Elizabeth Sheehy (Ontario)

Elizabeth Sheehy

Elizabeth Sheehy, LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. (Honoris causa), F.R.S.C., is a Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law where she has taught and researched in the area of criminal law and legal responses to men’s violence against women for more than 30 years.  Her research record includes her most recent books: Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism (University of Ottawa Press, 2012) (Available on Open Access) and Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts (UBC Press, 2014). The latter book won the David Walter Mundell Medal, described as “a kind of Pulitzer Prize for legal writing”, awarded by the Attorney General of Ontario, and was short-listed by the Federation of Social Sciences and the Humanities for the Canada Prize 2015. In 2017 Elizabeth was awarded a Persons Award from the Governor General of Canada for “contributions [that] have enabled important strides in challenging male violence against women and thereby enhanced women’s access to their equality rights in Canada.”