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Jennifer Orange

Jennifer Orange

Assistant Professor
DepartmentLincoln Alexander School of Law
Areas of ExpertiseHuman rights, international law, organizational theory, dispute resolution, socio-legal studies, museology

Jennifer Orange is an assistant professor in the Lincoln Alexander School of Law. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Bill Graham Institute for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto, a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and a litigator at Torys LLP.

Her interdisciplinary research investigates the ways that cultural institutions support the dissemination and evolution of human rights norms. Her work explains how human rights communities of practice that include both state and non-state actors can promote a human rights culture. Orange is also conducting research on the return of cultural artefacts to Indigenous communities.

Orange has written in the areas of international law, constitutional law, human rights, truth and reconciliation, and museology, including publications in Human Rights Quarterly, the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, and the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship. She has held a number of fellowships, including a Jackman Humanities Institute-Mellon Fellowship.

As of April 2021, Jennifer has been appointed as a part-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for a 5 year term.

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Publications

“The Work that Remains: Continuing the reconciliation work of legal tribunals through museums” (2018) 45:4 Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 597-612.

“Translating Law into Practice: Museums and a Human Rights Community of Practice” (2016) 38:3 Human Rights Quarterly, 706-735.

“Contentious Terrain: Developing a Human Rights Museology” (2012) 27:2 Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, 111- 127 (with J. Carter).

“Emerging Duties: Protecting Canadians’ Human Rights Abroad” (2011) 28:2 National Journal of Constitutional Law, 207-233.

“Bolstering the Argument for Redress for the Comfort Women: The Japanese-Canadian Settlement as Precedent” (1998) 14:1 International Insights, 27-43.

Other Refereed Publications

“A Step Towards Integrating the Women, Peace and Security Agenda into R2P” (2019) 1 The Canadian Journal on Responsibility to Protect, 55-61.

“Blurring the Boundaries of International Human Rights Law: The Human Rights Work of Museums” (2018) 22 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, 188-217.

“Canada and U.S. Approaches to Pharmaceuticals” (2005) 31 Canada-U.S. Law Journal, 317-324.

Conference and Workshop Presentations (Selected)

“Museum Practices in Support of Transitional Justice,” The Restitution Dialogues: A Transnational Conversation on Cultural Loss, Return and Renewal, Tel Aviv University, Israel, December 2019.

“Exploring the Possible Futures for the Development of UNDRIP in Canada,” Jackman Humanities Institute Truth and Reconciliation Research Quadrant Workshop, Toronto, May 2019.

“Museums Working at the Boundaries of International Human Rights Law,” Canadian Council on International Law Annual Conference, Ottawa, November 2018.

Senior Fellow, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, 2019-present.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, 2019-2021.

Member of Advisory Board and Senior Fellow, Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, The Munk School of Global Affairs, 2016-present.

Mellon Graduate Fellowship, Jackman Humanities Institute, 2016-2018.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2016-2018.

Global Justice Fellow, The Munk School of Global Affairs, 2014-2017.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships, Doctoral, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2013-2016.

Degree Institution Year
SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) University of Toronto 2019
LLM (Master of Laws) New York University 2003
LLB (Bachelor of Laws) University of Toronto 1998
BA (Bachelor of Arts) University of Pennsylvania 1993