Joshua Shaw

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Dissertation Title: The Social Organization of Medical Assistance in Dying in Federal Penitentiaries

Dissertation Topic:

In my doctoral dissertation, I hope to "reassert[ ] space in critical [legal] theory" (Soja, 1989, title page) by drawing from socio-legal theory, inflected with legal and carceral geographies, law and humanities and sociology of the body. A composite of these disciplinary frames will be used to develop a theoretical approach to understanding whether and how the spatio-legal organization of the prison mediates the formation of prisoners' sense of self and experience of their bodies, affecting their desire for a medically assisted death. Such a project should explore foundational assumptions about medical assistance in dying for prisoners, by looking to the constitutive effect of spatio-legal complexes on consciousness and embodiment. Critical social and legal theory, particularly those that emphasize spatial frames, are crucial to such a project. While my project is theoretical in nature, I also plan to incorporate qualitative methods to ground my critical theory, including the analysis of legal and policy texts, and interviews and participatory drawing or diagramming with prisoners to map out their embodied experience of space in time in the prison.

Education

  • Master of Laws - Dalhousie University, 2016
  • Juris Doctor - University of Manitoba, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science Honours, Psychology and Biological Sciences - University of Manitoba, 2012

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching assistantships, York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, September 2018 – April 2019
  • Dr. Shelley Kierstead’s Legal Process class (LAW 1300), Team Lecturer for two weekly classes with approximately 20 Juris Doctor students in each class
  • Guest Lecture: Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, March 2016 Professor Fay Woodman’s Elder Law class (LAWS 2223) Lecture subject, “Conscientious objection and assisted death"
  • Guest Lecture: Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, March 2016 Professor Fay Woodman’s Elder Law class (LAWS 2223) Lecture subject, “Legal and policy issues with respect to post-mortem organ and tissue donation”

Professional Experience

  • Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario - Health Policy Analyst - Student-at-Law

Publications

Articles

  • "Contagion and the Public Body: A Re-Ordering of Private and Public Spheres in R v Gowdy" (2018) Vol. 39 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 127-165. [Peer-reviewed]
  • "De-Recognition of Disability: Canadian Parens Patriae Jurisdiction and Sterilization of Children" (2015) Vol. 36 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 147-174. [Peer-reviewed
  • "The Queer Child Deserves Protection: Bill 18 and the Justifiable Infringement of Denominational Schools’ Freedom of Religion" (2015) Vol. 38 Manitoba Law Journal 331-357. [Peer-reviewed]
  • Alards-Tomalin, D., Walker, A., Shaw, J.D.M., & Leboe-McGowan, L.C., "Is 9 louder than 1? Cross-modal congruency effects between number magnitude and sound loudness" (2015) Vol. 160 Acta Psychologica 95-103. [Peer-reviewed]
  • Alards-Tomalin, D., Leboe-McGowan, J.P., Shaw, J.D.M., & Leboe-McGowan, L.C. "The effects of numerical magnitude, size, and color saturation on perceived interval duration" (2013) Vol. 40(2) Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 555-566. [Peer-reviewed]

Book Reviews

  • “Anastasia Chamberlen — Embodying Punishment: Emotions, Identities, and Lived Experiences in women’s prisons, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, 269 p,” Osgoode Hall Law Journal (accepted; in press).
  • “Review of Mario Mieli, Towards a Gay Communism: Elements of Homosexual Critique, trans. David Fernbach and Evan Calder Williams (London: Pluto, 2018 [1977])” (2019) Legal Form: A Forum for Marxist Analysis of Law, online: https://legalform.blog/2019/08/06/review-of-mario-mieli-towards-a-gay-communism-elements-of-homosexual-critique-trans-david-fernbach-and-evan-calder-williams-london-pluto-2018-1977-joshua-shaw/

Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Program Doctoral Scholarship, 2019-2022 (SSHRC) – PhD, $105,000
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2019-2020 – PhD, $15,000 (Declined)
  • Honourable William Z. Estey Teaching Fellowship in Law – PhD
  • York Graduate Fellowship – PhD
  • CIHR Training Fellow in Health Law, Ethics and Policy, 2015-16 – LLM
  • Highest standing in Public International Law – JD
  • Highest standing in Legal Ethics and Professionalism – JD
  • Bernard B. Dubienski and Amy E. Dubienski Memorial Scholarship – JD

Presentations

  • “Bounded Bodies: Carceral Spatialities of Institutional Transfer and Urban Parole Upon Indigenous Prisoners” - Royal Geographical Society’s annual meeting, London, UK (August 2019) - Canadian Association of Geographers’ annual meeting, Winnipeg, MB (May 2019) - University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies’ annual graduate student conference, Toronto, ON (March 2019)
  • “Spatio-Social Features of Legal Fiction in Defining Death and Managing Bodies at the Bedside” - Canadian Association of Geographers’ annual meeting, Winnipeg, MB (May 2019)
  • "Contagion and the Public Body: A Re-Ordering of the Private and Public Spheres in R. v Gowdy" - University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies’ annual graduate student conference, Toronto, ON (March 2018)