Amanda Dale

Amanda Dale

Best known for her decade as the Executive Director of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, and previously as the Director of Advocacy and Communications at YWCA Toronto, Dr. Amanda Dale is an international human rights scholar and activist, with a specialization in access to justice and women's human rights. She is currently faculty at the Women's Human Rights Institute, and a recognized spokesperson and expert in the way law impacts marginalized people's lives and in women’s rights and violence against women. Amanda has over 30 years’ experience working in municipal, provincial, national, international, multicultural, urban, and remote contexts. Her leadership was pivotal to the Jane Doe Audit of Toronto Police sexual assault investigations, the successful restriction of the use of religious arbitration in the settlement of family law matters in Ontario, the development of a women’s shelter in the Arctic, and the success of projects in Ghana and Sudan that resulted in increased women’s political participation. Her leadership saw the Barbra Schlifer Clinic complete a historic period of growth and influence, including an advanced role in direct access to justice service development, test case litigation, and appellate work, as well as international human rights work. For three decades, Amanda has remained active in the feminist movement contributing to many organizations, including Quimaavik Shelter (Nunavut), Nellie’s Hostel, St. Joseph’s Women Health Centre, YWCA Toronto. She is the Chair of the Board at Inter Pares, a member of the advisory board of the Canadian Centre for Legal Innovation in Sexual Assault Response (CCLISAR), and an Expert Advisory Panel Member of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. Amanda is the 2013 recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Social Justice. Amanda holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School.