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BA (Hons), University of Toronto
LLB, University of British Columbia
LLM, University of British Columbia
Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
PhD, University of London (Birkbeck College)
Sara Ramshaw obtained both her LLB and LLM from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She clerked at the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) in 1998-1999 and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2000. She then worked as a Research Lawyer at the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court in Ontario before commencing postgraduate studies at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London, England, where she was also employed as a Sessional Lecturer of the Law of Obligations I (Contract Law). Her doctoral thesis, completed in 2007, examined the legal regulation of jazz musicians in New York City (1940-1967) through the lens of poststructural theory informed by feminism, race theory and musicology.
During the 2008-2009 academic year, Sara was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) Project “Improvisation, Community and Social Practice” (ICASP) in partnership with Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM), Montréal, Québec, Canada. For more information, on this research project, see http://www.improvcommunity.ca. In September 2009, Sara joined the ICASP project as a Research Associate and as a member of the Research Website Editorial Board.
- Family Law (Level 3, Module Coordinator)
- Legal Theory (Level 3, Module Coordinator)
Member of Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) Executive Committee (2011-present)
QGI SWAN Champion (Non-SET) (2011-present)
Member of Law School Ethics Committee (2011-present)
Adviser of Studies (2009-present)
Member of the Student / Staff Progress Committee (SSPC) (2009-present)
Member of the Student / Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC) (2009-present)
Member of the School of Law Plagiarism Panel (2011-present)
Member of School of Law UG Education Committee (2007–2010)
Faculty of Arts Representative, Centre for Canadian Studies Committee (2006-present)
PDP Tutor to UG students (2010-present)
Editorial Board Member, Australian Feminist Law Journal (2007-present)
Editorial Board Member, Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (ICASP) Research Website (2009-present)
Research Associate, ICASP (2009-present)
Legal Theory, especially Postructuralism, Feminism and Critical Race Theory; Legal History; Law and Music.
“Jamming the Law: Improvised Theatre and the ‘Spontaneity’ of Judgment” (2010) 14 Law Text Culture 133 (Special Issue on Law’s Theatrical Presence: frame, rhetoric, image, body, appearance).
“The Creative Life of Law: Improvisation, Between Tradition and Suspicion” (2010) 6:1 Critical Studies in Improvisation, 13 pp. (Special Issue on Lex Non Scripta, Ars Non Scripta: Law, Justice, and Improvisation) View
“Time Out of Time: Derrida, Cixous, Improvisation” (2008) 32 New Sound 162 (Special Issue on Improvisation).
(With Elena Loizidou) “Flesh, Bones and Other Matters” (2008) 29 Australian Feminist Law Journal 3 (Special Issue on Writing the Legal Body).
(With Mark Flear) New Technologies, European Law and Citizens (2009) 16(1) Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (Editors, Special Issue).
(With Elena Loizidou) Writing the Legal Body (2008) 29 Australian Feminist Law Journal (Editors, Special Issue).
“Deconstructin(g) Jazz Improvisation: Derrida and the Law of the Singular Event” (2006) 2:1 Critical Studies in Improvisation. View
Review of Jim Phillips and Rosemary Gartner, Murdering Holiness: The Trials of Franz Creffield and George Mitchell (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2003) (2005) 23:2 Law and History Review 490.
“‘He's my man!': Lyrics of Innocence and Betrayal in The People v. Billie Holiday ” (2004) 16:1 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law (Special Issue in Memory of Marlee Kline) 86.
“Nearing the ‘Wild Heart': The Cixousian ‘Feminine' and the Quest for Law's Origin” in Sundhya Pahuja and Jennifer Beard, eds., Divining the Source: Law's Foundation and the Question of Authority (Brisbane: Griffith University Press, 2004) (originally published in (2003) 19 Australian Feminist Law Journal 11).
(With W. Wesley Pue) “Feminism Unqualified: Margaret Thornton's, Dissonance and Distrust: Women in the Legal Profession ” (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1996) (review essay) (1997) 15:1 Law in Context 166.