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LGBT Survey Results: Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Nondiscrimination Policy

Osgoode Hall Law School, its staff, students, and faculty, subscribe to the public policy enunciated in the preamble to the Ontario Human Rights Code and state expressly that they seek to do everything possible to enhance that policy within the Law School community. To this end, the Law School affirms that every member of the community has a right to equal treatment without discrimination, and in particular, without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, political orientation, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family status, or handicap.

The preamble to the Ontario Human Rights Code reads, in part, as follows:

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world and is in accord with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as proclaimed by the United Nations;

And whereas it is public policy in Ontario to recognize the dignity and worth of every person and to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination that is contrary to law...”

LGBT Student Organization(s)

For information about the Osgoode Hall Law School OUTLaws, contact outlaws@osgoode.yorku.ca.

LGBT Faculty

Hengameh Saberi
Professor and Cochair of the 2016–2017 Osgoode Equality Committee
Email: hsaberi@osgoode.yorku.ca

LGBT Administrator(s)

Alissa Cooper
Manager, Admissions and Student Financial Services
Email: acooper@osgoode.yorku.ca

LGBT Course(s)

Course offerings vary from year to year but may include

  • Anti-discrimination Intensive Program: The Anti-discrimination Intensive Program consists of a placement at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, an academic seminar, and a research paper. The program offers students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge of anti-discrimination law and of an administrative law enforcement and resolution process from beginning to end.
  • Discrimination and the Law: The purpose of this seminar course is to study constitutional and statutory anti-discrimination law in depth, with an emphasis on section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.
  • Family Law: This course is intended to provide an introduction to the legal regulation of family in Canadian and provincial law. It includes an examination of the creation of the family unit, the regulation of the ongoing family, and the problems of family breakdown.
  • Law, Gender, and Equality: This course focuses on how law and gender operate in two thematic areas: the way we manage/interpret appearance, and restrictions on access to spaces and groups in which we learn, work, and play. Through readings, visitors, group discussion, and individual research and writing, the course explores how to analyze gender (in)equality and the ways that law promotes and thwarts our choices and actions.
  • Sexuality in the Law: This praxicum seminar offers students the opportunity to engage with and reflect on both the theory and practice of using law to work towards substantive equality for LGBT families. Students will consider developments in LGBT familial recognition and the law’s continued failure to respect familial diversity. Students will participate in efforts to redefine parentage to recognize the realities of modern families, including those headed by LGBT parents.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

There is a health plan available for JD students. Its family coverage extends to spouses (including common-law and same-sex partners).

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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