Amanda Dale
Amanda Dale
Fellow (HRREC)
Director Engagement and Communications, Canadian Centre for Legal Innovation in Sexual Assault Law
Faculty, Women’s Human Rights Institute


Research interests

  • The translation of international human rights state obligations and norms into domestic protections though movement-building and grassroots advocacy
  • The Convention to End All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • International protections for 2SLGBTQ people
  • International gender-based violence GBV state obligations to prevent, protect and fulfill
  • International and domestic legal interpretations of intersectionality as human rights protections

Degrees: Honours BA, with High Distinction, Joint Specialist, Political Science and Women’s Studies, University of Toronto, 1988 | Master of Arts, with Distinction, Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex, UK, 1991, University of Oxford, UK, 2009-2011 | PhD in Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2014-2018

Amanda Dale is an international human rights scholar and activist, with a specialization in gender-based violence, access to justice and women's international human rights.

She is a recognized spokesperson and on women’s rights and violence against women. Amanda has over 30 years’ experience working in municipal, provincial, national, international, multicultural, urban, and remote contexts. Her leadership was pivotal to the Jane Doe Audit of Toronto Police sexual assault investigations, challenging the destruction of the gun registry in Canada, the successful restriction of the use of religious arbitration in the settlement of family law matters in Ontario, the development of a women’s shelter in the Arctic, and the success of projects in Ghana and Sudan that resulted in increased women’s political participation. Under her leadership as executive director, Canada's gender-based violence legal clinic, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, completed a historic period of growth and influence, including an advanced role in direct access to justice service development, test case litigation, appellate work and the achievement of U.N. ECOSOC status. For three decades, Amanda has remained active, contributing to many organizations across Canada and internationally.

Amanda is the Chair of the Board at Inter Pares, and part of the advisory board of the Canadian Centre for Legal Innovation in Sexual Assault Response (CCLISAR), and of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. Amanda is the 2013 recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Social Justice. She is a published author of peer-reviewed and popular articles on GBV, activism, intersectional human rights and gun control as a women’s rights issue.