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The Transnational Law & Justice Network (TLJN)

TLJN Committee PhotoTLJN Committee: Paul Ocheje, Sara Wharton, Patricia Galvao-Ferreira, Sujith Xavier and Danny Anger

The Transnational Law and Justice Network (TLJN) is a research hub that promotes and sponsors scholarship on global governance, internationalism, transnationalism and social justice. TLJN, located within Windsor Law, sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy, which is comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Situated in the border city of Windsor, Ontario, which is the most highly trafficked land crossing in North America, TLJN is an ideal space for this type of national, transnational, international & interdisciplinary collaboration.

Announcements 

The Inaugural TLJN Prize For Outstanding Windsor Law Research Paper ($500)

The Board of Directors of Windsor Law's Transnational Law and Justice Network (TLJN) invites submissions for the inaugural TLJN Prize for Outstanding Research Paper. The paper should be a minimum of 5,000 words and have been completed in the fulfillment of a course requirement at Windsor Law. Papers can be nominated by a faculty member or by the author and should include a brief explanation of why the paper addresses a theme or topic related to transnational law and justice. Papers should be submitted to Tiffany Brown at tiffanyb@uwindsor.ca by May 7, 2020, and will be judged anonymously by at least two TLJN Board members. Results will be announced in early June. The winning paper will be acknowledged on the TLJN website and will receive a $500 prize. Please direct any inquiries to Professor Reem Bahdi at rbahdi@uwindsor.ca. More information about TLJN can be found at http://www.uwindsor.ca/law/873/transnational-law-justice-network

Calling All Windsor Law Artists: Prize For TLJN Website Image ($500)

Windsor Law's Transnational Law and Justice Network (TLJN) is revamping its website and is seeking an image that TLJN can adopt as the permanent front page of its site and that can also be adapted into logo to be used for electronic and paper correspondence. The image can take any form (eg. original photo, sketch or painting) as long as it is copyright cleared. Submissions from current students at Windsor Law are welcome by May 7, 2020 and can be sent to Tiffany Brown at tiffanyb@uwindsor.ca. The winning submission will be selected by the TLJN board.  Any image is adopted by TLJN will be given credit on its website and will also be awarded a $500 prize. Please direct any inquiries to Professor Reem Bahdi at rbahdi@uwindsor.ca. More information about TLJN can be found at http://www.uwindsor.ca/law/873/transnational-law-justice-network

Summer 2020 Research Positions 

Professor Venkatesh is looking for part-time research assistants who will assist with the Migrant Farmworkers Clinic.

The legal regime that affects migrant workers functions at the complex intersection of immigration law, criminal law, border security, international law and international bilateral agreements, employment law, workers compensation law, human rights law, health and safety law, food law, law and political economy of agriculture, among others. The students will assist with legal research, data collection and analysis in one of two intersectional areas of law (of their choice) towards a casebook to aid legal professionals, advocates and workers. In addition to identifying case-law and regulations, this will also involve coordinating with lawyers who work in the area to identify issues that come up in migrant worker cases and in helping design an online website for the casebook. The students will also assist with creating legal education materials connected to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic among migrant workers, including creating audio and video materials, social media advocacy, and updating the website for Justicia for Migrant Workers.

You must be self-motivated and innovative in these tasks and you must show demonstrated interest in social justice advocacy and migrant worker issues in your cover letter. Do mention any related courses (does not have to be from law school) or background and experience. Preference will be given to students who have web-design and social media technology skills (e.g. knowledge of WordPress, graphic design, audio/video editing tools, etc) or who have the competence and enthusiasm about acquiring these skills.

The position is for 160 hours of work (with the possibility of more) in the summer at $16.50 net pay/hr after deductions. Please email Professor Vasanthi Venkatesh at vasanthi@uwindsor.ca with a cover letter, unofficial transcript, and a resumé by April 27.

This position is for a part-time research assistant who will assist Professor Venkatesh with research relating to cases filed in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the United States, and Mexico on behalf of Indigenous persons in Mexico (and Latin America, in general) related to large scale killings by government-supported paramilitary forces. This is to aid activists in their call for reparations and justice for victims of the Acteal massacre in Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico (please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acteal_massacre).

The student researcher will assist with legal research, data collection and analysis and other research-related tasks and must be self-motivated and innovative in these tasks. In your cover letter, you must show demonstrated interest in global social justice, international human rights, and social movements. Do mention any related courses (including outside of law school) or background and experience.

Preference will be given to students who are bilingual Spanish/English or have basic skills in Spanish to search and find Spanish-language legal case documents.

The position is for 160 hours of work (with the possibility of more) in the summer at $16.50 net pay/hr after deductions. Please email Professor Vasanthi Venkatesh at vasanthi@uwindsor.ca with a cover letter, unofficial transcript, resumé, and a writing sample by April 27.

Over the last several years, TLJN has built a significant network of national and global law scholars who have come together either through TLJN’s Annual Global Conferences or TLJN’s Borders, Boundaries and Intersections Speaker Series.  This year, TLJN’s board has decided to add advocacy to its strategic priorities and is hiring an RA to help advance this priority.   The successful candidate will also be named a TLJN Advocacy Fellow.

Working under the supervision of Professors Bahdi and Xavier, the RA will assist TLJN in developing its capacity to make intervenor submissions before The Federal Court and The Federal Court of Appeal.  The work will including writing detailed legal memos (eg. the test for intervention before The Federal Courts), preparing precedent material for intervenor submissions, assisting with drafting facta, and compiling books of authorities. 

The successful candidate will have:

  1. Excellent legal research and writing skills
  2. Excellent problem-solving, interpersonal and communication skills
  3. Excellent organizational skills
  4. Creativity and ability to adjust to changing priorities
  5. Ability to prioritize, work independently and as part of a team, and ability to meet deadlines

The RA will be hired for 160 hours of work which must be completed over the summer at $16.50 net pay/hour after deductions. 

To apply, please submit an expression of interest that addresses the skills and experience identified above, a brief CV, unofficial transcript or list of Windsor Law grades, and a writing sample to Professor Bahdi at rbahdi@uwindsor.ca by April 27 at 4 pm.  Any inquiries can also be directed to Professor Bahdi.

In addition to prioritizing advocacy (see post above), TLJN’s board has decided to enhance TLJN's online profile and will be hiring an RA to help advance this priority.   The successful candidate will also be named a TLJN Outreach Fellow.  Working under the supervision of Professor Bahdi, the RA will consult with TLJN board members and other members of the Windsor Law community to update and enhance the TLJN website. The work will include researching platform alternatives, helping identify appropriate images for the TLJN website, and writing content for the site (eg. identifying Windsor Law researchers and research projects to feature).  In addition, the TLJN Fellow will assess the accessibility of the new site and develop a social media strategy for TLJN, including a budget, for presentation to the TLJN Board. 

The successful candidate will have:

  1. Excellent legal research and writing skills
  2. Excellent problem-solving, interpersonal and communication skills
  3. Excellent organizational skills
  4. Creativity and ability to adjust to changing priorities
  5. Ability to prioritize, work independently and as part of a team, and ability to meet deadlines
  6. Experience working on website development and social media platforms

The RA will be hired for 160 hours of work which must be completed over the summer at $16.50 net pay/hour after deductions. 

To apply, please submit an expression of interest that addresses the skills and experience identified above, a brief CV, unofficial transcript or list of Windsor Law grades, and a writing sample to Professor Bahdi at rbahdi@uwindsor.ca by April 27 at 4 pm.  Any inquiries can also be directed to Professor Bahdi.

Are you interested in working with a cutting edge, critical international and transnational law journal? Do you want to work with scholars, lawyers and activists from around the world? Are you interested in learning more about race and racism, patriarchy, homonormativity, classism, casteism, ableism and other forms of discrimination from the lens of settler colonialism, colonialism and imperialism? Are you a first or second year Windsor Law student, with a background and or interest in international law and or transnationalism?  Did you answer yes to these questions? Then Third World Approaches to International Law Review is looking for YOU.

Third World Approaches to International Law (https://twailr.com/) is a conscious endeavour to intervene in knowledge production about international law and transnational law in a strategic way to help make our discipline truly international in nature. While we value conventional scholarly forms, we realize that by themselves these cannot adequately reflect the full experience of international law and its impact in the world. Openness to different mediums and forms of expression mitigates against elite and exclusive disciplinary tendencies. In furtherance of TWAIL’s overall objectives, TWAILR aims to remain as accessible and readable as possible, particularly to those in the global South. TWAILR aims for a representative, accountable, and non-hierarchical organizational structure. Its editorial board will periodically rotate within the network, with the guiding principle that it remain broadly representative in terms of gender and geographical regions.

The Editorial Assistant will copy edit reflections, journal articles, edit citations for articles and reflections, and conduct research as needed.  The Editorial Assistant will work closely with the TWAILR editorial collective (Dr. Sujith Xavier, University of Windsor; Dr.Usha Natarajan, Edward W Said Fellow, Columbia University/Global South Visiting Scholar, University of British Columbia; Dr. John Reynolds, NUI Maynooth, Ireland; Dr.Ntina Tzouvala, Melbourne University, Australia; Dr. Laura Betancour, University of Los Andes, Bogota; Dr. Amar Bhatia, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto). 

Please submit: 1) rationale of no more than three paragraphs setting out why you want to work with TWAILR, 2) your CV and 3) Your unofficial transcripts by April 27, 2020 (by 4 pm). Please submit your complete application to Professor Xavier (sxavier@uwindsor.ca).

In pursuit of the University of Windsor's Employment Equity policy, members from the designated groups (Female Identified persons, Indigenous Peoples, Racialized persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Sexual Minorities) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.

Advocacy

Scholarship

The Network is home to a number of local, national and international experts whose scholarship translates theory into practice in their respective communities and primarily focuses on the intersection of local/global. A highlight of Windsor Law’s faculty research areas includes:

Global Scholars Network

TLJN organizes the annual Borders, Boundaries and Intersections Speaker Series, in which scholars from across the globe present innovative research on transnationalism and access to justice.

Conferences

TLJN also organizes conferences in the field. In 2015, TLJN helped organize the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) conference held in Cairo, Egypt. In 2016, Professor Janelle Diller and TLJN brought together scholars from various disciplines to unpack the meaning and scope of social justice. Professor Sara Wharton, under the auspice of TLJN, convened an international conference titled “Transnational Criminal Law in the Americas” in 2017.

Opportunity

TLJN provides unique experiential opportunities for students. Upper year students participate in experiential learning opportunities by working with international and national partners through the TLJN Fellowships. Students have worked closely with international NGOs like Amnesty International, drafted petitions to international monitoring bodies with national lawyers and worked closely with national human rights organizations in places like Sri Lanka.

Speakers Series

Conferences & Workshops

Committee