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Recent News

Successful SSHRC Grant Application

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The OLPP congratulates Osgoode Professor François Tanguay-Renaud for the recent award of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for his research project entitled “The State as Criminal Wrongdoer: An Inquiry into the Intelligibility and Legitimacy of Criminalizing the State”.

Osgoode’s Nathanson Centre will be hosting a major international conference on Criminalizing & Criminalized States: A 21st-Century Reassessment of the Domestic and International Interfaces between the State and Criminal Law, on November 9-10, 2012.

Featured speakers include Antony Duff (Minnesota), Miri Gur-Arye (Hebrew U), Alon Harel (Hebrew U), Doug Husak (Rutgers-New Brunswick), Christopher Kutz (Berkeley), Avia Pasternak (Essex), Alice Ristroph (Seton Hall), Malcolm Thorburn (Queen’s), Victor Tadros (Warwick), and François Tanguay-Renaud (Osgoode). Respondents include Vincent Chiao (Toronto), Susan Dimock (York), Neha Jain (Minnesota), Adil Haque (Rutgers-Newark), Louis-Philippe Hodgson (York), Youngjae Lee (Fordham), Margaret Martin (Western), Arthur Ripstein (Toronto), Richard Vernon (Western), and Ekow Yankah (Cardozo).

For more information, consult the conference webpage.

Today, Osgoode’s Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security launched its own youtube channel as a public archive of its seminars and lectures going forward: http://www.youtube.com/user/nathansoncentre. Amongst other videos, this channel will feature all seminars from the Centre’s seminars series on Legal Philosophy between State and Transnationalism as well as the ‘Or ‘Emet lectures on legal theory which it sponsors. Many more videos to be uploaded soon!

The OLPP is proud to announce that Mohamad Al-Hakim (a true product of the OLPP – doctoral candidate in philosophy at York University, Nathanson Graduate Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, and former MA student in philosophy at McMaster University) was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University (effective Fall 2012). Mohamad’s work focuses on the relationship between political liberalism and minority rights (notably, Islamic minorities) as well as criminal law theory. Many congratulations from all at the OLPP!

Al-Hakim’s recent publications include:

‘Hate Crimes, Punishment and the Fundamental Principles of Justice’ (New Criminal Law Review, Forthcoming 2012)

‘Liberalism, Value Pluralism, and the Need for Cultural Recognition’ in Mbonimpa and Copeman (eds.) Freedom of Expression: Culture and Religion (University of Sudbury Press, 2011), pp. 125-137 =

‘Locating the Limits to Negotiation: Islam, Human Rights, and Citizenship’ Transnational Legal Theory 1(4), pp. 619-28 (2010)

‘Making Room for Hate Crime Legislation in Liberal Societies’ Criminal Law and Philosophy, 4(3), pp. 341-58 (2010)

Professor Christopher Kutz (Berkeley) will be at Osgoode Hall Law School on Thursday. 16 February, to deliver the 2012 ‘Or ‘Emet Lecture on “Democratic Holy Wars” (Moot Court, Room 1006, 230-4pm).

A seminar discussion of the lecture will take place on Friday, 17 February in Room 4034 (230-430pm), with OLPP members Louis-Philippe Hodgson and François Tanguay-Renaud providing responses.