Social Justice and the Law Conference University of Victoria

26 01 2012


Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, followed by a reception 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Fraser Building Room 159, University of Victoria

Fee (sliding scale): $20 waged • Free to unwaged people, including students

Lunch included with registration.

The University of Victoria’s Social Justice Studies Program and the Faculty of Law join Together Against Poverty Society in welcoming the public to attend a day long exploration of Social Justice and the Law on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

This important conference aims to build on and stimulate growing discussion and concerns about whether and how law can be used to gain greater social justice in our community, and in the world at large. It is in response to widespread and intense interest in these issues that UVic Social Justice Studies (UVicSJS), the UVic Faculty of Law, and Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) decided to co-host a conference. In order to make this event accessible to activists, students, scholars and concerned citizens, panels will include a variety of speakers from a range of backgrounds. After a full day of dialogue we invite all attendees to join us for a reception.

Social Justice and the Law’s keynote speaker will be David Eby, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association presenting his talk “Skunks at the Picnic: The Disruptive But Essential Role of Social Justice Lawyers, Advocates and Law Students in British Columbia.”

Panels will include: Poverty Law & Criminalization of the Poor • Indigenous Issues & the Law • Environmental Justice & the Law • Legal Aid & Advocacy.

This conference part of the Social Justice Studies program’s commitment to promoting civic engagement amongst students, faculty and the community. The interdisciplinary program provides critical perspectives on socio-political and ecological challenges and aims “to provide students with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and activists address and engage with issues surrounding social injustices and initiatives promoting social justice…”

Presented by: UVic Faculty of Law, UVic Social Justice Studies Program, and Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

With financial support from: The Law Foundation of British Columbia