The National Association of Women and the Law Charitable Trust for Research and Education

In 1983, the National Association of Women and the Law Charitable Trust for Research and Education (the NAWL Charitable Trust) was established to complement NAWL’s advocacy work. As a registered charity, the Trust prepares and disseminates research and education on legal issues concerning all aspects of the social, economic and political life of Canadian women. It assists in the protection of women’s civil rights and liberties by charitable means, as well as in the relief of poverty.

The Trust’s past projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating a bilingual, free, open access course—Feminist Law Reform 101. The course provides practical, accessible, and engaging tools for participants who wish to develop or improve skills to assist in feminist law reform;
  • Hosting an annual essay contest for law students on topics of interest relating to feminist research, education, and law reform;
  • Providing grants to four researchers working on legal issues that affect women in Canada. These research topics include: customary law and women’s rights, intimate violence and fundamental human rights, temporary labour migration to Canada, and child protection; and,
  • Developing an alternative law school orientation guide for law students. The guide includes excerpts of writing from 28 legal feminist scholars and activists.

The trust is a registered charity and relies solely on the generous donations of individuals and grants to fund its work.

Charitable registration number: 14083 5885 RR0001

Our Trustees

Jane Bailey (BAS (Trent), MIR (Queens), LLB (Queens), LLM (Toronto)) is a Full Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law) where she teaches Cyberfeminism, Technoprudence and Contracts.  Jane is co-leader of The eQuality Project, a 7-year SSHRC funded partnership initiative focused on the impact of online commercial profiling on young Canadians’ identities and social relationships.  Jane leads the Project stream focused on tech-facilitated violence.  Among her proudest professional achievements are co-leading The eGirls Project, creating and creation of her Cyberfeminism course, and appearing as lead counsel for CIPPIC on its intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Jarvis voyeurism case in 2018. Prior to joining the NAWL Board of Trustees in 2019, Jane was a member of the NAWL National Steering Committee from 2012-2017.

Kristen is a Senior Director in the Library of Parliament’s Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS). She graduated from the Western University Law School in 1987, having served two years as a director of Community Legal Services. Kristen joined the NAWL Steering Committee while in law school, and continued in that role as she articled and was called to the bar in Ottawa. After a short period of private practice in family law with the Ottawa office of a national law firm, she joined the Library of Parliament in 1990. Starting with the organization as an analyst working in a wide variety of areas of law and policy and serving a number of parliamentary committees, Kristen joined the Library’s management team in 2008 and has been an executive since 2010.

Laura is a partner in the Montréal office of Gowling WLG and a member of the firm’s Tax Group. Laura’s practice focuses on cross-border (inbound and outbound) investment structures, corporate reorganizations and advising domestic and multi-national private equity funds. She is also developing an expertise in the application of taxation rules to the technology space in particular to providers of e-businesses and blockchain technology solutions. Laura has also advised on issues with respect to employer payroll and pension obligations, Federal and Québec value added taxes (GST/HST and QST) and Québec commodity taxes (in particular with respect to fuel and alcohol). Her dispute resolution practice includes representing clients in their dealings with the Canada Revenue Agency and the Québec Revenue Agency at the audit and notice of objection stages and preparing voluntary disclosures on income tax and sales tax issues. Laura has been recognized as a Women in Tax Leader 2017 by the International Tax Review. A frequent writer and speaker at the Canadian Tax Foundation (in particular, on subjects of international financing and the impact of bilateral tax treaties), she serves as an editor of the Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement Journal and is a co-author of the taxation chapter of the Business Guide to Environmental Law. She is also a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation Montréal Young Practitioners Steering Committee. Laura received her LLM Taxation from HEC Montréal in 2014, receiving the Canadian Tax Foundation award for her accomplishment in obtaining the highest grade-point average of her class, as well as the PSB Boisjoli merit and HEC Montréal Board of Graduate Studies Diplomas merit scholarships during the course of her studies. Her master’s thesis focused on Canada’s thin capitalization regime. She also obtained a B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) (receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s award placing first in her program). She was admitted to the Québec Bar in 2009. Laura also serves as director on the board of the Chambre de commerce roumaine du Québec. Laura practices law in English and French. She is also fluent in Romanian.

Sasha is a human rights lawyer and member of the Law Society of Ontario, with public interest litigation experience both in Canada and internationally. Her legal and academic interests lie in the area of violence against women (VAW) and access to justice for racialized communities. She earned her common and civil law degrees from McGill University, where she served as President of the McGill Law Women’s Caucus, as well as Vice President of the Black Law Students’ Association of McGill. Sasha also holds a Master’s in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, where she graduated with distinction. After articling at the union-side labour law firm Goldblatt Partners LLP in Ottawa, Sasha worked as Legal Counsel for the Equality Effect and taught human rights law as a part-time professor in the Civil Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa. As counsel for the Equality Effect, Sasha worked with a team of international lawyers on VAW-related test case litigation before the High Courts of Kenya and Malawi. Sasha’s past experience also includes clerking at the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal and completing a fellowship at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, where she conducted qualitative research on the empowerment strategies of a UN award-winning rural women’s group in Cameroon. In addition to awards Sasha earned as a law student, she is also a 2011 recipient of the American Society of International Law Helton Fellowship Award.

Anne is a human rights lawyer who has worked with a wide range of equality seeking groups, legal clinics and not-for-profit organisations on test case litigation, interventions, appeals and law reform initiatives. She is proud to be one of the lawyers representing the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada in its historic human rights complaint filed with the Assembly of First Nations against the Government of Canada for providing discriminatory child welfare services to over 165 000 First Nations children and for its failure to implement Jordan’s Principle. Anne is currently a fellow of the Broadbent institue, the Co-Chair of the National Association of Women and the Law and Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. She is also a board member of the Feminist Alliance for International Action and a founding member of the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program. Anne has taught Equality Law, Social Justice and Constitutional Litigation as a part-time professor for the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program and, as a Ricard Foundation Scholar, completed a masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. She graduated from the French Common Law Program in 2007 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2008. In 2015, Anne was admitted to the Common Law Honour Society of the University of Ottawa. She was twice nominated by Canadian Lawyers as one of Canada’s most influential lawyers and recognised as one of the country’s legal pioneers by the Canadian Bar Association’s Futures Initiatives. In 2017, she received the President’s Award from the Ontario Bar Association. Anne is from Falher, Alberta.