Law as a Terrain for Advancing Social Justice: Celebrating the Career of Professor Martha Jackman

Faculty of Law - Common Law Section
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Social justice

By Common Law

Communication, Faculty of Law

Two images side-by-side. On the left a stack of law books about social justice and policy. On the right a photo of professor Martha Jackman.
In honour of her retirement, Professor Martha Jackman will be celebrated on May 23, 2024 at a symposium exploring the major social justice issues that have marked her exceptional career.

Long recognized as one of Canada’s leading scholars on socio-economic and equality rights, Professor Jackman has been an extraordinary champion for inclusiveness and a powerful example to the academy, the legal profession and the broader public of the unique and valuable role of the activist-scholar in advancing equality in Canada.

Her internationally-recognized record of research articulates rigorous interpretations of constitutional rights to equality, life, liberty and security of the person, and has been the central authoritative source for poverty related Charter litigation in Canada for over 35 years. She has also played a pivotal role in shaping future generations of feminist advocates. Through her teaching and advocacy efforts, she has equipped aspiring legal minds with the tools they need to navigate the complexities of substantive rights advocacy.

This symposium – “Law as a Terrain for Advancing Social Justice” – will bring together scholars, lawyers and equality activists to recognize Professor Jackman's remarkable contributions and reaffirm a collective commitment to advancing social justice through legal channels. This event will serve as a testament to Martha Jackman’s enduring impact and the ongoing relevance of her tireless pursuit of equality.

WHAT: “Law as a Terrain for Advancing Social Justice: Symposium on the Occasion of Martha Jackman’s Retirement”
WHEN:  May 23, 2024, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Desmarais Building, Room 12102, 55 Laurier Avenue East, University of Ottawa

Registration is free to all. Click here to register and to view the full program of the event.

Please note that the majority of this event’s panels will be in English. Live translated captions in both languages will be available for all panels.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and support from the Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession, the Public Law Centre and the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.