Feminist Law Reform 101

Background and Guide to Taking This Course


The course was initially designed by law Professor Martha Jackman and taught with Julie Shugarman as a bilingual seminar in 2014 at the University of Ottawa (UofO) faculty of common law. Several of the video clips you will find in the modules of this course were taped during that seminar at the UofO. While many of the resources we have included in this online course are offered bilingually, you will find different resources on the French and English versions of this site. 

Each module of the course combines readings with a number of short and instructive video clips. Assignments and discussion questions are suggested for academics and others who may be using this course as a way to design their own curricula. 

We hope you find this a useful resource and we welcome your feedback

Guide to taking this course

Law reform is an essential component of the struggle for women’s equality in Canada.  This course aims to provide you with some of the concrete and practical skills required to advance the social, economic and political equality of women in Canada at the legislative level. 

Most of the information posted on this site is publicly accessible, it is just not always easy to find, particularly if you don’t know what to look for or where to start looking. 

Here are some different ways you might use this resource:

  • You can take the course in full, on your own or along with friends or colleagues
  • You can assign it to students, incorporating aspects of it into course material
  • You can review individual modules that might assist you in developing or enhancing a particular skill set in relation to your law reform work
  • You can use it as part of training material for people working in the field of equality law reform advocacy 

If you go on to use some of the skills learned in this course (whether successfully or not!), we would love to hear about it

Please note: The information provided through video clips captures the individual opinions and advice of some of Canada’s foremost experts on various aspects of the law reform process. None of the information offered in these mini-lectures should be treated as legal advice.

All of the videos have been closed-captioned. To use this feature, click on the symbol marked “CC” in the options menu at the bottom of the video viewing window.