Legal Technology and Access to Justice

Legal Technology is often reported as being intrinsically linked to access to justice. Apps, AI, and digital access suggest an Uber-like ability to receive legal services at the push of a button. A recently published Globe and Mail article by University of Ottawa law professor Jena McGill, for example, bore the headline “Better access to …

Re-Imagining Refuge

Imagining ways to make Canada a better home for refugees    The Mindshare speaker series, hosted by universities across Canada in 2016 to promote action-oriented policy dialogue, came to York this month. The sizeable crowd attending the York Glendon campus event was invited to “Re-Imagine Refuge”: to examine the status quo and find ways to make life better for the many forced migrants who have arrived in Canada via Syria and other regions of conflict. Despite Canada’s recent and highly publicized resettlement of 25,000 Syrian …

Sanitizing Sterilization

Examining India’s Changing Reproductive Health Policies   In 1952, India launched the world first national program emphasizing family planning to the extent necessary for reducing birth rates “to stabilize the population at a level consistent with the requirement of national economy”. Since then, the family planning program has evolved and the program is currently being repositioned to …

Puncturing the Golden Parachute

Revisiting Executive Compensation in the Wake of Wells Fargo   In early September, news broke that Wells Fargo & Co., an American financial services company, had opened as many as two million unauthorized bank accounts in its customers’ names over the past several years. These so-called “ghost accounts” reaped unwarranted bank fees for the company …

Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Failure?

Placing drones in historical context This article responds to arguments presented by Professor Steven Coll in multiple articles for The New Yorker.     Barack Obama followed a “small footprint” foreign policy doctrine. The US became increasingly reliant on the use of unmanned, aerial drones to maintain security and project military power. In “The Unblinking …

Trumped Up Language

  If you haven’t been living under a rock this past year, you’ve noticed Donald Trump has been trying to make America great again. There are some absolutely terribly fitting hats out there to remind you in case you’ve missed out on the movement. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a little too much time trying …