NW Collaborative
Futures Conference

Deconstructing Artificial Borders

OCT 20-22, 2021 - online 

Digital Family Justice: Machine Listening, Improvisation and Access to Justice in British Columbia

This presentation will discuss preliminary empirical research emerging from a Canadian Foundation for Legal Research (CFLR)-funded project by the same name, which interrogates whether Digital Family Justice, as currently conceived, meets Access to Justice (A2J) requirements in BC, in which justice is not just about increased accessibility to legal advice and/or judicial decision-making, but also about ensuring individual cases are listened to with the depth and creativity that the singularity of the situation demands – and asks whether machine listening technology can better address these needs?

Speaker: Dr. Sara Ramshaw
Professor of Law and Director of Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT), University of Victoria

Dr Sara Ramshaw is a Professor of Law and Director of Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) at the University of Victoria. Her research interests fall broadly in the area of arts-based approaches to law, with a specific focus on the improvisatory arts, especially music, dance and theatre.

 Speaker: Kristen Lewis, JD 

Kristen Lewis, JD is an LLM candidate at Osgoode Hall law school, working with Dr. Benjamin Berger on a project that considers new ways of imagining the intersection between Western law and Indigenous religion. Her other research interests include law and embodiment, law and improvisation, and alternate approaches to conflict resolution in the family law context. She works as a research assistant to Dr. Sara Ramshaw.    


Wednesday Opening Night Presentation
Oct 20, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (PDT) via webinar

Register for opening night Free!


Thursday and Friday
Oct 21 and 22, 2021
Day 1: 9am – 8pm (PDT) via webinar
Day 2: 9am – 4pm (PDT) via webinar