Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Zoom/eClass Student Tutorial - May 4, 6, 10

        Learn the ins and outs of ZOOM and eClass in preparation for your virtual classes! These sessions will cover mechanics of York University's primary online learning platforms with an emphasis on the Student experience. Participants will learn key information as well as tips and strategies from senior students on ZOOM lectures, […]

Current Refugee Protection Challenges and Covid-19: Waving the Canadian flag or is that just the wind? - April 12, 2021

          An International Presentation and McLaughlin College Lecture by: Carole Simone Dahan This lecture will provide an overview of the impact of Covid-19 on international protection and the disproportionate impact it is exerting on displaced persons with particular focus on legal issues which were problematic before the pandemic and have now been […]

Asylum in the EU and Rule of Law Backsliding - April 8, 2021

Presented by Lilian Tsourdi In this presentation, Professor Lilian Tsourdi will examine the links between the state of asylum provision in the EU and challenges to the rule of law. Fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law are understood as the bedrock of European societies. Yet recent years have seen the EU plagued by populism, […]

The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and its Upcoming 2021 Conference: What Utopias Can Teach Us - April 7, 2021

Presented by Bruno Dupeyron After a brief overview of CARFMS and its main activities, we will explore the main theme of its 2021 biennial conference, “Utopias as Practices: Refugee Protection Regimes and Attainable Futures”.  Nowadays, utopia is commonly interpreted as an imaginary place, an idealized or visionary political or social system. The adjective “utopian” is often […]

Administrative Discretion, Public Policy and the Challenges of Legality - April 6, 2021

Presented by  Geneviève Cartier Democratically elected representatives are not the only ones who contribute to the definition of public policy. Large parts of the executive branch and the public administration also play a role in this regard, through discretionary powers delegated to them. The presentation aims to present the challenges posed by the legitimacy of administrative […]

McLaughlin College Union Debate on the Future of Democracy --- April 1, 2021

You are invited to our fourth and final McLaughlin College Union Debate for the academic year that will consider the timely and highly relevant topic, that has been the subject of much scholarly and popular discussion and commentary, on the future of democracy.  The term “democracy” has many definitions and can be highly contested, but […]

“Policing at the Brink” - March 11, 2021

Presented by Angelo Caraggio and Ken Hansen Theme:  Canada’s National Police Force Needs to Become Professionalized. Retired Chief Justice Bastarache’s report Broken Dreams, Broken Lives is another in an ongoing series of devastating criticisms against the RCMP.  Justice Bastarache made sweeping recommendations in 16 broad thematic areas about the RCMP’s structure, organization and standard practices. […]

Democratic Politics, Ethics, and Expertise: Reflections on Canada's Fight Against COVID-19 - March 10, 2021

Presented by George Fallis This talk is a case study of government decisions in a democracy, offering reflections on the role of politicians, experts, and ethics. We begin by exploring what is a democracy and contrast it with rule by experts – Guardians, Plato called them, deeply committed to governing for the common good and […]

The Importance of Understanding Anti-Black Racism in Canada - February 25, 2021

Presented by Lorne Foster The reality of the Black experience in Canada has been thrust into sobering light by recent, dramatic and violent acts of anti-Black racism in the United States that have sparked global protest. The long journey toward a racial reckoning has inspired deep reflection across Canadian society about anti-Black racism, revealing a thirst […]

UN World Day of Social Justice - Commemoration on February 23, 2021

COMMEMORATION ON FEBRUARY 23, 2021 Panel Presentation World Day of Social Justice 2021: A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy  “Social Justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.  We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants.  We […]