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LGBT Survey Results: Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Nondiscrimination Policy

LGBT Student Organization(s)

The OUTLaws

The OUTLaws is a club whose purpose is to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at law school, and to have a fun time while doing it. For more information, contact the Law Students Association at 604.822.6471.

Pride UBC

Pride UBC is an Alma Mater Society resource group that offers the UBC community educational and social services dealing with sexuality.

LGBT Faculty

Bruce MacDougall

LGBT Administrator(s)

No details provided.

LGBT Course(s)

Students will find that LGBT topics are raised in a wide variety of classes, including those listed below.

Topics in Human Rights

This seminar will cover selected topics in human rights law. Though the emphasis will be on Canadian human rights law, there will be some comparative material as well. After a review of fundamental human rights concepts, we will examine a variety of subjects in greater detail. The exact subject matter will depend in part on current developments and on areas of special student interest. The following subjects provide an indication of the range of areas under consideration:

  • Poverty and Human Rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Transgender Issues
  • Employment Equity
  • Disability Rights
  • International Human Rights Instruments
  • Law Reform in Human Rights
  • Different Models of Human Rights Procedure

There will be a certain degree of overlap between this course and Law 451 (Human Rights in the Workplace), and it may be advisable to choose between these courses rather than to take both. This seminar differs from Law 350 (Issues in Equality and Social Justice) in that it places more emphasis on theory and policy, whereas the workshop format emphasizes practical work with lawyers and community groups on their issues and cases. However, there will again be some overlap in the material examined.

Family Law

This course surveys the legal framework surrounding the “family” and familial relationships in Canadian society. It also explores the socioeconomic and cultural implications of family law and the relevance of gender, sexual orientation, class, and race to the regulation of family relations. Major themes are state regulation of families through law, the relationship of law to changes in familial forms, the relationship of women’s and children’s rights to the evolution of family law, and the use of social context in legal argument. Topics will include cohabitation, marriage, adoption, child welfare, separation, divorce, property division, spousal and child support, child custody and access, and spousal torts.

Women, Law, and Social Change

This course provides a survey of western feminist legal thought and recent developments in feminism and law. Various feminist approaches to law are explored and illustrated by reference to selected substantive areas. Attention is paid to the diversity of feminist discourses on law and the ways in which some discourses have become dominant and others marginal. The interdisciplinary nature of the field and the intellectual traditions upon which feminist legal scholars rely will be investigated. The objective of the course is to provide an overview of feminist legal studies and an introduction to feminist legal theory. Students who wish to take more advanced seminars related to women and law are strongly advised to take this course first.

Topics in Feminist Legal Studies

The goal of this course is to understand and critically evaluate the most recent legislative and judicial developments in the criminal law of sexual assault in the context of the historical development of the law of rape in Canada and abroad. The course considers, within a feminist framework, recent developments in the procedural and substantive law of criminal sexual offenses, including causes and effects of sexual assault, the definition of consent and mistaken belief in consent, failure to disclose HIV+ status, access to the complainant’s counseling records, racism and sexual assault, the sexual assault of women with disabilities, prostitution, and community notification provisions. The course is taught through lecture, discussion, and audiovisual presentations.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

See the UBC Human Resources website, benefits section.

Additional Information

Our school provides an open and inclusive environment for all students, which naturally includes LGBT students. LGBT students hold positions within the Law Students Society, the Outlaws, and the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, to name but a few. The climate is supportive within the law school, the university, and the city in general.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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