Cross-appointed from the Faculty of Law
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Research/Teaching: Courses taught include Law and Public Policy in the School of Policy Studies; and in the Faculty of Law: Constitutional Law, Law Gender Equality, Public Law, Equality Rights and the Charter.
Professor Baines is one of the founders of feminist legal studies in Canada.
She recently published Feminist Constitutionalism: Global Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2012 with Daphne Barak-Erez and Tsvi Kahana), and The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence (Cambridge University Press, 2004, with Ruth Rubio-Marin). In both collections, the internationally renowned contributors examine constitutional jurisprudence in a wide range of countries to explain how constitutions shape and are shaped by women's lives.
Baines was involved in the movement to entrench women's equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Her long-term research project is to analyze a quarter century of Supreme Court of Canada decisions pertaining to women’s equality rights under the Charter. Most recently this research has focused is on women’s intersectional rights claims involving religious freedom and gender equality in the contexts of polygamy, faith-based family law arbitration, and state imposed niqab bans.
She co-coordinated the Women's Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts and Science between 1991 and 1993; served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1994 until 1997; and was Head of the Department of Women’s Studies (now Gender Studies) from 2004 until 2011.