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Disorienting Dilemma Podcast

Jake MacIsaac, one of the Restorative Lab’s Associates, hosts this podcast reflecting on issues in society and spreading a restorative perspective. He and his co-host, Chris Jarvis, describe the podcast as:

Two longtime friends, both Canadian – one black, one white, and both men – explore what it looks like to adopt the mindset of an inclusive society. Instead of asking, ”How do we get there?”, Jake and Chris discuss what does it look like to act as if we’re there already.

You can learn more here and listen to some recent episodes below:




Public Lecture Series 2022: Daniel Del Gobbo

Lighting a Spark: Feminism, Emotions, and the Legal Imagination of Campus Sexual Violence

Daniel Del Gobbo

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University Faculty of Law

Fellow – Restorative Research, Innovation, & Education Lab 

Monday May 9th, 2022, at 6:30 pm Atlantic Time via Zoom

This talk will explore how feminist law and policymakers have been inspired by collectively generated experiences of emotion that help to shape what counts as justice and injustice in campus sexual violence cases. Focusing on events surrounding the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University in 2014-2015, I explain how emotional incitements in the case contributed to a political and discursive infrastructure that supported formal, adversarial, and punitive responses to campus sexual violence. Correspondingly, I explain why alternative modes of legal and political formation that challenged the premises of the formal law, including the restorative justice process employed in the case, were misread by some commentators as being a form of “weak justice” and therefore outside the bounds of feminist action. My claim is not that particular emotional reactions to campus sexual violence are right or wrong – they just are – but that feminist law and policymakers should critically reflect on and assess their political force. Considering the ways that emotions are mobilized reveals the benefits and drawbacks of engaging with the law in ways that feel emotionally gratifying and therefore legally and politically necessary, but which can lead to harmful consequences that contradict feminist goals.

 




Public Lecture Series 2022: Alexa Dodge

A Restorative Approach to the Harm of Nonconsensual Pornography

Alexa Dodge

Hill Postdoctoral Fellow – Law, Justice, & Society Program, Dalhousie University

Associate – Restorative Research, Innovation, & Education Lab 

Monday May 30, 2022, at 6:30 pm Atlantic Time via Zoom

The nonconsensual distribution of nude or sexually explicit images (i.e. nonconsensual pornography) is increasingly recognized as a form of sexual violence that violates a victim’s right to privacy and bodily autonomy. High-profile cases of nonconsensual pornography from around the world have resulted in several international jurisdictions creating criminal and civil law responses to this act. As is often the case when governments are called upon to respond to harm, legal responses have been framed as amounting to taking the issue of nonconsensual pornography “seriously” and the creation of legal remedies have often overshadowed other options for response. While the framing of law as the most impactful remedy can result in the false belief that this issue has been adequately dealt with through legal regulation, in practice legal options do not serve the majority of those harmed and offer limited possibilities for prevention and culture change. In this presentation, I posit that the harm of nonconsensual pornography is often “rhizomatic” in nature and is, therefore, in need of a holistic, restorative response. 

 




A Restorative Approach & Education for Justice and Reconciliation | Estelle Macdonald

Estelle Macdonald, CEO of Hull Collaborative Teaching School speaking at the International Restorative Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 27, 2016.

Tags: Race / Racial Justice; Schools / Campuses; Institutional Abuse / Failures of Care




A Restorative Approach & Education for Justice and Reconciliation | Richard Derible

Richard Derible, a School Administration Supervisor with the Halifax Regional School Board, speaks at the International Restorative Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 27, 2016.

Tags: Schools / Campuses;  Race / Racial Justice




Dalhousie report author discusses justice process | Jennifer Llewellyn

CBC News: Jennifer Llewellyn says the restorative justice program was educational for all parties involved.

Video: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2667697299/

To read more, find the full article:  http://www.cbc.ca/1.3083244

Tags: Schools / Campuses; Gender Justice; Domestic Violence / Sexual Violence




Changing Campus Culture and Climate | Karen Crombie

Karen Crombie, General Counsel for Dalhousie University, speaks at the International Restorative Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 27, 2016.

Tags: Schools / Campuses; Gender Justice; Domestic Violence / Sexual Violence




Changing Campus Culture and Climate | Jake MacIsaac

Jacob MacIsaac, Associate Director, Dalhousie University Security Services, speaks at the International Restorative Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 27, 2016.

Tags: Schools / Campuses; Gender Justice; Domestic Violence / Sexual Violence




Changing Campus Culture and Climate | David Karp

David Karp, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, speaking at the International Restorative Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 27, 2016.

Tags: Schools / Campuses; Gender Justice; Domestic Violence / Sexual Violence




Changing Campus Culture and Climate | Donna Coker

Donna Coker, a Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, speaking at the International Restorative Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 27, 2016.

Tags: Schools / Campuses; Gender Justice; Domestic Violence / Sexual Violence