Ontario: One Family Law for All

At issue was a proposal to bring faith-based arbitration to family law in Ontario. Thanks to the power of grassroots activism, encouragement from international organizations, and strong support from prominent and ordinary citizens, the coalition of organizations for No Religious Arbitration including the National Association of Women and the Law was able to convince the […]

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Report of the “International Perspectives on Religious Arbitration in Family Law” Conference

This conference highlighted a series of challenges and questions relating to the privatization of justice, the interaction of cultural and religious practices with family law, the balancing of constitutional equality rights with freedom of religion and multiculturalism, and the rise of extreme right politico-religious fundamentalisms in the context of globalization and neo-liberal conceptions of the […]

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Arbitration, Religion and Family Law: Private Justice on the Backs of Women

The primary purpose of this paper is to examine the legal implications of arbitration tribunals that will utilize sharia law in Ontario. Table of Contents Part One: Family Arbitration Using Sharia Law I. Arbitration and Family Law in Ontario II. The Potential Impact of the Arbitration Regime on Women Part Two: Human Rights Framework I. […]

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An Open Letter Opposing the Use of Arbitration & Faith-Based Tribunals in Family Law in Ontario

February 24 2005 Honorable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario Honorable Michael Bryant, Attorney General of Ontario Honorable Sandra Pupatello, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues I am writing on behalf of the National Association of Women and the Law, in response to Marion Boyd’s report entitled “Protecting choice, Promoting Inclusion”. NAWL participated in Ms Boyd’s consultation, […]

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The Arbitrariness of Ontario’s Arbitration Act: Examining the Impact on Women

In many parts of the world, religious groups have been working to implement policies that would influence the manner in which society is run. It has been argued that this use of religion for political influence threatens to undermine hard won entitlements to equality and basic human rights. In Canada, much media attention has recently […]

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