Tamera Burnett

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Dissertation Title: Listening to Voices from Within: Exploring What Justice Means to Sexual Assault Survivors and the Legal Professionals Who Work With Them

Dissertation Topic:

My work is centered on exploring how sexual assault survivors conceive of legal justice from both a process and an outcome perspective, how these ideas and desires shape their experience of the legal process, and how this information can be used to inform law reform efforts. There is great conflict within the scholarship on what legal resolution should be for sexual offences, with some recommending harsher sentences and others advocating for a shift to alternative forms of justice. From a feminist perspective, any attempt to resolve this problem must start by asking the women most affected by this type of violence. Thus, this project focuses on speaking with female survivors in order to better understand what it is that they want and need to feel that legal justice has been met in regard to the violence that they have experienced.


  • LLM - University of British Columbia
  • Juris Doctor (Common Law) - University of Ottawa
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Political Science - McGill University

Teaching Experience

  • Legal Processes Team Lecturer, 2015 - Ongoing

Professional Experience

  • Fellow - National Association of Women and the Law
  • Intern - National Judicial Institute
  • Research Analyst (Intern) - Library of Parliament


  • Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP Prize 2013
  • Torys LLP Writing Award 2013
  • University of British Columbia Law Foundation Fellowship 2013-2014
  • Mary Jane Mossman Scholarship 2015-2016
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2016-2018


  • "Finding New Suns: Using Speculative Fiction and Creative Writing as Tools for Law Reform" presented at the June 2017 International Meeting on Law and Society in Mexico City
  • "Finding New Suns: Using Speculative Fiction and Creative Writing as Tools for Law Reform" presented at the February 2017 Osgoode Graduate Conference in Toronto
  • "Mediating Between Just Deserts and Restorative Justice: Searching for an Intersectional Feminist Sentencing Framework for Sexual Assault Offences" presented at the February 2016 Osgoode Graduate Colloquium in Toronto