Room Number: 210 Law
LLM (Yale) 1980
LLB (Queen's) 1977
PhD (McGill) 1973, Phenomenology/Legal Philosophy/Theory of Knowledge
MA, (McGill) 1970, Phenomenology/Ethics
BA, (Bryn Mawr) 1968, English Literature and Philosophy (Hons)
Lucinda Vandervort earned a PhD (1973) degree from McGill University under the supervision of Raymond Klibansky, a JD (1977) from Queen’s, and an LLM (1980) from Yale. She came to Saskatchewan in 1982 from the Graduate School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York (Albany) where she was an assistant professor (1980-1982). Her doctoral work dealt with theory of knowledge and legal philosophy. As a law student and articling/bar admission student (1974-1979), she continued to teach and write, teaching philosophy courses at Carleton and Concordia on ethics, phenomenology, and existentialism, at the University of Ottawa on law and philosophy, and working as a research consultant for Health and Welfare Canada and for the Criminal Law and Administrative Law Projects of the Law Reform Commission of Canada. She articled in Ottawa in criminal law and with the Regulated Industries Board of the Consumer’s Association of Canada, and is a member of the Ontario Bar (admitted April 1979--suspended for nonpayment of fees in 1999). In the 1980s she appeared as counsel, often pro bono, in a number of cases before the Federal Courts on behalf of various federal prisoners in Saskatchewan. Tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1987, she went to Harvard as a Visiting Scholar, 1988 to 1991.
As a member (1996-2002) of the National Legal Committee (NLC) of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), she participated in LEAF’s strategic litigation program under sections 15 and 28 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and collaborated on the intervener factums in a number of cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including Whitley & Mowers (1994), R.D.S. (1997), Winnipeg Child and Family Services (1997), Ewanchuk (1999), J.G. (1999), Mills (1999), Darrach (2000), and Shearing (2001). Her legal and philosophical writings are cited by academics and law reformers in Canada and internationally. Her analyses of sexual assault law, consent, theory of criminal responsibility, and mistake of law are cited, quoted, and applied in a number of judgments by the Supreme Court of Canada and other levels of Court in various provinces. She was promoted to Professor in 2005.
At present, her research program focuses on “legitecture,” defined by her as a discipline---distinct from jurisprudence as we have known it---that examines and theorizes the design and operation of legal institutions. Her scholarly writing projects in progress deal with gender violence, sexual assault, and the rule of law, police and prosecutorial decision-making, and the design of mechanisms to regulate the exercise of discretion in the legal system.
Administrative law, administration of justice, bio-ethics, conflict of laws, correctional law, human rights, jurisprudence & legal theory, criminal law, sexual assault law and policy, and evidence from a multi-disciplinary & comparative law perspective.
Administrative law, administration of justice, conflict of laws, jurisprudence & legal theory, criminal law, sexual assault law and policy, and evidence.
Publications and Research Work:
Dissertations and theses
Lucinda Vandervort, sub. nom. Lucinda Ann Vandervort Brettler, 1970. The Function of Wertfühlen in Scheler's Theory of Value. M.A. Thesis, McGill University, 120 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, sub. nom. Lucinda Ann Vandervort Brettler, 1973. The Phenomenology of Adolf Reinach: Chapters in the Theory of Knowledge and Legal Philosophy. Ph.D. dissertation, McGill University, 266 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1979. Political Control of Independent Administrative Agencies. Study Paper, Administrative Law Project, Law Reform Commission of Canada, 190 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Legal Subversion of the Criminal Justice Process? Judicial, Prosecutorial and Police Discretion in Edmondson, Kindrat and Brown,” Chapter 6, in Elizabeth Sheehy, ed, Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice & Women’s Activism, (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2012) at pp. 113-153.
Lucinda Vandervort, “'To Codify or Not to Codify the Principles of Criminal Responsibility: A Question of Fundamental Justice and Equality” in Don Stuart, Ron Delisle, and Allan Manson, ed, Towards a Clear and Just Criminal Law: A Criminal Reports Forum, (Toronto: Carswell, 1999) at pp. 231-242.
Lucinda Vandervort, "Empirical Uncertainty and Legal Decision-Making," in E. Bulygin, J‑L. Gardies, I. Niiniluoto, ed, Man, Law and Modern Forms of Life, (Dordrecht, Holland: D. Reidel Pub. Co., 1985) at pp. 251‑261.
ArticlesVandervort , Lucinda, "HIV, Fraud, Non-Disclosure, Consent and a Stark Choice: Mabior or Sexual Autonomy?" (2013) 60(2) Criminal Law Quarterly 301-320.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Sexual Consent as Voluntary Agreement: Tales of 'Seduction' or Questions of Law?” (January, 2013) 16(1) New Criminal Law Review: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal 143-201.
Lucinda Vandervort. “Affirmative Sexual Consent in Canadian Law, Jurisprudence, and Legal Theory” (2012) 23(2) Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 395-442.
Lucinda Vandervort, “'Too Young to Sell Me Sex!?' Mens Rea, Mistake of Fact, Reckless Exploitation, and the Underage Sex Worker” (2012) 58 (3/4) Criminal Law Quarterly 355-378.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Access to Justice and the Public Interest in the Administration of Justice” (2012) 63 University of New Brunswick Law 124-144.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Reproductive Choice: Screening Policy and Access to the Means of Reproduction” (2006) 28(2) Human Rights Quarterly 438-464.
Lucinda Vandervort, “The Defence of Belief in Consent: Guidelines and Jury Instructions for Application of Criminal Code Section 265(4)” (2005) 50(4) Criminal Law Quarterly 441-452.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Sexual Assault: Availability of the Defence of Belief in Consent” (2005) 84(1) Canadian Bar Review 89-105.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Honest Beliefs, Credible Lies, and Culpable Awareness: Rhetoric, Inequality, and Mens Rea in Sexual Assault” (2004) 42(4) Osgoode Hall L.J. 625-660.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Self-Defence in Criminal Law and Related Aspects of the Administration of Criminal Justice: an Equality Rights Perspective,” Report on the LEAF Consultation on Self-Defence held November 17, 2001, prepared for the Women’s Legal Action and Education Fund (LEAF), February, 13 pp. Final report as adopted and published at http://www.leaf.ca/legal/submissions/2001-self-defence.pdf#target
Lucinda Vandervort, “Mistake of Law and Obstruction of Justice: A 'Bad Excuse' ... Even for a Lawyer!” (2002) 50 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 171-186. See also "Errata, 2002" 51 U.N.B.L.J., 309-310; and in French: (2002) 51 R.D.U.N.-B., 309-310.
Lucinda Vandervort, 2000. Submission to the Department of Justice, Canada, on “Reform of the Criminal Code Defence of Provocation And Related Aspects of the Law on Sentencing,” prepared on behalf of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, August, 47 pp. Published at http://www.leaf.ca/legal-pdfs/ProvocationPaper99.PDF.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Consent and the Criminal Law,” (1990) 28(2) Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 485‑500.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Mistake of Law and Sexual Assault: Consent and Mens Rea” (1987-1988) 2(2) Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 233‑309.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Social Justice in the Modern Regulatory State: Duress, Necessity and the Consensual Model in Law,” (1987) 6 Law and Philosophy, 205‑225.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Enforcing the Sexual Assault Laws: An Agenda for Action,” (1985) 13(4) Resources for Feminist Research, 44‑45.
Lucinda Vandervort, “The Lawyer Client Relationship in Ontario: Use and Abuse of the Authority to Act,” (1984) 16 Ottawa Law Review, 526‑564.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Equal Liability for Child Maintenance: The Income Tax Implications,” Reports of Family Law (2d) (1983) XXX, 315‑326.
Lucinda Vandervort, “Legal Aspects of the Medical Treatment of Penitentiary Inmates,” (1977) 3 Queen's Law Journal, 368‑423.
Lucinda Vandervort, sub. nom. L.V. Brettler, “Blumberg on 'Moral Criticism',” Mind, New Series, Vol. 84, No. 336 (Oct., 1975), pp. 579‑582.
Lucinda Vandervort, sub. nom. Lucinda Vandervort Brettler, 1975. “Review of Phenomenology and the Social Sciences,” Dialogue, XIV, 714‑718, M. Natanson, (ed.)
Lucinda Vandervort, 2007. “Appeal shocking verdict in Kindrat case,” Special to The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, April 20, 2007.
Lucinda Vandervort (trans.), sub. nom. Lucinda Vandervort Brettler, E. Husserl, "Adolf Reinach," (1975) xxxv Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 571‑574.
Representative sample of unpublished technical papers & reports
Reader/Critic in the 2013 Author Meets Reader/Critic session on Sally Kenney, Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter (Routledge, 2012) at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass., May 30, 2013.
“Framing the debate about prosecutorial discretion: legality, fraternity, human rights, and the ‘public interest’?” Paper presented at the International Legal Ethics Conference, Banff, Alberta, July 2012.
“Using legitecture to control ‘implicit bias’.” Paper delivered at the International Conference on Law and Society, June 7, 2012, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, in a session on “Reframing Feminist Legal Theory” for the Collaborative research network on Feminist Legal Theory.
Lucinda Vandervort, 2010. “Mistaken Belief in Consent: Dealing with Theories of Fabrication.” May 5, 2010, Edmonton, Alberta; Invited Speaker, Alberta Prosecutor’s conference, May 3-6, 2010, organized and sponsored by Department of Justice, Alberta.
Lucinda Vandervort, 2010. “Equality and Challenges in the Enforcement of Sexual Assault Law.” Saskatoon Sexual Assault Centre, Invited Speaker, May 7, 2010, examination of the significance of selected legal issues for enforcement of the sexual assault laws in a manner consistent with equality principles.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1998, “Legal Limits on the Availability of the Defence of Belief in Consent: Law, Fact, and Myth in Sexual Assault under section 265(4),” Circulated paper, 52 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1994, "Pappajohn's Legacy and 'Mistaken' Belief: A Doctrinal Framework for the 'Air of Reality' Test." Draft article, circulated, 43 pp. Annotated/Discussed in S. Boyd & E. Sheehy, “Canadian Feminist Literature on Law: An Annotated Bibliography,” (1999) 11 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 1-604 at 98.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1993. "Recklessness, Wilful Blindness and the 'Defence' of Honest Belief." Circulated paper, January, 64 pp. Annotated/Discussed in S. Boyd & E. Sheehy, “Canadian Feminist Literature on Law: An Annotated Bibliography,” (1999) 11 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 1-604 at 148.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1993. "Jurisprudential Lessons from the Trenches: Tax Treatment of Child Support in Canada." Conference on Feminist Legal Theory, Columbia Law School, New York City, June, 12 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1992. "Pappajohn No. 2: Mock Judgment by Noname, J." Developed in 1993 paper on recklessness, wilful blindness, and honest belief, March, 49 pp. text, plus notes.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1992. Feminist Perspective on Police Powers. Study Paper, Criminal Procedure Project, Law Reform Commission of Canada, March 30, final draft, 55 pp. Annotated/Discussed in S. Boyd & E. Sheehy, “Canadian Feminist Literature on Law: An Annotated Bibliography,” (1999) 11 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 1-604 at 98.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1990. Research Grant Application (SSHRC), "Legal representation and democratic theory: a postmodernist/feminist perspective," October. (Awarded: 1991-1997.)
Lucinda Vandervort, 1989. Research Grant Application (SSHRC). "Mistakes of Fact and Law: The Cognitive, Normative and Political Meaning and Significance of the Distinction," October. (Awarded contingent on availability of funds: 1990-1991).
Lucinda Vandervort, 1983. The Institutionalized's Rights Office: Proposal for the Development and Implementation of a System to Deliver Legal Services to Persons Living in Custodial Institutions in Saskatchewan (draft). Ad‑Hoc Organizing Committee on Institutional Legal Services, Saskatchewan, May, 14 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1981. Changing Persons? Draft Working Paper on Behavior Alteration and Human Subject Research. Protection of Life Project, Law Reform Commission of Canada, 201 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1979. An Outline of Issues in Criminal Law Raised by Genetic Engineering. Protection of Life Project, Law Reform Commission of Canada, 8 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1979. Critique of the Draft Working Paper on Legal Regulation of the Use of Behavior Modification Techniques. Protection of Life Project, Law Reform Commission of Canada, 10 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1979. Allocation of Health Care Resources: A Research Proposal. Protection of Life Project, Law Reform Commission of Canada, 12 pp.
Lucinda Vandervort, 1975. Contraceptives and the Law. Prepared on contract for Health and Welfare Canada, 159 pp.
A selection of L. Vandervort’s publications are available for download in pdf format at http://papers.ssrn.com/author=439069.