Curriculum Modules in Ontario Law Schools: A Framework for Teaching about Violence against Women


The Law Commission of Ontario thanks the members of the Advisory Group for their great assistance in preparing these curriculum modules. The members have not been asked to approve the modules and this document may not necessarily reflect their views.

Pamela Cross, Project Coordinator

Law Commission of Ontario
Patricia Hughes, Executive Director

Faculty of Law Representatives
Martha Bailey, Queen’s University
Nicholas Bala, Queen’s University
Louise Belanger-Hardy, University of Ottawa
Julie MacFarlane, University of Windsor
Janet Mosher, Osgoode Hall
Jennifer Nedelsky, University of Toronto
Melanie Randall, University of Western Ontario
Elizabeth Sheehy, University of Ottawa

Community Represenatives
Leighann Burns, OAITH
Lisa Cirillo, Downtown Legal Services Student Legal Clinic
Mary Lou Fassel, Barbra Schlifer Clinic
David Humphries, Criminal Lawyer
Nneka MacGregor, Women at the Centre
Tracey Marshall, Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Law Society of Upper Canada
Diana Miles

National Judicial Institute
Kate Kehoe
George Thomson

Patti Cross, Office of the Chief Justice, Ontario Court of Justice
Justice Marc Rosenberg, Ontario Court of Appeal

Ministry of the Attorney General
Anne Marie Predko, Director, Family Policy and Programs Branch, Court Services Division
Jill Witkin, Deputy Crown Attorney, Old City Hall Specialized Courts

Table of Contents for HTML Version (click here for the PDF)

I. Introduction to the Initiative
II. Why this Initiative is Required
III. Issues Relating to Implementation of the Initiative
IV. Building Curriculum: General Comments
V. A Framework for Inclusion of Violence against Women Issues in Law School Curricula
VI. Bringing it Together: Five Examples
VII. Next Steps
Appendix A: Curriculum Modules
Appendix B: Law Students’ Comments