Author Archives: Jennifer Koshan

About Jennifer Koshan

B.Sc. LL.B (Calgary), LL.M. (British Columbia). Associate Professor. Member of the Alberta Bar. B.Sc. LL.B (Calgary), LL.M. (British Columbia). Associate Professor. Member of the Alberta Bar. Before joining the faculty in 2000, Professor Koshan practiced for several years in the Northwest Territories as Crown counsel, and worked as the Legal Director of the B.C. branch of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a non-profit equality rights organization. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of constitutional law, equality and human rights, state responses to violence, legal theory, and public interest advocacy. In 2004 Professor Koshan was awarded TUCFA's Community Service Award for her contributions to the equality seeking community, and in 2010 she received a Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award for Constitutional Law. Jennifer spent the fall 2011 term at New York University as a Global Research Fellow, conducting a comparative study of specialized domestic violence courts in Calgary and New York.

Sentencing in an Unusual Domestic Violence Case

By: Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: Sentencing in an Unusual Domestic Violence Case Cases Considered: R v Hernandez, 2014 ABCA 311 The most recent edition of Eugene Meehan’s Supreme Advocacy newsletter lists R v Hernandez, 2014 ABCA 311, as the Court … Continue reading

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Tsilhqot’in: What Happened to the Second Half of Section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867?

By: Nigel Bankes and Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: Tsilhqot’in: What Happened to the Second Half of Section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867? Case commented on: Tsilhqot’in Nation v British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44 The Delgamuukw decision of the Supreme … Continue reading

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“Arbitrary Disadvantage”: A Slip of the Pen or Something More?

By: Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: “Arbitrary Disadvantage”: A Slip of the Pen or Something More? Case commented on:McCormick v Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, 2014 SCC 39 I have written several ABlawg posts on the test for discrimination under human rights … Continue reading

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A Vital Judgment: Upholding Transgendered Rights in Alberta

By: Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: A Vital Judgment: Upholding Transgendered Rights in Alberta Case commented on: C.F. v Alberta, 2014 ABQB 237 (CanLII) Alberta’s Director of Vital Statistics interpreted her home statute, the Vital Statistics Act (RSA 2000, c V-4 (Old … Continue reading

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Seasonal Workers and Discriminatory Benefits: The NWTCA Provides Some Clarity

By: Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: Seasonal Workers and Discriminatory Benefits: The NWTCA Provides Some Clarity Case commented on: NWT (WCB) v Mercer, 2014 NWTCA 01 (Can LII) This decision from the Northwest Territories Court of Appeal was passed on to … Continue reading

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Hate Speech and Human Rights in Alberta

By: Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: Hate Speech and Human Rights in Alberta Motion commented on: Motion 502 (Alberta Legislative Assembly, March 17, 2014) It was a tumultuous time in the Alberta Legislature last week, culminating with the resignation of Alison … Continue reading

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Law Society of Alberta Responds on TWU Law School Issue

By: Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: Law Society of Alberta Responds on TWU Law School Issue Back in February we posted a letter sent by signatories from the University of Calgary and University of Alberta law schools to the Law Society of … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics and the Legal Profession, Human Rights, Legal Education | 1 Comment

More Uncertainty on the Test for Discrimination under Human Rights Legislation

By: Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: More Uncertainty on the Test for Discrimination under Human Rights Legislation Case commented on: Bish v Elk Valley Coal Corporation, 2013 ABQB 756 I have written previous posts on ABlawg critiquing the influence of section … Continue reading

Posted in Constitutional, Human Rights, Labour/Employment | 3 Comments

U of C and U of A Law Profs’ Submission to the Law Society of Alberta on Trinity Western University Law School

By Jennifer Koshan, Jonnette Watson Hamilton and Alice Woolley  PDF Version: U of C and U of A Law Profs’ Submission to the Law Society of Alberta on Trinity Western University Law School Commented on: Letter from members of the … Continue reading

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Teaching Bedford: Reflections on the Supreme Court’s Most Recent Charter Decision

PDF Version: Teaching Bedford: Reflections on the Supreme Court’s Most Recent Charter Decision  Case commented on: Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford, 2013 SCC 72 Much commentary has already been written on the Supreme Court’s decision in Bedford and the implications … Continue reading

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