Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sara Ross

NSCAD event: Feminist and Queer Collectives Group Exhibition


The Feminist and Queer Collectives Group Exhibition of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design are hosting an art exhibition between December 8th and 12th, 2015, to be held at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. The collectives have described their exhibition as follows:

This year the NSCAD Feminist and Queer Collectives have partnered to present an exhibition exploring the interconnectedness of queer and feminist politics. While probing contemporary issues on one hand and honouring the legacy of queer and feminist collaboration on the other, this exhibition promises to explore the dynamic relationship between feminism and queer liberation past, present and future. Annually, the Feminist and Queer Collectives exhibition acts as a commemoration of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, keeping close to our hearts the memory of the 14 women killed at the Ecole Polytechnique on December 6th, 1989.

You can read more about the collectives and their work here:

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Sara Ross

Call For Papers: Art & Law – Art in Peril

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The Art & Law interdisciplinary conference has released the call for papers for its 2016 conference on the theme of Art in Peril. To apply, a 300 word abstract is due by February 28, 2016 to Professor Sarah Rabinowe at the submission email The conference will be taking place at the University of Cambridge on June 23, 2016. The conference description includes the following:

Art & Law: Art in Peril is an interdisciplinary conference convened to discuss varying perspectives on questions of art and law and to break down the barriers of specialization. Art & Law: Art in Peril intends to improve communication and promote an exchange on the most pressing issues at the juncture of art and law. We aim to compose panels of speakers from a variety of disciplines, grouping papers by theme, geographic or temporal location, rather than by academic department.

For more about the conference, you can visit there website here:

Sara Ross

2015 Clawbies Nominations – Arts and Culture Blogs Nominations

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The 2015 Canadian Law Blog Awards nominations are now open, with a nomination window between December 1st and December 23rd, 2015. This year the awards will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of raising awareness about Canadian online legal literature through their annual event. There are several awards given out each year for various genres of legal blogs, and this year I am nominating the following three blogs for consideration:

Combat Sports Law ( A previous “Clawbie” recipient, this blog has been a great resource to me in my own study of MMA-related law. With multiple postings per month, the blog is the single best place to find stories related to law and combat sports, featuring both domestic and international stories–including a range of issues from doping cases to MMA legalization issues. ( This blog, run by Kalogiannides Law, provides excellent coverage of the legal issues surrounding the Toronto music scene. It is topical and on-top of the current events in the music scene in Canada’s largest entertainment market. TorontoMusicLaw also seems to strive to cover all different aspects of how the law affects music, from noise bylaws and their affect on live music, to copyright and contractual issues.

The Life of the Law ( This US blog covers how the law is being applied in real life, contemporary events, and what to make of it. Posts cover a range of US and international subjects, and topics throughout the range of legal issues. By personalizing legal issues, The Life of the Law creates a space where the affects of the law on society can be better understood by both legal professionals and lay-people.

To nominate someone yourself, you can either Tweet your nomination using #clawbies2015, #clawbiesat10, or write your own nomination post, naming three or more potential blog nominees (remember not to nominate yourself, in accordance with the awards’ rules). You can read more about this years awards at the Clawbies website here:

Sara Ross

Peruvian Congress Overrides Presidential Veto on Decree 1198


The Ruins of Ollantaytambo (Credit: Bernard Gagnon)

The Congress of the Republic of Peru has overridden the veto of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala of Congressional Decree 1198, a bill that had led to national strikes by groups including The Regional Federation of Cusco Workers and the temporary closures of services like PeruRail, which escorts tourists up from Cusco to the foot of the mountain where Machu Picchu is located. Following the protests Congress repealed the law, but the President vetoed the law’s repeal, forcing Decree 1198 to move forward as law, allowing private companies to provide restoration and tourist services at archaeological sites.

Following the veto, the law was revised in order to specify that individual states and sites could be exempted if they chose not to allow private enterprises to take over their administration. On November 26th, the Congress then overrode the veto and new law, repealing the law completely. According to Peru Reports, “Culture minister Diana Alvarez, a proponent of the bill, said she would go back to the drawing board to find a way to care for the thousands of archaeological sites which the government does not have the resources to develop or protect.”

Sara Ross

Keynote for the 2016 GLSA Graduate Student Conference: Elizabeth Mertz

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The 2016 edition of the Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Students Conference has officially landed this year’s keynote speaker: University of Wisconsin Law School’s John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law Elizabeth Mertz, who is cross-appointed with the American Bar Foundation. Mertz is one of the key figures in the rising field of Legal Anthropology and one of the founding figures of the field of New Legal Realism. She is also known as a pioneer in the field of law and language.

A seminal figure in modern interdisciplinary research, Mertz is a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association and has also taught at Northwestern University and Princeton. Her books include Transforming States: Ethnographies of Subjectivity and Agency in Changing Political Contexts, Law in Action: A Socio-Legal Reader, The Use of Social Science in Legal Decisions, and Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Lives in Contexts of Dramatic Political Change. In 2016, she will publish a co-authored work entitled The New Legal Realism: Volume 1 – Translating Law-and-Society for Today’s Legal Practice, which is set for release on the 29th of February, less than two weeks after her keynote address on February 18, 2016.

To read more about the conference in general, you can read the Call For Papers here on the GLSA website. The deadline to apply, December 4, 2015, is fast approaching. Make sure to send in your application today! This year I am the co-Chair of both the GLSA and the conference planning committee, and I can tell you that this is just one of the many great events we have planned for the conference to be held over February 18th-19th, 2016 at Osgoode Hall Law School.