Legal Studies

Organized around the theme of law and social transformation, this interdisciplinary MA program is designed for students interested in developing a rigorous and critical understanding of how law works, the different ways individuals encounter and challenge law, the changing means by which regulation takes place and the relationship between law, nation, citizenship and belonging. Our students participate in ongoing research and seminar series sponsored by the Department of Law and Legal Studies, including the Jurisprudence Center and the Graduate Culture Seminar.

A collaborative specialization in African Studies is also available.

Capital Advantage

With a location in the nation’s capital, Carleton is in close proximity to Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada and various government departments directly and indirectly involved with law. In addition, offices of many interest groups and social movements concerned with legal and social change provide Carleton with unrivaled resources for research and policy studies in law and governance. Career opportunities are just down the road.

Fields of Specialization

  • Citizenship, Human Rights and Political Economy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Gender, Sexuality and Identity
  • Crime Governance and Security
  • Globalization, International Law and Transnational Justice
  • Law, History, Culture and Humanities

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Political trials in Canadian history
  • Judicial politics in authoritarian regimes
  • Identity and international war crimes tribunals
  • Independence referendums in democratic theory
  • Political economy of public and private policing

Contact Information

Graduate Supervisor: Professor Christiane Wilke