Common Law Section

Common Law Section Faculty
Contact Information
Fauteux Hall
57 Louis Pasteur St
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

General Information:
(613) 562-5794
(613) 562-5124


(613) 562-5800 ext.3270
(613) 562-5124

Suzanne Bouclin

Assistant Professor

57, Louis-Pasteur St., Room 394
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5
(613) 562-5800 ext. 3381
(613) 562-5124





Suzanne Bouclin is a SSRCH Insight Development Grant Recipient for her research on HomelessNation, Social Networking Sites and Legal Consciousness. Professor Bouclin holds a doctorate in Law from McGill University. Her dissertation examines law through the lexicon, theories and methods of film studies.  In the context of that research, she grapples with the institutionalized regulation of people who are street-involved and homeless. 

Professor Bouclin articled with a constitutional litigation firm in Toronto (Eberts, Symes, Street & Corbett) and became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2002.

She has worked with national non-profit organizations as Director of the Language Rights Program for the Court Challenges Program of Canada, Executive Director of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ), and Research / Analyst with the National Association of Women in the Law (NAWL).  She is currently a member of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund's (LEAF) Legal Committee, Board Member of the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA), Board Member of the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO), and a member of the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law's Editorial Committee

Professor Bouclin is also a committed volunteer with community groups, such as Ottawa's Defense Ticket Program and Pro Bono Students Canada.

Her areas of research, collaborations and publication include: performance and performativity in legal education, feminist aesthetics, law and popular culture, and the criminal regulation of vulnerable groupsSuzanne Bouclin co-coordinates the Social Justice Option with David Wiseman and is a Faculty Member of the Social Justice Caucus.


Academic Publications

"YouTube and Muslim Women’s Legal Subjectivities" (2013) Oñati Socio-Legal Series [online], Vol 3 (7), 1158-1183.

 “Women’s Suffrage: A Cinematic Study” in Literature, History of Ideas, Images and Society, Special Issue Equal Rights: Myth or Reality in contemporary English-speaking Societies? (2013)

 “Une analyse de la règlementation des personnes itinérantes selon une perspective pothienne” (2013) Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 25(1), 1-30 (with J Pastora Sala).

The Insite Decision and the Case for Supervised Consumption Facilities in Ottawa (2012) C.J. Poverty Law 91-120 1:1 (with Priyanka Vittal).

"Regulating Sex Work in Canada” (2012) 3 Public Law 387.

Producing Film as Legal Knowledge” (2012) International Journal of the Humanities 9, online 7 pages.

Women in Prison’ Movies as Feminist Jurisprudence(2009) Canadian Journal of Women and the Law / Revue femmes et droit 9 (21:1).

Dancers Empowering (Some) Dancers: The intersection of Race, Class and Gender in Organizing Marginal Workers” (2006) Race, Gender and Class 98 (13:3). 

Legal and Ethical Implications of Male Circumcision: The Canadian Context” (2005) International Journal of Men’s Health 205-222 (4:2). 

“Exploited Workers or Entrepreneurs, Neither and Both? A Look at Ottawa Area Erotic Dancers” (2004) Canadian Woman Studies / les cahiers de la femme 132 (23:2-3).

Abortion in Post-X Ireland (2002) XIII Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 133.

Book Chapters

"Méthodologies ambidextres en droit"; (Éditions Yvon Blais, 2013) Les cadres théoriques et le droit, sous la dir. Georges Azzaria, pp.347-350.

“Producing Legal Subjectives through Online Media” (2013) in A. Poletti & J. Rak (eds.) Identity Technologies: Producing Online Selves, University of Wisconsin Press. 

Punishment in Film in W. Miller and J.G. Golson (eds.) The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia (London & New York: Sage, 2012).

Playing Games with Law” in Z. Bankowski, M. Del Mar and P. Maharg (eds.) (2011) Beyond Text in Legal Education (with Gillian Calder & Sharon Cowan.

Female Judges Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World (Sage, 2011).

Feminism, Law, Film” in K. Brooks and C. Mathen (eds.) Women, Law, and Equality: A Discussion Guide (Irwin Law, 2010) pp.119-176.

Bad Girls Like Good Contracts: Erotic Dancers’ Resistance over Three Decades” in E. Faulkner and G. MacDonald (eds.) (Fernwood Press, 2009) Victim No More? Women Resisting the Label of Law pp.46-60.

Comments, Book Reviews and Notes

“Review:The Culture of Punishment, M. Brown” Crime, Media, Culture (2012) 8(2).

Some Guidelines for Feminist Legal Pedagogy” (2011) Gender and the Law Manual (National Association of Women and the Law / Association nationale femmes et droit. 

"Review:One Woman's Difference", K. Brooks, (ed.) (2010) Canadian  Journal of Law and Society / Revue canadienne droit et société 25(2): 239-41.

Review: Law and Social Justice, Michael O’Rourke & David Shier, (2007) eds., Philosophy Review 27(4): 275-77.

Review: Feminist Alliances, Lynda Burns, ed. Philosophy Review (2007) 27(1): 11-13.

“Équilibrer les budgets sur le dos des femmes: L’équité salariale après NAPE” (2005) Jurisfemme 23(3): 3-5. 

Review: Men Who Believe in Feminism, A. Goldrick-Jones” (2003) Journal of Men’s Studies 12(2): 163-164. 


Street Law’s Sites, Sights and Media. Faculty of Law, McGill University.  PhD Thesis2011 (under the supervision of Roderick A. Macdonald)

Caging Women: Punishment, Judgment, Reform and Resistance in ‘Women in Prison’ Films.  Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.  LL.M. Thesis.  2007 (under the supervision of Anne McGillivray)

Organizing ResistanceThe Case of Erotic Dancers. Faculty of Social Sciences (Criminology & Women’s Studies), University of Ottawa.  M.A. Thesis2004 (under the supervision of Chris Bruckert)

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