Sara Ross

Indigenous Colloquium Tonight at Henry VIII Alehouse in Toronto


Osgoode Hall Professor Deborah McGregor, PhD

The Indigenous Colloquium featuring an informal presentation by Professor Deborah McGregor entitled “The Truth & Reconciliation Commission and Anishinaabe Concepts of Environmental Justice” will be held this evening, November 30, 2015, at 7pm. The back room of the Henry VIII Alehouse in Toronto has been reserved for the event. In advance of attending, Professor Brian Slattery of Osgoode Hall has requested you email him an RSVP so that they have an idea of the number of people attending. Of the event, the hosts have stated that, “Pub food and drinks are available for the hungry and thirsty, and a lively exchange of ideas is guaranteed. Everyone is most welcome!”

Sara Ross

The Laneway Project – Graffiti as Art in Toronto

The Laneway Project

The Laneway Project is a pilot art project in Toronto, Ontario, that intends to use graffiti murals to spruce up deteriorated or vandalized alleyways. One of the first spaces that will be subject to the art is Farquhars Lane, as the Laneway Project works with the Farquhars’ BIA to develop a plan forward. Another is O’Keefe Lane by Ryerson University. The various projects receive funding from the Government of Ontario’s Trillium Fund, and are led by Ariana Cancelli and Michelle Senayah. The mission of the project has been described as follows:

Laneways have untapped potential and when planned and designed effectively, can be an integral part of our public realm. Laneways can offer extensive cultural, economic, social, health and environmental benefits. They can play a role in creating engaging, lively and richly textured places where people want to live, work and visit … Toronto currently lacks laneway-specific planning policy, leaving this massive store of public space in a grey zone.

To read more about the project, you can visit their website here:

Sara Ross

Call For Papers: Socio-Legal Studies Association’s Annual Conference

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The Socio-Legal Studies Association has opened its call for papers for its annual conference, which will be held from April 5th-7th, 2016 at Lancaster University. The deadline for submissions is January 18th, 2016 for potential presenters to submit an abstract of 300 words through their online submissions platform. Selected speakers will be invited to provide a 20 minute presentation on panels of three. This year there are 29 streams to which you can apply, ranging across the socio-legal research spectrum. Travel bursaries are available for postgraduate students on a competitive basis.

To read more about the conference or to apply, you can visit their page on the Lancaster University website here:

Sara Ross

John Burrows Lectures on YouTube

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Photo of John Burrows from the University of Victoria website

The YouTube channel Law 340 has uploaded 21 new lectures from Professor John Burrows, on topics ranging from aboriginal law and other domestic issues related to Canadian Aboriginal peoples. Each lecture is approximately one hour and twenty minutes long, and have been added since September 2015 from his Fall Semester Law 340 class at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, on the subject of Indigenous Lands, Rights and Governments.

To view these lectures you can visit the channel here.

Sara Ross

Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics from the Institute of Art and Law

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The applications for the 2016 Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics at the Institute of Art and Law have opened, and the Institute encourages early submissions. The course will begin in February 2016, and will run one date each month until July 16th, with two dates in June. The seven day-course program comes at a cost of £1,800. A description of the program includes the following:

An intensive, interactive course from the Institute of Art and Law designed to introduce both art professionals and lawyers to the specific legal risks and safeguards that underpin all art transactions. It covers buying and selling, lending and borrowing, donating and accepting, disposing and giving away. It teaches how to avoid legal trouble and how to get the legal advantage.

To read more about the program and apply, you can visit their site here:

Sara Ross

Government of Ontario Opens Comment Period on Culture

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The Government of Ontario has opened a comment period on the subject of culture, specifically on the question of “What does culture mean to you?” Describing the program, the government has stated: “We need your feedback! Answer some or all of the following questions to help shape Ontario’s culture strategy … Our goals are to foster a respectful exchange of ideas and encourage productive discussion.” As of today, the five most popular proposals submitted according to online votes are:

1. Community Theatre in Ontario

2. Showcase and Inspire Local Artists, Artisans and Businesses

3. Library as community connector

4. Libraries are Your Cultural Playground

5. Architecture as Culture

To read more about the program and to submit your own comment or proposal, visit their website here:

Sara Ross

Call For Papers: 2016 Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop

Bruin statue by Billy Fitzgerald on UCLA campus

Bruin statue by Billy Fitzgerald on UCLA campus (Credit: Wikimedia)

2016 Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop is being cohosted by Columbia Law School, the University of Southern California Center for  Law, History & Culture, UCLA School of Law, and Georgetown University Law  School. The event will be held at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, over June 6-7th, 2016. Submissions are due by January 4, 2016, sent to the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at The description of the paper competition to attend to workshop includes the following:

The paper competition is open to untenured professors, advanced graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars in law and the humanities; in addition to drawing from numerous humanistic fields, we welcome critical, qualitative work in the social sciences. Based on anonymous evaluation by an interdisciplinary selection committee, between five and ten papers will be chosen for presentation at the June Workshop. At the Workshop, two senior scholars will comment on each paper. Commentators and other Workshop  participants will be asked to focus specifically on the strengths and weaknesses of the selected scholarly projects, with respect to subject and methodology. The  selected papers will then serve as the basis for a larger conversation among all the participants about the evolving standards by which we judge excellence and creativity in interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as about the nature of interdisciplinarity itself.

If interested, you can read more about the competition and workshop you can visit the Columbia University here.

Or a version of their Call For Papers here.

Sara Ross

Institute of Feminist Legal Studies Film Screening and Luncheon

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On Friday, November 27, 2015 between 12:30 and 2:30pm, the Institute of Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall will be hosting an end of term luncheon, including a screening of the preview of the documentary film Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer Politics, produced by Osgoode Hall Artist-in-Residence Kami Chisolm. Fellow Artist-in-Residence Nadine Valcin will also be in attendance (you can read our Law.Arts.Culture interview with Valcin here). RSVPs are due by November 24th at, using the reservation code “BOYD”.

Sara Ross

Major Amendment Coming to German Cultural Heritage Protection Laws


Painting of German Literary Great Johann Wolfgang von Goethe by master painter Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein

The rumblings began this past Spring, when art critics around the world adamantly opposed a plan to redraft German Cultural Heritage Protection Laws under the guidance of Culture Minister Monika Grütters, who intended to make it much more difficult to sell German art that could be seen of significant cultural heritage value. According to a DW Magazine article, “The proposed legislation aims to scrutinize the sale of any artworks or artifacts valued at more than 150,000 euro ($164,000) and older the 50 years, intending to both stem the flow of the illegal sale of antiques and keep works in Germany which are considered ‘national treasures.'” The criticism was led by the “world’s most expensive living painter” and German native Gerhard Richter. Part of the efforts, according to the article, would include the integration of the 2014 European Union Convention on the Protection of Cultural Heritage into German Law.

In response to the protests of the art community, including several artists withdrawing all their works from German museums as a caution against possible restrictive export laws, the draft bill was revised in September. According to Art Net, changes included that “Artworks traveling within the EU require an export permit if the works are older than 70 years and valued at over €300,000. The statement emphasized that the entire contemporary art segment is unaffected by these requirements,” and that “works by living artists may only be added to the list of nationally significant cultural goods with the artist’s permission.” The target for putting the law into place was early 2016 at that time.

Then this month, the German Federal cabinet approved the revision to the law. According to the Art Law Report, criticism from artists and art critics remain strong, although the bill is much more watered down than the original. While the sale of older works are still being restricted, the laws are inapplicable to either contemporary art works or living artists.


Sara Ross

Call For Papers: 2016 Law and Development Conference – “Law and Development: From the Global South Perspectives”

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The Call for Papers has been release for the 2016 Law and Development Institute Conference, co-sponsored by Emory University and University Austral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year’s theme is “Law and Development: From the Global South Perspectives”, to be held at University Austral over October 21-22, 2016. Submissions of abstracts for participation in the conference are due by December 1, 2015, and selected papers will be peer-reviewed after the final paper deadline of June 15, 2015 for those who are accepted. Those that undergo successful peer-review will also be included in a special issue of the Law and Development Review. The conference description includes the following:

For the past five decades, studies, movements, and projects in law and development have been organized primarily from the perspectives of the Global North. As a result, they have been neither successful in developing adequate understanding of the impact of law, legal frameworks, and institutions (LFIs) on development nor effective in facilitating development in impoverished countries. A shift in the paradigm, from the perspectives of the Global North to those of the Global South, will be necessary to revitalize law and development field and increase its effectiveness …

The conference encourages the participation of scholars and experts from the Global South, as well as from the Global North, and explores the following sup-topics from the perspective of the former:
– Developmental State
– Development and International Trade
– Development and Environment
– Development and Corruption
– The Rule of Law

Submissions should be sent to Professor Y.S. Lee by email at with a cc to Prof. Stephanie de Moerloose at