Institute for Feminist Legal Studies

The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies was established at Osgoode in the early 1990s to foster scholarship in feminism and law at Osgoode.

We focus on a range of teaching and research activities, including:

  • Visitors who enhance the work of Osgoode faculty and graduate students
  • Special events and lectures concerned with feminism and law
  • Supporting for JD students in Women’s Caucus
  • Creating a supportive environment for graduate students, including connections with graduate scholarships for feminist and gender research, and opportunities to present work-in-progress
  • Fostering links to: the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law / Revue Femmes et Droit; the GenderJustice Collaborative Research Group; and other feminist and gender research centres in Canada and internationally.


Since 2020, the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies has been governed by an Advisory Board of Osgoode faculty.  The 2022-23 board members are : Professors Rabiat Akande, Patricia McMahon, Janet Mosher, and Adam Parachin.

Visiting Fellows

We have hosted scholars from across Canada and around the world.  Visitors are selected based on their scholarly strength and promise through an application process and are expected to present their work and participate in seminars and lectures during their short stays at Osgoode. 


The Institute will, from time to time, co-host conferences with individual Osgoode faculty or other research centres.

Women with Disabilities: Income Security and Tax Policy


For more information on the Institute, please contact the director Professor Kate Sutherland or the coordinator, Lielle Gonsalves.

The work of the Institute is supported by an endowment at Osgoode Hall Law School.