Book Launch: Secularism on the Edge
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join the PJC as we celebrate the launch of the book Secularism on the Edge, which includes the proceedings of our conference by the same name held in February 2013. Pascale Fournier, (University of Ottawa) a contributor at the conference in 2013, will join us for an interview.
RSVP requested. Light refreshments will be served.
Pascale Fournier is Professor and Research Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Professor Fournier received her LL.B. from Laval University (1997), her LL.M. from the University of Toronto (2000) and her S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (2007). A Fulbright and Trudeau scholar, Pascale served as Law Clerk to Justice L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2000-2001. Professor Fournier’s research and teaching focus on human rights, Islam and Judaism in Western and Middle-Eastern countries, children’s rights, criminal law and cultural diversity, as well as comparative family law.
Pascale has lectured at the State University of Haiti, McGill University, the University for Peace in Costa Rica and the Institute for Women’s Studies and Research in Iran. In 2008, she served as expert consultant for the United Nations Development Programme on issues of gender and Islamic law in Tunisia, Egypt, Malaysia and Nigeria. Her current research projects investigate the migration of religious divorce in Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Israel, Lebanon and Palestine, and explore through field interviews the effects of such migration on religious women. Professor Fournier also intervenes before Canadian and American courts as expert witness and counsel, organises training sessions for judges and policy makers and is frequently invited by the media to comment on the legal and social issues of the day.
Professor Fournier was awarded the Laval University Raymond-Blais Medal (2008), the Québec Bar Association’s Advocatus Emeritus distinction (2009), the University of Ottawa President’s Award for Excellence in Media Relations (2011) and the Fulbrighter of the Month distinction (November 2011). Her publications were selected by the Harvard-Stanford Junior Faculty Forum (2008), the Québec Bar Foundation prize for “best law review article” (2009), and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Scholarly Paper Award (Honorable Mention/2010). Her book, Muslim Marriage in Western Courts: Lost in Transplantation, was published in 2010 by Ashgate Publishing. A French version, entitled Mariages musulmans, tribunaux d’Occident : les transplantations juridiques et le regard du droit, appeared in 2013 by Les Presses de Sciences Po.