Pascale Fournier in Oñati, Spain with the participants to a conference she co-organized with Valérie Amiraux

Organization of Conferences

Refereed Contributions : Scholarly Conferences


“Reframing Secularist Premises: Divorce Among Traditionalist Muslim and Jewish Women within the Secular State” (with Jacques Berlinerblau), Annual Law and Religion Roundtable, Faculty of Law, McGill University, (Montreal, Canada), 20-21/06/2016

“Religion, Secular Law and Gender in Contemporary Europe and Canada”, Center for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP), School of Divinity, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, (Scotland, U.K.), 31/03/2016

“God is Emancipation to You—To me, He is Oppression: Secularism, Gender and the State”, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Colombia Law School, New York City, (New York, U.S.A.), 29/02/2016


“Power, Knowledge and Comparative Legal Traditions”, ATLAS, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal (Montreal, Canada), 11/06/2015

“Pluralité de régimes juridiques et reconnaissance étatique partielle: quels enjeux pour la démocratie?”, Chaire UNESCO et Chaire Mondialisation, Citoyenneté et Démocratie, UQÀM, (Montreal, Canada), 08/01/2015


“State Recognition and Conflicting Narratives: Jewish and Muslim Women Divorcing in the UK”, City University London, (London, U.K.), 10/11/2014

“State Recognition and Conflicting Narratives: Jewish and Muslim Women Divorcing in the UK”, 39th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association: “Inequalities: Politics, Policy, and the Past”, (Toronto, Canada), 06/11/2014

“Quebec, Muslim and Jewish women and the Crisis of Canadian Secularism”, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University, (Washington D.C., U.S.A.), 16/09/2014


“Translating Religion into Law: the Unintended Effects of Recognition”, After Equality, SSHRC-funded workshop: Robert Leckey, Faculty of Law, McGill University, (Montreal, Canada), 12/04/2013

“Repenser le pouvoir, désenchanter le droit: les apports du pluralisme juridique et du droit comparé”,   Legal Theory Workshop, Faculty of Law, McGill University, (Montreal, Canada), 15/03/2013

“Les savoirs et les pouvoirs du droit : regards croisés sur le pluralisme juridique et le droit comparé” (with Pascal McDougall), Centre d’études sur le droit international et la mondialisation (CEDIM), UQÀM, (Montreal, Canada), 11/03/2013

“Women and Secularism: Problems and Possibilities”, Secularism on the Edge: The Church and the State in the United States, France & Israel, Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University, (Washington D.C., U.S.A.), 21/02/2013


Introduction & conclusion du colloque international socio-juridique (with Professor Valérie Amiraux), “Illegal” Covering: Comparative Perspectives on Legal and Social Discourses on Religious Diversity, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, (Onati, Spain), 17-18/05/2012

“Le sacré reconsidéré : enjeux de citoyenneté et d’accessibilité à la Justice pour les femmes religieuses au Canada”, Colloque international sur l’accommodement raisonnable de la religion en Belgique et au Canada, Université libre de Bruxelles, (Brussels, Belgium), 27/04/2012

“Crimes of Honour, Canadian Values & Regard for the Law”, Checking Our Constitution@30 : The Influence of the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Legislation, Identities and Federalism, Association for Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa, (Ottawa, Canada), 17/04/2012

“Islamic and Jewish Divorce Customs in Germany” (with Aida Setrakian), Is There a Role for Custom in Modern European Law?, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, (Austin, U.S.A.), 14/04/2012

“Teaching across Systems and Borders : Rethinking the Religious/Secular Divide in Legal Thought”, Global Legal Education Forum at Harvard Law School, (Cambridge, U.S.A.), 24/03/2012

“Legal Transplants, Women and the State: Laïcité and Multiculturalism in Context”, the 19th International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies at Columbia University, (Boston, U.S.A.), 22/03/2012


“Navigating the Secular/Religious Divide: Muslim Women Divorcing in Western Europe”, The politics of Islam in Western Europe, the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, (Toronto, Canada), 11/11/2011

“Droit constitutionnel canadien et liberté de religion: de la Cour suprême aux acteurs sociaux”, Espagne, Canada: État des savoirs sur le statut des immigrés, Réseau hispano-canadien d’experts en immigration (RHICEIN), (Madrid, Spain), 28/10/2011

“Transplantation, Reification and Repression: Crimes of Honour in Canada”, Facts, Fears and the Future of Islamic Rules on Family Relations in the Westthe Leiden University Centre for the study of Islam and Society (LUCIS), (Leiden, Netherlands), 20/06/2011

“Quand “l’Internationale”, c’est aussi le national qui dérange: la théorie critique dans les coulisses du religieux”, Colloque CÉDIM: L’état des théories critiques dans le monde francophone / Trajectoires comparées : Relations internationales et droit international, Université du Québec à Montréal, (Montreal, Canada), 20/05/2011

“Discipline and Deviance : On Broken Families, Jail and the Jewish Agunah in Israel” (avec Merissa Lichtsztral et Pascal McDougall), Families: Deviance, Diversity and the Law, Organisateurs: Mavis Maclean & John Eekelaar (Oxford University), International Institute for the Sociology of Law, (Onati, Spain), 05/05/2011

“Please Divorce Me! Subversive Agency, Resistance and Gendered Religious Scripts”, Hot Spots: Exploring Sites of Contention, the Religion and Diversity Project, University of Ottawa, (Ottawa, Canada), 27/04/2011

“Muslim Marriage in Western Courts: Lost in Transplantation (book launch)”, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, (Ottawa, Canada), 31/01/2011

“Le ‘visage découvert’ de l’exclusion laïque : la privatisation du religieux au Québec et en France” (with Dia Dabby), Pluralisme et radicalisations: regards croisés sur les expériences canadiennes et françaises, SSHRC seminar (Professor Valérie Amiraux), Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie de Québec, (Montreal, Canada), 01/08/2011


“The Distributive Family: Dismantling Law’s Secular Impulse and Religion’s Sacred Aspiration”, Les Ateliers de recherche, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, (Ottawa, Ontario), 12/09/2010

“Muslim Marriage in Western Courts: Lost in Transplantation (book launch)”, Center for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, (Oxford, U.K.), 26/11/2010

“Muslim Marriage in Western Courts: Lost in Transplantation (book launch)”, University of London, SOAS, (London, U.K.),24/11/2010

“Muslim Marriage in Western Courts: Lost in Transplantation (book launch)”, Cambridge International Studies Association, University of Cambridge, (Cambridge, U.K.), 23/11/2010

“Calculating Claims: Jewish and Muslim Women Navigating Religion, Economics and Law in Canada”, The Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, (Ottawa, Canada), 11/10/2010

“The ‘Naked Face’ of Secular Exclusion: Bill-94 and the Privatization of Belief” (with Erica See), La religion dans la sphère publique: perspectives interdisciplinaires à travers les provinces canadiennes, SSHRC workshop : (Solange Lefebvre), Université de Montréal, (Montreal, Canada), 11/06/2010

“Calculating Claims: Jewish and Muslim Women Navigating Religion, Economics and Law in Canada”, Legal Practice and Accommodation in Multicultural Europe, Organisers: Marie-Claire Foblets (KU Leuven) & Prakash Shah (Queen Mary), International Institute for the Sociology of Law, (Onati, Spain), 06/03/2010

“Projet de loi 94 sur les demandes d’accommodement, ‘Burka de chair’, and other exotic and constitutional considerations”, Taking Stock: The Nature and Shape of Religion, University of Ottawa, (Ottawa, Canada), 05/26/2010


“Ideology, taxonomy, rules and their distributional consequences”, The Distributive Family, Harvard Law School, (MA, U.S.A.), 07/15/2009

“And God Made Law.  Talmudic Law and Shariah Law: Introduction and Discussion of the Their Use in Canada”, 2009 Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference, (Halifax, Canada), 05/25/2009

“The Jewish Get, the Islamic Talaq, and Other Subversive Moments: Jewish and Muslim Women Negotiating Divorce in Canada”, Panel on Religion, Family and Sexuality, Canadian Law & Society Association Conference, (Ottawa, Canada), 05/23/2009

“(Recent) Writing That Has Changed The Way We Think About Feminist Theory”, Interdisciplinary Ideas Commons: One-Day Feminist Legal/Socio-Legal Workshop, Carleton University, (Ottawa, Canada), 05/22/2009

“The Migration of Religious Islamic Laws to Western Secular Courts : The Paradoxical Binary”, “Much to Learn from One Another”: A Conference on the Politics of Community and Identity, University of Ottawa, (Ottawa, Canada), 05/21/2009

“Courtiser Dieu devant les tribunaux occidentaux”, Summer Institute 2009: Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, (Gananoque, Canada), 05/19/2009

“Legal Pluralism: The Canadian Case”, Pluralism in Family Law–Its Justification and Limits, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin—The Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin, Germany), 05/08/2009 

Human Rights, Gender, and Cultural Plurality”, Pluralism in Family Law–Its Justification and Limits, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin—The Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin, Germany), 05/07/2009

“Comparative Law at the Intersection of Religion and Gender: How Liberal Societies Approach Issues of Faith and Culture”, Workshop on Religion, Law and Democracy, Tenth Mediterranean Research Meeting, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute of Florence (EUI), (Florence & Montecatini Terme, Italy), 03/27/2009

“Flirting with God in Western Secular Courts”, Comparative Family Law: What is the Global Family? Family Law in Decolonization, Modernization and Globalization, American University Washington College of Law, (Washington D.C., U.S.A.), 03/21/2009

“The Bad Man/Bad Woman Script: Flirting with God in Western Secular Courts”, International Conference on Feminist Constitutionalism, Queen’s University, Kingston (Ontario, Canada), 02/28/2009

“Critical Perspectives on Environment and Women’s Health” (commentator), York University and the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, Toronto (Ontario, Canada), 01/29/2009


“Religion et droits de la personne”, La Déclaration universelle des droits de la personne: 60 ans plus tard”, the Association for Canadian Studies and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau FoundationMcGill Faculty Club, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 12/09/2008


“L’égalité hommes-femmes, la religion et le droit”Chaire de recherche du Canada en identités juridiques et culturelles nord-américaines et comparées, Les Conférences “Droit et Religion”, Université de Montréal, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 12/07/2007

“Islamic Marriage in Western Liberal Courts: Beyond Recognition, Equality and Fairness”, Diversité, fédéralisme et droits fondamentaux, University of Barcelona and University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), 09/15/2007

“Islamic Marriage in Western Courts: Beyond Recognition, Equality and Fairness”, The American Law and Society Conference, “Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures”, Humboldt University, (Berlin, Germany), 07/26/2007


“Sharia Court in Canada and Global Civil Society: What are the Stakes?”, University of Edinburgh, International Interdisciplinary Conference, “A World for All? The Ethics of Global Civil Society”, Edinburgh (Scotland, U.K.), 09/04-07/2005

“The Reception of Islamic Family Law in Western States: Can Muslim Subaltern Women Speak?”, The American Philosophical Association, APA Committee on the Status of Women, “Multiculturalism and Women’s Rights”, San Francisco (CA, U.S.A.), 03/26/2005

“The Adjudication of Otherness in Constitutional Liberal States: A Critique of the (Multi) Cultural Encounter in the Enforcement of Mahr”, Faculty of Law, McGill University, FQRSC Seminar: Governance and the Diversity of du Law, Montreal, (Quebec, Canada), 03/14/2005

“La réception de l’espace juridique islamique au Canada : La femme musulmane est-elle un être visible caché? ”   (Guest Speaker), Chaire d’étude Claire-Bonenfant sur la condition des femmes, Université Laval, Quebec City (Quebec, Canada), 03/08/2005

“The Adjudication of Otherness in Constitutional Liberal States: A Critique of the (Multi) Cultural Encounter in the Enforcement of Mahr”, Faculty Seminar, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 02/16/2005


“Muslim Women with Headscarf: Comparative Legal and Political Perspectives on Germany and France” (with Gökçe Yurdakul), International Conference of the International Sociological Association:  “Racisms, Sexisms, and Contemporary Politics of Belonging”, London (U.K.), 08/27/2004

“Legal Discourses of Recognition and/or Regulation: How Identities are Formed, Produced, and Translated Through Law” (with Robert Leckey), Harvard Law School, SJD-Run Workshop, Cambridge (MA, U.S.A.), 04/06/2004


“Globalization and Sexual Politics”, Northeastern University School of Law’s Progressive Lawyering Project: “Rethinking Ideology and Strategy: Progressive Lawyering, Globalization and Markets”, Boston (MA, U.S.A.), 11/07/2003

“Group Identity and Muslim Women in the West”, Institute for Women’s Studies and Research, Teheran (Iran), 07/23/2003


“Law’s Encounters with Multiculturalism: The Treatment of Muslim Women in Canada and the United States”, The 6th International Conference of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association: “Women in the Arab World: Past Experiences and Future Horizons”, Cairo University, Cairo (Egypt), 01/03-05/2002


“The Dilemmas (and Dangers) of Difference: Law’s Encounters with Multiculturalism in Canada”, An International Interdisciplinary Conference: “Cultural Studies: Between Politics and Ethics”, University College, Bath Spa (U.K.), 07/06-08/2001 

“The Erasure of Islamic Difference in Canadian Family Law”, The International Society of Family Law North America Regional Conference: “Defining the Family: Familial Rights and Obligations in the New Century”, Queen’s University, Kingston (Ontario, Canada), 06/14-16/2001        

“The Ghettoization of Difference in Canada: ‘Rape by Culture’ and the Danger of a ‘Cultural Defence’ in Criminal Law Trials” Canadian Law and Society Association’s 2001 Conference: “Socio-legal Issues in the New Century”, Université Laval, Quebec City (Quebec, Canada), 05/28-29/2001

“The Ghettoization of Difference in Canada: ‘Rape by Culture’ and the Danger of a ‘Cultural Defence’ in Criminal Law Trials”, Annual student conference at the Department of Sociology of the University of Toronto: “Bridging Divides”, Toronto (Ontario, Canada), 05/16-18/2001

Conferences to Judges, Lawyers, Policy Makers and the Private Sector


“God is Emancipation to You—To me, He is Oppression: Secularism, Gender and the State”, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, New York City, (New York, U.S.A.), 03/03/2016

“God is Emancipation to You—To me, He is Oppression: Secularism, Gender and the State”, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, New York City, (New York, U.S.A.), 02/03/2016


“La Règle de droit et la religion: deux visions irréconciliables? ”, Divisional Assembly of the Superior Court of Quebec, National Judicial Institute, (Château Montebello, Quebec), 06/12/2015


“Mediation in the Lebanese Legal System: a Comparative View from Palestine”, United Nations, (UNRWA: Protection Unit of the Lebanese Field Office), (Beirut, Liban), 06/28/2013

“Femmes, religion et pouvoir(s): regards croisés sur le droit comparé”, Petit-déjeuner des Amies d’affaire, Hôtel le Germain, (Montreal, Quebec), 06/07/2013

“Judging Culture”, Living on the Margins: Judging Fairly, Judging Responsively, National Judicial Institute, (Montreal, Quebec), 05/09/2013


“Droit des contrats, droit de la famille, droit international privé et droit criminel : quand le religieux rencontre le séculier en Occident”, Training session for juges at the Court of Québec (Civil Division, Criminal Division and Youth Division), La maison du Barreau du Québec (Montreal, Canada), 05/10/2011

“Les crimes d’honneur et le régime de détermination de la peine au Canada”, Seminar on criminal law, National Judicial Institute, (Vancouver, Canada), 03/31/2011


“Muslim Marriage in Western Courts: Lost in Transplantation”, The Matrix Chambers, (London, U.K.), 11/25/2010

“When the Private Becomes Public: The Regulation of Women’s Body Through Bill 94”, Islam and Muslim Communities, Training for members of the Foreign Services, Global Affairs and International Trade Canada, Bisson Campus (Gatineau, Canada), 11/08/2010

“L’influence des religions dans le mariage et le divorce : perspectives canadienne et internationale”, Office of the Commissionner for Federal Judicial Affairs, Hôtel Le Chantecler, (Sainte-Adèle, Canada), 11/08/2010

“Des revendications calculées: le spectre distributif du divorce juif et musulman au Canada”, Rendre justice dans une société plurielle et dans une cage de verre : défis et enjeux, Convention of the Young Bar of Montreal, (Montreal, Canada), 05/25/2010

“Courtiser Dieu devant les tribunaux occidentaux”, Formation du Barreau du Québec, Maison du Barreau, (Montreal, Canada), 05/13/2010


“Cas pratiques : l’intervention judiciaire en matière de liberté de religion dans les contextes spécifiques de la polygamie et de la burka ”, Journée Germain-Brière, Formation du Barreau du Québec, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, (Ottawa, Canada), 09/26/2009


“La protection juridique des femmes musulmanes: une étude comparative de la Malaisie, du Nigéria, de la Tunisie et de l’Égypte”, United Nations, (UNDP :United Nations Development Programme), New York City, (New York, U.S.A.), 10/06/2008


(with the Secretary State of Justice Reform, Me Daniel Jean) “La femme haïtienne, les discriminations et le droit international des femmes”, Groupe d’initiative des femmes juristes d’Haïti le Barreau de l’Ordre des Avocats de Port au Prince, Palais de Justice, Port-au-Prince (Haïti), 06/25/2007


“Le droit comparé au carrefour de la religion et des rapports hommes-femmes : examen de la manière dont les sociétés libérales abordent les questions de foi et de culture”, National Judicial Institute, “Colloque sur les nouveaux enjeux : juger dans un contexte de foi et de cultures diverses”, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 10/05/2006

“Dans quel monde vivons-nous? Le 21e siècle : un monde furieusement religieux? ”  Séminaire sur la réalité sociale des juges de la Cour du Québec, Auberge Le Baluchon, St-Paulin (Quebec, Canada), 04/25/2006


“Tribunal islamique et femmes musulmanes : une difficile rencontre?” (Guest Speaker : International Women’s Day 2005), Conseil du Statut de la Femme, Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec, Canada), 03/09/2005

“Building Canadians: Preparing our People for the Global Playing Field”, Banff Forum, “Integrating Canadians: The Groutless Mosaic”, Banff (Alberta, Canada), 10/06-08/2005


“La réception de l’espace juridique islamique au Canada : la femme musulmane est-elle un être visible caché?”, Conseil du Statut de la femme, Quebec City, (Quebec, Canada), 10/14/2004

“Femmes musulmanes à l’ère de la mondialisation”, Fédération des Femmes du Québec, Regional Council, Quebec City (Quebec, Canada), 06/15/2004


“Réforme du droit et condition juridique des femmes du Moyen-Orient”, Secrétariat à la condition féminine du Québec, Quebec City, (Quebec, Canada), 03/09/1999

Contributions Presented to the General Public


“Mariages religieux, mondialisation et femmes en Occident sous la loupe du pluralisme juridique”, book launch for Mariages musulmans, tribunaux d’Occident, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, (Ontario, Canada), 11/19/2013


“La religion dans les institutions publiques”, God (s): A User’s Guide : Explore and Discuss, Series of public debates, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, (Ontario, Canada), 03/01/2012


“L’importance du Pro Bono, assise de la justice sociale” (with Pascal McDougall & Anne Dagenais), Pro Bono Students Canada Launch Event , Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, (Ontario, Canada), 09/14/2011

“Les mariages religieux et la burqa au cœur de l’Occident séculier”, Retraite du personnel administratif, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 06/10/2011


“Canada et le monde”, Trudeau Foundation & Canada World Youth: Jacques Hébert: His Life and World, Chair of the Jacques Hébert Global Citizenship Award Ceremony, McGill Faculty Club, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 12/08/2008


“Sharia et droits des femmes : quels enjeux?”, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) & the Fédération des femmes du Québec, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 03/17/2005

“Tribunal islamique et femmes musulmanes : une difficile rencontre?” (Guest speaker: International Women’s Day 2005), L’université du troisième âge en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec, Canada), 03/10/2005

“Tribunal islamique et femmes musulmanes : une difficile rencontre?” Condition Féminine, Ministère des Transports du Québec,  International Women’s Day 2005, Montreal, (Quebec, Canada), 03/07/2005

“Tribunal Islamique, voile à l’école, droits des femmes : nos institutions doivent-elles tenir compte des préceptes de l’Islam?” Musée de la Civilisation, Participe Présent: Quebec City (Quebec, Canada), 01/10/2005


“Religion and Revolution: Towards a New Conception of the Division of Religion/State in a Multicultural Society”, Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s Excellence Awards Symposium: “Think Again 2004: Revolution/Evolution”, Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), 09/17/2004


“Interpreting Justice: Language, Culture, and Minority Groups”, Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s Excellence Awards Symposium: “Think Again 2002: Exploring New Paths”, Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), 09/27-28/2002


“Arab Women and Gender Equality: Toward the Redefinition of Family Law, Crimes of Honor, and Female Genital Mutilation”, International Rotary Club of Alexandria, Alexandria (Egypt), 02/05/1999

Contributions Made to Non-Profit Organizations


“Navigating the Secular/Religious Divide: Religion, Gender and Divorce in Western States”, York-Noor Lectures, (Toronto, Canada), 05/05/2015


“Droit musulman, femmes et justice sociale”, Book Launch Event for Mariages musulmans, tribunaux d’Occident and 10th Anniversary of the Trudeau Foundation, Grande Bibliothèque, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 11/20/2013


“Divorce religieux juif et divorce civil: une approche comparative”, Les femmes et le judaïsme dans le monde contemporain, ALEPH- le Centre d’Etudes Juives Contemporaines (CSUQ), Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 11/04/2012


“Droits des femmes et égalité des sexes dans la coopération canadienne : défis et perspectives” (Chair), AQOCI and Fondation Walter & Duncan Gordon, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 01/19-20/2009


Table des controverses: Exit la religion dans la société d’aujourd’hui?” Les Journées Alternatives, “De l’action locale à la citoyenneté mondiale”, Alternatives, Montreal (Quebec, Canada), 09/10/2005


“Muslim Women and Constitutional Liberal States: Exclusion, Assimilation or Integration?”, Carrefour Culturel Sésame de Québec, Journée internationale de la femme 2004, Université Laval (Quebec City, Quebec), 03/10/2004  


“Multiculturalism in Canadian and American societies”, American Association of University Women, Taunton, MA (USA), 12/07/2002    

“Islam, Women, and Multicultural States”, American Association of University Women Annual Dinner, Boxford (MA, USA), 05/02/2002


“International Volunteering: Looking Ahead”, Canadian International Volunteer Coalition Symposium (Opening Speaker on Canada’s contribution to sustainable human development), Montreal, Quebec (Canada), 10/16/2001