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Funded LLM Position at U Calgary Law School in Domestic Violence and Access to Justice

An LLM scholarship and research assistant stipend is available for an eligible candidate to undertake master’s level research within a project on Domestic Violence and Access to Justice funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The principal investigator is Professor Jennifer Koshan at UCalgary Faculty of Law; co-investigators are Wendy Chan at SFU, Wanda Wiegers and Michaela Keet at U Saskatchewan College of Law, and Janet Mosher at Osgoode Hall Law School.

The project, “Domestic Violence and Access to Justice Within and Across Multiple Legal Systems”, is addressing several research questions: (1) what are the access to justice problems that arise in domestic violence cases within and/or across the civil, criminal, family, child protection, immigration and social welfare systems; (2) how do these problems differ depending on the substantive laws, policies, justice system services, legal processes and practices across different jurisdictions; (3) how do these problems differ according to the social locations of the victims, perpetrators and other family members; (4) what insights do these findings provide for systemic reform.

The investigators are currently in year one of the project (2016-17), during which we are reviewing relevant legislation and policy to map the existing justice system context for domestic violence in each Canadian jurisdiction. Based on this mapping, we will select several focus jurisdictions for further study, where we will analyze reported case law to identify and compare the access to justice issues that arise in domestic violence cases within and across different legal systems. In year two of the project (2017-18), for which the successful candidate would serve as a research assistant, we will interview justice system and community stakeholders and victims and offenders in the selected jurisdictions to directly document their experiences with access to justice issues.

The successful candidate will, in consultation with the investigators, identify an LLM thesis topic that advances the research goals and methods of the project. Preference will be given to candidates with previous course work and / or practice experience on access to justice and domestic violence issues. Excellent knowledge of the Canadian legal system is required. 

The successful candidate must meet the admission and program requirements for the thesis-based LLM program, identified here: (although the thesis and coursework will be related to the topic of domestic violence and access to justice). Applications forms are available here and are due December 15, 2016, with later applications accepted from Canadian candidates.

The successful candidate will receive a scholarship and research assistant stipend valued at $20,500 CDN for one year, renewable for a second year.  The successful candidate should be available to commence their program in May 2017.

For further information about the research project please contact Jennifer Koshan, koshan@ucalgary.ca. For information about the LLM program and admission / application requirements and process, please contact Eunice Wong, lawgrad@ucalgary.ca.