Projet en vedette : Abolitionnisme et alternatives à la justice pénale / Featured project : Abolitionism and Alternatives to Criminal Justice

Les dates limites pour postuler aux programmes de doctorat (10 janvier) et de maîtrise (15 janvier) offerts par le département de criminologie à l'Université d'Ottawa approchent rapidement. Dans le mois suivant, vous trouverez quelques-uns des nombreux exemples de projet de recherche conduits par les professeurs dans chacun de nos dix champs de recherche. L'édition d'aujourd'hui expose le projet de Christine Bruckert dans le champ de recherche «Abolitionnisme et alternatives à la justice pénale».

The application deadlines for the doctoral (January 10) and master’s programs (January 15) offered by the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa are rapidly approaching.  Over the next month you will find a few of the many examples of research projects being led by professors in each of our ten research fields. Today’s edition showcases a project by Christine Bruckert within the research field of “Abolitionism and alternatives to criminal justice”. 


Abolitionism and Alternatives to Criminal Justice / Abolitionnisme et alternatives à la justice pénale

On May 5, 2008 Amy Lebovitch, Valerie Scott and Terri-Jean Bedford launched a Charter Challenge in Ontario. The three sex workers asserted that a number of Criminal Code (CC) provisions restricting prostitution (sections 213(1)(c), s. 210, and s. 212(1)(j) violated their right to life, liberty and security of the person, guaranteed under section seven of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On December 20, 2013 the highest court in the land upheld the ruling by Justice Himel of the Ontario Superior Court declaring the laws unconstitutional because they “prevent[ed] people engaged in a risky - but legal - activity from taking steps to protect themselves from the risks” (Canada v Bedford 2013 at Introduction).  This project explores the aftermath of the Bedford decision.