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Racial Profiling and Human Rights in Canada

The New Legal Landscape

contributions by Lorne Foster, Lesley A. Jacobs, Bobby Siu, Shaheen Azmi, Sunil Gurmukh, David M. Tanovich, Gary V. Melanson, Carl E. James, Andrea S. Anderson, Tomee Elizabeth Sojourner-Campbell, Tammy Landau & Scot Wortley

Irwin Law Inc.
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Sep 2018
Discrimination, Criminology, Criminal Procedure, Discrimination & Race Relations, Human Rights
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Racial profiling is a hot-button topic that elicits strong responses on both sides. A series of public discussions has so far failed to yield a conclusive consensus. Racial Profiling and Human Rights in Canada examines a combination of psychological, sociological, organizational, political, and community perspectives, resulting in a holistic, multi-faceted approach to understanding the phenomenon of racial profiling and to pre-empting or eradicating it.
The book’s primary theme is the notion of transformation. Part One examines racial profiling through an “equality as transformation” lens, which provides an instructive background for the development of public policy and public law. Part Two explores different manifestations of racial profiling, including new, emerging forms of racial profiling, as well as uncovering examples in everyday life that have been concealed and largely neglected. Part Three focuses on effective methods and strategies to prevent and respond to racial profiling, highlighting some transformative policy applications and equity initiatives.
This book should be required reading for policy-makers, academics, social justice and human rights advocates, and judicial and law enforcement officers.

About the authors

Lorne Foster is the director of the graduate program in Public Policy Administration and Law (MPPAL), and a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) and the Department of Equity Studies (DES) at York University.


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Les Jacobs is professor of law and society and political science, and director of the Institute for Social Research at York University. He is also executive director of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, the country’s leading pan-Canadian think tank devoted to access-to-justice issues, housed at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has held a range of distinguished visiting appointments at other universities, including Harvard Law School; the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies; the Law Commission of Canada; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Toronto; Emory University; and Waseda Law School, Tokyo. His many other books include Rights and Deprivation (1993); The Democratic Politics of Vision (1997); Pursuing Equal Opportunities (2004); Balancing Competing Human Rights in a Diverse Society (2012); and Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times (2014).

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Dr. Bobby Siu teaches in the Master of Public Policy, Administration, and Law program at York University. He has 16 years of public policy development, program implementation, and public administration experience in the government sector.

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Shaheen Azmi is the director of Policy, Outreach, and Education of the Ontario

Human Rights Commission.


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Sunil Gurmukh is a lawyer at the Ontario Human Rights Commission.


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David Tanovich is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor where he teaches in the areas of criminal law and procedure, systemic racism, evidence, and legal ethics. Previously, he was a criminal appellate lawyer with Pinkofsky Lockyer where he appeared frequently in the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario Court of Appeal. He is a former law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada and an LL.M. graduate of the New York University School of Law. He has published numerous books and articles on criminal law and is frequently cited by appellate and trial courts in Canada.


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Gary V Melanson is the senior director of Legal Services and Risk Management, Legal Services Branch, Waterloo Regional Police Service.


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Carl E. James is a professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. He is author of several books, including Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Culture, and co-editor, with A. Shadd, of Talking about Difference: Encounters in Culture, Language, and Identities.

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Andrea S Anderson is a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School and a criminal defence lawyer.


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Tomee Elizabeth Sojourner-Campbell is a mediator, diversity and inclusion consultant, and interdisciplinary legal researcher.


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Tammy Landau is chair and associate professor in the Department of Criminology,

Ryerson University.


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Scot Wortley is an associate professor of criminology with the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto.


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