14 September 2016

Since the advent of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, courts have become a focal point for policy change in Canada. Faced with litigation and court rulings, governments have been forced to develop or amend policy in such areas as safe  injection sites, sex work, and assisted dying. Increasingly, these landmark cases include extensive  social science evidentiary records. The purpose of this one-day workshop, supported by the Pierre  Elliott Trudeau Foundation, is to better understand the key role that social science plays in litigation strategies and judicial decision-making, and to examine best practices for effectively developing and using social science evidence for litigation-driven  policy change.

Call for presenters

A number of esteemed judges, scholars, and organizations have already committed to making presentations, but there is still room in the program for more perspectives.

Scholars, practitioners, policy makers, adjudicators, and organizations are invited to submit:

  • presentation or paper abstracts (300 words max.) and
  • a short bio (100 words max.)

To Benjamin Perryman by no later than September 30, 2016.

We welcome both academic and practical contributions on any element of this theme, and encourage submissions from all relevant disciplines as well as critical and government perspectives.

Date and venue of the conference

Wednesday 16 November 2016
Room C400, UBC Robson Square
The University of British Columbia
800 Robson Street
Vancouver BC V6Z 3B7 Canada

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Benjamin Perryman

Benjamin Perryman (law, Yale University) is applying the emerging science of happiness to ways that Canadian justice might better reflect the needs and aspirations of all citizens, including the marginalized.

2015 Scholars