SSHRC awards research grants to Schulich Law professors

Strengthening justice for victims of international crimes

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $2.5 million for the next five years to a partnership of leading Canadian academics and non-governmental, to strengthen justice for victims of international crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The project is led by Fannie Lafontaine of Laval University’s Law Faculty in Quebec City and co-directed by Jayne Stoyles of the Canadian Centre for International Justice in Ottawa. It involves 22 other academic researchers, including Professor Robert Currie at the Schulich School of Law, as well as NGO partners from 12 organizations.

Examining sexual assault on university campuses

Professor Wayne MacKay, the Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law, is a co-applicant researcher in a partnership grant totalling almost $2.5 million over seven years. It will be used to form a partnership that will cross disciplines, institutions and sectors to examine and address rape culture in universities.

Professor MacKay’s work on this project is being conducted under the umbrella of the Human Rights Chair as part of the Chair’s mandate to advance human rights on campus and beyond. The sexual equality of women is a vital aspect of human rights, and part of that is freedom from sexual violence in all aspects of their lives.

In addition to identifying the roles of various institutional players in facilitating rape culture on campus, the project is designed to identify specific and practical ways in which each player can improve the situation and effectively address the real problems of sexual violence.

Read more about both research efforts in this September 27 announcement on the Schulich School of Law website.