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Technologies of Justice

Technologies of Justice, a conference hosted by the Legal Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, will primarily take place at the university's downtown campus location on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation that includes Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. Given that we are all implicated in and affected by law, technology, and justice relations, this conference aims to bring together the general public as well as academics, students and policy-makers alike. All interested individuals are welcome to attend. 

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  • About the conference

    Technologies of Justice is a two-day conference hosted by the Legal Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The purpose of this conference is to gain a more holistic understanding of the relationships between law, technology and (in)justice. Law and technology are not only discrete sets of mechanical or institutional tools, but ways to apprehend and experience the world. Too often studies of law and technology are compartmentalized with a focus on a selected policy problem or area of expertise. Yet, it is impossible to fully appreciate such questions without the 'big picture' of how technology is conceived of, utilized, and altering our being in multiple areas of life-—from private day-to-day activities to commercial and government operations. To this end, the conference will comprise diverse panels exploring these questions in contexts such as:

    • construction of intimacy and sexuality
    • cyberspace
    • engineering design
    • evidentiary record-keeping
    • immigration processing
    • institutional practices
    • labour and employment relations
    • legal education
    • tribunal decision-making

    Conference Location

    Technologies of Justice will be taking place at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology's downtown campus location in Oshawa, Ontario. The university is situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation that includes Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. 

    Conference proceedings will be centralized in the 61 Charles Street Building. The main entrance, located on Charles Street, is accessible via the elevator in the main entrance. The reception will be held on Friday evening at the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery (RMG), which is also wheelchair accessible. 

    This map situates 61 Charles Street within greater Downtown Oshawa

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    Directions and transit

    The university is located in Oshawa, Ontario, about an hour east of Toronto. Our campus is easy to get to from all points in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond, whether you decide to get here by car or by transit.

    If you are driving to the conference, all-day parking is available at the Mary Street parking garage, with an hourly rate of $1.25 (maximum of $12.50 per day), located at 103 King Street East, with access from both Bond Street as well as King Street. Street parking is also available for $1.25 per hour but is subject to timing restrictions. It is, however, free after 6 p.m. 

    Oshawa is also accessible via Durham Region Transit, Go Transit, and the VIA Rail. 

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    Note: Grant funding is only available to graduate students who are Canadian Law and Society Association (NCSA) members.

    The grant application period is now closed.


    Should you require accommodations during your time in Oshawa, the university has co-ordinated a group rate with Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oshawa. You can book your stay by either: 

    organizing committee

    Thomas McMorrow, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH)
    Sasha Baglay, PhD, Associate Professor, FSSH
    Jen Rinaldi, PhD, Assistant Professor, FSSH


    This conference could not take place without the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

  • Register

    The Technologies of Justice conference is free for all participants who register. Registration covers both days of activities as well as breakfast and lunch. 

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    The Alger Building located at 61 Charles Street in Downtown Oshawa

  • Itinerary

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    Draft program and Canadian Law and Society Association Mid-winter meeting schedule

    Thursday, January 25 - Pre-conference - Bordessa Hall, Room 524 (55 Bond Street East, Oshawa, Ontario)

    • 1 to 1: 30 p.m. - Early registration opens; participants are welcome to arrive Thursday to attend a pre-conference session organized by the Earth Systems Governance Representations of and Rights for the Environment Working Group (ESGRREW).

    • 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.:
      • Panel A - Room 524, Bordessa Hall
      • ESGRREW Symposium: Addressing Climate Change: Law, Technology and Environmental Ethics: 
        • Deborah McGregor, Osgoode Hall Law School
        • Sarah Burch, University of Waterloo
        • Audra Mitchell, Wilfred Laurier University
        • Daniel Hoornweg, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
        • Sandy Lamalle, Loyola Sustainability Research Centre
        • Andrea Slane, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
        • Peter Stoett, Dean, FSSH, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
    • 7 p.m. - Dinner at local restaurant.

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    Friday, January 26 - Day 1 - 61 Charles Street, Second floor, Oshawa, Ontario 

    • 8:30 to 9 a.m. - Registration
    • 9 to 9:30 a.m. - Welcome Address
    • 9:30 to 11 a.m.:
      • Panel A - Room 220
      • Law, Process and Indigenous Rights:
        • Natalie Oman and Nelcy Lopez-Cuellar, "The Implications of the Indigenous Right of Physical and Cultural Survival for Free, Prior and Informed Consent".
        • Daniel Huizenga, "'Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)'and Living Law in South Africa: Neoliberal Technologies and the Limits of Governmentality".
        • Blaine Favel, "Developing A Made-in-Canada Approach to FPIC".
        • Jill Stauffer, "Indigenous Rights, Legal Violence, and Temporal Resistance".

          Chair: Thomas McMorrow

      • Panel B - Room 217
      • Surveillance, Privacy and Security in the Digital Era:
        • Irma Spahiu, "Is Technology Turning Against Us?: The Case of the Right of Privacy".
        • Michael Mopas, "Hearing Voices: Sound, Technology, and Expert Listening in the Legal Arena".
        • Joanne Prince, "Hanging Up on Fearon: Cell-phone Privacy and the Supreme Court".

          Chair: Andrea Slane

    • 11 to 11:15 a.m. - Coffee break

    • 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.:
      • Panel A - Room 220
      • The State's Role in the Lives of Children and Families:
        • Preet Kaur, "Multicultural Accommodation and Ontario Family Law: Navigating Forums, Actors and Transnational Marriage Breakdown".
        • Lori Chambers, "The Historical Development of Children's Right to Protection from Harm in Canada".
        • Kelly Gallagher-Mackay, "Child Welfare, Parenting by the Corporate State and the Children who Stay at Home".
        • Rachel Ariss, "Documenting Birth: Parentage and Surrogacy in Ontario New Birth Registration Forms".

          Chair: Lyndsay Campbell

      • Panel B - Room 217
      • Data Mining and Justice Outcomes:
        • Antwi Boasiako Frimpong, "EAccess to Justice and the Digital Divide: A Framework for Analysis".
        • Patricia Cochran and Freya Kodar, "Automated Decision-making and Relational Justice: Credit and Justice for Low-income People".
        • Joseph Lehnert, "Humanitarian Governance in the Age of Big Data: A Political History of Social Science Methods, Law and Humanitarianism".
        • Cristie Ford, "Does 'Justice' Mean 'Just Outcomes' or 'Just Reasoning'?".

          Chair: Shauna Labman

    • 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. - Lunch and concurrent film screening: Inaakonigewin andaada aki: Michi Saagiig Treaties

    • 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.:
      • Panel A - Room 220
      • Technology on Trial? Exploring the Use and Misuse of Evidence:
        • Rashmee Singh and Dawn Moore, "The Role of Photographic Evidence of Victim Injuries in Cases of Interpersonal Assault".
        • Caroline Erentzen, Regina A. Schuller and Kimberley A. Clow, "Agents of Change: Post-Conviction DNA Testing and the Innocence Revolution".
        • Victoria Hall, Rosemary Ricardelli and Kimberley A. Clow, "Student Reactions to Exonorees: Differing Perceptions Regarding DNA Evidence, Mistaken Eyewitnesses, and False Confessions".
        • Cecilia Hageman and Dawn Cohen, "The Use of Expert Forensic DNA Testimony in Ontario Criminal Trial Courts".
        • Margaret Martin, "The Use of Novel fMRI Technology to Detect Covert Awareness"

          Chair: Kelly Gallagher-Mackay

      • Panel B - Room 217
      • Ways of Doing and Knowing Law:
        • Sara Ross, "Pursuing Legal Justice in the Shadows of the Virtual: Online Gathering Spaces and Socio-legal Research Methodologies".
        • Ung Shen Goh, "Branding Justice: How the Canadian Trademarks Database can Address Linguistic Inequalities".
        • Julie Falck, "Visualizing Native Title: Methods for Mapping, Measuring, and Making Meaning".
        • Lyndsay Campbell, "Courts, Assemblies and Privilege: Individual Rights in the Colonies in the early Nineteenth Century".

          Chair: Lori Chambers

    • 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. - Coffee break

    • 3:30 to 5 p.m.:
      • Panel A - Room 220
      • Social Media, Democracy and Governmentality:
        • Tanner Mirrlees, "Social Media Technologies and Social Justice: The Case of Facebook".
        • Helene Wheeler, "Not So Innocent Bystanders: Revisiting Bystander Liability in the Age of Social Media".
        • Giancarlo Fiorella, "The Legalization of Electoral Fraud in Venezuela".
        • Eduardo Acosta, "Defenders of Original Episteme, Alternative Communication in Columbia, Right to the Word in the Middle of Silence".

          Chair: Cristie Ford

      • Panel B - Room 217
      • People and Food: Intersections of Law, Politics, Technology and Culture:
        • Shauna Labman, "Celebrity Refugees: Telling of Trauma and Celebrating Success".
        • Angela Lee, "The New Frontiers of Flesh Food".
        • Lara Tessaro, "At Some Loss as to the Precise Object you have in Mind': Enacting Estrogenic Substances with Canada's Food and Drugs Act, 1939-1944".

          Chair: Jen Rinaldi

    Evening plenary panel and reception - The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Oshawa, Ontario

    • 5 to 5:30 p.m. - Arrive at the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery
    • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Treaties as Technologies of Justice?
      • Welcome remarks: featuring Bob Bailey (Interim President & Vice Chancellor, UOIT); John Henry (Mayor of Oshawa); Peter Stoett (Dean, Faculty of Social Science & Humanities); and Lyndsay Campbell (President, Canadian Law and Society Association).
      • Musical performance: The Debewin Sisters (Jamie Kozlinsky, Fay Koss and Jill Thompson)
      • Artistic performance: Vanessa Dion Fletcher
        • Her autobiographical performance, entitled Níi ha Lenaapèexkweew, uses language, image, and sound to trace the impact of Indigenous and colonial laws over her.

      • Plenary panel: Treaties as Technologies of Justice?

        • This plenary panel, bringing together thinkers from across the country, addresses the question of what it means to see “treaties as technologies of justice.” The historical record of Crown-Indigenous relations may suggest the contrary—that if anything, treaties have been used and abused as tools of dispossession and oppression. Panelists will discuss a range of subjects, including differences between viewing treaties as sacred relationships, as opposed to merely instruments of governance. The purpose of this panel is to present a range of perspectives that centre Indigenous laws and just inter-societal socio-legal relationships.

          Featuring: Michael Coyle (University of Western Ontario), Karen Drake (Osgoode Hall Law School), Johnny Mack (University of British Columbia), Janice Makokis (University of Alberta) and Anne Taylor (Curve Lake Cultural Centre).

          Chair: Natalie Oman

    • 7:30 to 9 p.m. - Reception

    Saturday, January 27 - Day 2

    • 9:30 to 11 a.m.:
      • Panel A - Room 220
      • eAccess to Justice:
        • Jane Bailey, "Fundamental Values in a Technologized Age".
        • Jacquie Burkell, "Troubling the Technological Imperative: Views on Responsible Implementation of Court Technologies".
        • Fabien Gélinas, "Continuity and Technological Change in Justice Delivery".

          Chair: Faisal Bhabha

      • Panel B - Room 217
      • Technologies of Sexual (in)Justice
        • Mercedes Cavallo
        • Daniel Del Gobbo
        • Ido Katri
        • Megan Ross
        • Luke Taylor

          Chair: Brenda Cossman

    • 11 to 11: 15 a.m. - Coffee break

    • 11:15 to 12:45 p.m.:
      • Panel A - DTA 220
      • Legal Education:
        • David Sandomierski, "The Failure to Operationalize: The Imperfect Realization of Canadian Contract Law Professors' Capacious Aspirations for Legal Education".
        • Thomas McMorrow, "Querying the Idea of a Canon for Legal Studies in Canada".
        • Faisal Bhabha, "Lawyer as Curator".

          Chair: Bruce Curran

      • Panel B: Regulating Sex and Marriage: Implications for Peoples’ Lives:
        • Emily Snyder and Margaret Poitras, "HIV Non-Disclosure and Canadian law: Impacts on Indigenous People in Regina".
        • Alexander McClelland, "'To label someone a sex offender, you know, that's for life': Lived Experiences of People Classified as Risks to Public Safety Under Community Technologies of Surveillance".
        • Annie Bunting, “Making sense of child, early and forced marriage among Syrian refugee girls: a mixed methods study in Lebanon”

          Chair: Rashmee Singh

    • 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. - Lunch and plenary panel - Room 219
    • Technology and Work: Justice Boom or Fissuring Bane? 
      • Bruce Curran, "The Use of Technology to Find Solutions to Delay in Grievance Arbitration".
      • Tim Bartkiew, "How Technology has Facilitated the Growth of the Staffing Industry".
      • Tingting Zhang, "Using Twitter Accounts to Predict Union Influence Online and Offline".
      • Brad James, "The Use of Technology in Union Organizing".
      • Brendan Sweeney, "The Impact of Technology on the Canadian Automotive Sector".

        Chair: Rachel Ariss

    • 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.:
      • Panel A - Room 217
      • Immigration and Refugee Law Issues Under the Microscope:
        • Hilary Evans Cameron, "'The Top 5 Ways to Spot a Liar': Refugee Status, Decision-making and the Science of Lie Detection".
        • Kristin Marshall, "Improving Refugee Law Services in Ontario: Lessons Learned from Mentorship Program".
        • Stephanie Silverman, "The Return of Habeus Corpus to Ontario Immigration Detention Proceedings: Too Little, Too Late?".
        • Dagmar Soennecken and Chris Anderson, "Litigating against Harper: Refugee Advocates in the Courts".
        • Joao Velloso, "Interculturality and Legal Innovation: Establishing Marital Status During Sponsorship Appeals at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada".

          Chair: Sasha Baglay

      • Panel B - Room 220
      • Violent Custodial Logics:
        • Morgan Rowe, "'Insufficient Evidence': Surveillance, Exposure, and the Medicalization of Disability Identity in Ontario Human Rights Law".
        • Tess Sheldon, "On Institutional Violence".
        • Jen Rinaldi and Kate Rossiter, "The Institutional Cases: Defining the Conditions for Moral Abdication".

          Chair: Bruce Ryder

    • 2:15 to 4 p.m. - Canadian Journal of Law and Society editorial board meeting - Bordessa Hall, Room 524.
    • 4 to 7 pm - Canadian Law and Society Association and Canadian Journal of Law and Society meetings and business - Bordessa Hall, Room 524.
    • 7 p.m. - Dinner at local restaurant.
  • Featured speakers

    Anne Taylor

    Anne Taylor

    Anne Taylor is from the Curve Lake First Nation where she works as a cultural archivist. She has given presentations and moderated panels on the history of local treaties, including Treaty 20.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. 

    Janice Makokis

    Janice Makokis

    Janice Makokis is a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree woman), Indigenous Scholar and Activist, Legal Eagle, treaty educator, treaty fighter, and leader for Idle No More and regular Twitter user (@bearclannation). She was born and raised on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in northeastern Alberta. She holds a master's degree in Indigenous Studies and earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2010. She articled with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto, Ontario. She is an Indigenous Education Advisor/Instructor, Faculty of Extension, Indigenous Programs at University of Alberta.

    Johnny Mack

    Johnny Mack

    Johnny Mack is an Assistant Professor of Law and of First Nations and Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is a Nuu-chah-nulth law scholar with research interests in Indigenous legal traditions, Indigenous constitutionalism, subjectivity, critical theory, postcolonial theory, legal pluralism, and settler law. In 2011 he was selected as a Trudeau Foundation scholar. His doctoral research assessed how the Aboriginal rights and title framework and contemporary treaty negotiations in Canada carry forward the momentum of earlier colonial policies by continuing to dispossess Indigenous peoples of their land base and facilitating their reintegration into the land as liberal democratic Canadians.

    Karen Drake

    Karen Drake

    Karen Drake is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She holds several degrees, including JD and LLM degrees from the University of Toronto. She articled with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, completed clerkships with the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court, and practised for three years with Erickson & Partners, focusing on Aboriginal legal issues, human rights, and labour and employment law. She has taught Aboriginal Legal Issues, Indigenous Legal Traditions, Property Law, and Legal Philosophy. Her research interests include the intersection between liberalism and Aboriginal rights, the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal peoples in the context of resource extraction, Métis legal issues, and the role of legal processes and legal education in promoting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. She serves as a Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a Commissioner with the Commission on Métis Rights and Self-Government, a member of the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Bar Association, and a member of the Thunder Bay Métis Council.

    Michael Coyle

    Michael Coyle

    Michael Coyle is a Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Students at Western University Faculty of Law. His primary research interests relate to Aboriginal rights and dispute resolution theory. In 2004 he was commissioned by the Ipperwash Inquiry to write its background research paper on Aboriginal land claims and treaty rights in Ontario. In the past four years he has been invited twice by the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples to present submissions to the Committee on land claims reform. He is currently the holder of a three-year Standard SSHRC Research Grant for a project to investigate and consider the legal paradigms, which might be applied to govern access to remedies for breach of treaty claims by Aboriginal peoples. In 2017, he co-edited (with John Borrows) the scholarly collection, The Right Relationship: Reimagining the Implementation of Historical Treaties (University of Toronto Press).

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