Equality and Education: Constitutional and International Law Possibilities for Canada and First Nations
Andrea holds a B.A. in history from the University of Western Ontario, a bachelor of laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a masters degree in education from Brock University. She articled with the law firm of Sullivan Mahoney in St. Catharines, Ontario, and then practiced litigation law for several years with Graves and Associates law firm in St. Catharines. She left law and eventually returned to school with a desire to explore, understand, and advance ways in which the law, and legal institutions can be used to advance meaningful, holistic educational experiences and outcomes. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. She continues to explore ways of challenging limiting, status quo legal approaches to advancing educational interests. Her current research focuses on the exploration of some constitutional and related international law possibilities for advancing more equitable First Nations educational experiences, rights, and outcomes; and a more respectful and meaningful Canada–First Nations educational policy relationship.
At Law's End: An Analysis of School Administrators' Exercise of Discretion in Schools
Nora M. Findlay is currently a doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario. Of her almost twenty years as an educator, she has served for the past nine as a school-based administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels. Her paper is based upon her dissertation topic which considers the notion of discretion from legal and administrative perspectives and examines how it is exercised by school administrators as they work to balance competing rights in the school setting.
Seo Yun Yang
University v. Student: A Contractual Understanding of Higher Education in Canada
Seo Yun Yang is currently a B.C.L./LL.B student at McGill Faculty of Law, where she will serve as Editor in Chief of the McGill Law Journal in its upcoming volume. With an interest in education policy, she specialized her undergraduate career at Harvard University on comparative studies of higher education institutions in a knowledge economy. In law, Seo Yun is concerned with the interactions between the private law, such as contracts and intellectual property, and institutions of a public nature. In particular, this fellowship paper analyzes the contractual relationship between a Canadian university and its students to shed light on the legal challenges facing educational institutions today.
Professionalism, Unionism and the Identity of Teachers
David is a member of the Ontario Bar and currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics. As an LSE Fellow, he teaches at the LSE in the undergraduate LL.B. program and also serves as an LL.M Advisor for Master of Laws candidates. A former secondary school teacher, his current research focuses on public sector education labour relations in Canada and England. The paper undertaken for this fellowship investigates how the identity of teachers as ’professionals’ and union members resonates in contemporary public sector education.
Secondary Physical Education, Tort Law and Risk Avoidance: An Interpretive Analysis
David Young is currently a doctoral candidate in education at the University of Western Ontario, where he also teaches courses in both educational psychology and special education. A former teacher and special education coordinator, he received his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees from the University of New Brunswick, as well as a Master of Arts degree from Acadia University. His paper, which is an extension of his doctoral research, addresses the macro question of whether compensation for personal injuries to students involved in secondary physical education in Ontario should be governed by a pure tort, no-fault, or mixed system.
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