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Relying on Eyes and Ears to Build a Case: Carleton Professors Describe How the Senses Change the Law

Carleton professors will be discussing how the law and the senses are intimately connected at the upcoming Author Meets Readers event for the newly released book Sensing Law. The event features a panel discussion with members of Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies and community panelists.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street, Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public

The book Sensing Law brings together 15 authors from three countries and eight disciplines to examine how law and the senses collide.

One example of this connection is demonstrated by residents of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, outside Sarnia, who suspect nearby petrochemical plants are releasing high volumes of pollutants in short spurts. To make their case, they rely on residents’ sense of smell to determine when and where to take ambient air samples.

Whether its forensic nurses administering “rape kits” or the use of visualization to claim a copyright violation, people continue to rely on the most basic of tools – their senses – to make legal arguments.

Carleton professors Sheryl Hamilton, Diana Majury, Dawn Moore, Neil Sargent and Christiane Wilke edited and contributed to the book.

About Author Meets Readers

Author Meets Readers is a series hosted by the Faculty of Public Affairs once a month during the academic year as part of its mission to bring public affairs to the public. This Author Meets Readers event is part of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival.


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