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One of the significant contributions of Legal Studies researchers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is the creation of knowledge about the legal aspects of social conditions. Faculty members have analyzed how laws can contribute to and detract from the resolution of social problems.

Examples of research accomplishments that lead to social innovation and social problem-solving:

  • Dr. Rachel Ariss’ work on how the regulation of midwives affects social change and diversity, and her research on Indigenous law and land rights, as well as new research on Aboriginal consultation and municipal planning.
  • Dr. Sasha Baglay’s research on human trafficking and the failures of the current immigration and refugee system to adequately protect victims.
  • Dr. Thomas McMorrow’s work on the operation of informal law among people with intellectual disabilities, the role of law in facilitating student agency in institutionalized learning environments, and the place of Indigenous legal traditions in shaping property law reform on First Nations reserves in Canada.
  • Dr. Natalie Oman’s research on the duty to protect within international law, and her analysis of concepts of democracy at play in Indigenous governance and treaty negotiation.
  • Dr. Jen Rinaldi’s work on mobilizing the disability arts community and developing arts-based responses to institutionalization and biopedagogical scripts.
  • Dr. Andrea Slane’s research on shifts in understanding and addressing interpersonal wrongdoing in online environments, and on the balancing of such interests as privacy, open information exchange, and effective policing in the face of technological innovations.
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