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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

    For more information regarding accessibility at the Technologies of Justice Conference, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee at

    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. 

    Learn more about how to get to the conference

    Download the travel/accommodation grant funding form

    Please submit your completed grant form to by Friday, November 24.


    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

    • 1: 30 p.m. - Early registration opens.
    • 2 to 5 p.m. - Law, Technology and Environmental Ethics: All are welcome to attend this Thursday afternoon session organized by Earth Systems Governance Representations of and Rights for the Environment Workgroup (ESGRREW).
    • 6 p.m. - Dinner at local restaurant.

    Friday, January 26 - Day 1 

    • 8:30 to 9 a.m. - Registration
    • 9 to 9:30 a.m. - Welcome address
    • 9:30 to 11 a.m. 
      • Panel A: 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, "Can Law be Fair to Delgamuukw? On Legal Violence and Temporal Resistance".
      • Panel B: Surveillance, Privacy and Security in the Digital Era:
        • Alexandra Dodge, "Is 'Revenge Porn' New?: Digitized Understandings of Non-Consensual Image Sharing in Canadian Case Law".
        • 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".
    • 11 to 11:15 a.m. - Coffee break
    • 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
      • Panel A: 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".
      • Panel B: Data Mining and Justice Outcomes:
        • Antwi Boasiako Frimpong, "EAccess to Justice and the Digital Divide: A Framework for Analysis".
        • Patricia Cochran & 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'?".
    • 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. - Lunch
    • 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
      • Panel A: 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 & 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".
        • David Issac, "The Use of Novel fMRI Technology to Detect Covert Awareness: A Case Study".
      • Panel B: 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".
    • 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. - Coffee break
    • 3:30 to 5 p.m.
      • Panel A: 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".
      • Panel B: People and Food: Intersections of Law, Politics, Technology and Culture:
        • Shauna Labman, "Celebrity Refugees: Telling of Trauma & Celebrating Success".
        • Joao Velloso, "Interculturality and Legal Innovation: Establishing Marital Status During Sponsorship Appeals at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada".
        • 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".

    Evening plenary panel and reception

    • 5 to 5:30 p.m. - Arrive at Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery
    • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Treaties as Technologies of Justice?
      • Musical performance: The Debewin Sisters (Jamie Kozlinsky, Fay Koss and Jill Thompson)
      • Artistic performance: Vanessa Dion Fletcher
      • Plenary panel: Treaties as Technologies of Justice?
    • 7:30 to 9 p.m. - Reception

    Saturday, January 27 - Day 2

    • 9:30 to 11 a.m.
      • Panel A: eAccess to Justice:
        • Jane Bailey
        • Jacquie Burkell
        • Fabien Gélinas 
        • Panel B: Technologies of Sexual (in)Justice:
        • Mercedes Cavallo
        • Brenda Cossman
        • Daniel Del Gobbo
        • Ido Katri
        • Megan Ross
        • Luke Taylor
    • 11 to 11: 15 a.m. - Coffee break
    • 11:15 to 12:45 p.m.
      • Panel A: Legal Education:
        • David Sandomierski, "The Failure to Operationalize: The Imperfect Realization of Canadian Contract Law Professors' Capacious Aspirations for Legal Education".
        • Swethaa Ballakrishnen and Carole Silver, "The Importance of Being International?".
        • Thomas McMorrow, "Querying the Idea of a Canon for Legal Studies in Canada".
        • Faisal Bhabha, "Lawyer as Curator".
      • Panel B: Criminalized Sexuality and Surveillance:
        • Margaret Poitras and Emily Snyder, "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".
        • Andrea Braithwaite, "'A girl needs closure': Technologies of Surveillance and Vengeance in Teen TV".
    • 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. - Lunch and plenary panel: Technology and Work: Justice Boom or Fissuring Bane?
      • Bruce Curran, "The Use of Technology to Find Solutions to Delay in Grievance Arbitration".
      • Dr. Tim Bartkiew, "How Technology has Facilitated the Growth of the Staffin Industry".
      • Tingting Zhang, "Using Twitter Accounts to Predict Union Influence Online and Offline".
      • Brad James, "The Use of Technology in Union Organizing".
      • Dr. Brendan Sweeney, "The Impact of Technology on the Canadian Automotive Sector".
    • 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
      • Panel A: 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".
        • Sule Tomkinson, "Who are you Afraid of and Why? Inside the Black Box of Refugee Tribunals".
        • Kristin Marshall, "Improving Refugee Law Services in Ontario: Lessons Learned from Mentorship Program".
        • Stephanie Silverman, "The Dog-Whistle Politics of Immigration Detention".
        • Dagmar Soennecken and Chris Anderson, "Litigating against Harper: Refugee Advocates in the Courts".
      • Panel B: Violent Custodial Logics:
        • Morgan Rowe, "'Insufficient Evidence': Surveillance, Exposure, and the Medicalization of Disability Identity in Ontario Human Rights Law".
        • C Tes Sheldon, "On Institutional Violence".
        • Ena Chadha, "Mentally Defectives Not Welcome: Mental Disability in Canadian Immigration Law".
        • Jen Rinaldi and Kate Rossiter, "The Institutional Cases: Defining the Conditions for Moral Abdication".
    • 4 to 7 p.m. - Canadian Law & Society Association and Canadian Journal of Law & Society meetings and business proceedings
    • 7 p.m. - Dinner at local restaurant
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