspective of the women who seek constitutional recognition of their intersecting rights to sex equality and religious freedom.

Her research also includes a reflection on whether feminist judges must self-identify as feminists and a paper examining feminist legal reasoning in the judgments of Justice Bertha Wilson, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1982.

Baines co-edited Feminist Constitutionalism: Global Perspectives (Cambridge, 2012) with Israeli Justice Daphne Barak-Erez and Professor Tsvi Kahana (Queen’s), and The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence(Cambridge, 2005) with Professor Ruth Rubio-Marin (Faculty of Law, University of Seville).

School of Policy Studies, Robert Sutherland Hall
Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.3020