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About Karen Busby

Karen Busby has been with the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law since 1988. She has an LL.B. (Manitoba, 1981) and LL.M. (Columbia, 1988). She was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1982 and she practiced for a year with Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman. After studying in France for a year, she was the first clerk with the Federal Court of Appeal (1984-87).
Professor Karen Busby's research and teaching interests include constitutional law, in particular human rights and equality law, civil procedure and administrative law. The equality law research is action-oriented, inter-disciplinary and collaborative; civil procedure research involves conventional legal scholarship (a fastidiously technical pursuit); and administrative law marries law and politics. Her research is also directed at diverse audiences including equality theorists (legal and non-legal); students in different disciplines (Law and Women's Studies); practitioners; judges across Canada and the grassroots women's movement. Her research is animated by a commitment to social change and the desire to be an effective, accessible writer. Her contributions as an engaged researcher have been recognized through awards given by the Canadian Bar Association, the Manitoba Bar Association, the YW-YMCA (Woman of Distinction) and a nomination for the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.


Present Assistant Professor (1988-1993), University of Manitoba School of Law
Present Associate Professor (1993-2000), University of Manitoba School of Law
Present Federal Court of Canada (Appeal Division). Research Assistant to the Rules Committee (1986-1987). Law clerk to all judges (September 1984-March 1985); Mr. Justices Heald and Urie (April 1985 to August 1986)., Academic and Professional History
Present Professor (2000-present), University of Manitoba School of Law
Present Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Bond University, Australia (2005), Academic and Professional History

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Equality Law, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and Law and Women's Studies

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Honors and Awards

  • YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (Business and the Professions) (2007)
  • Manitoba Bar Association “Pro Bono” Award (2005).
  • Canadian Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference “Hero” Award (2004).
  • LAMBDA Magic “Community Changer” Award (2002).
  • Nominated for a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of The Persons Case (2001).
  • University of Manitoba Community Outreach Award (1996).


  • Constitutional Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Intensive Administrative Law
  • Legal Methods
  • Women, the State and the Law (Arts, Women's Studies) (1991, 1992, 1994).
  • General Principles of Procedural Fairness. (40 hour course in the Municipal Administrators Certificate Course (Management Studies, Continuing Education Division) held in January and February 1997.)
  • Frequent guest speaker in Sociology, Women's Studies, Philosophy, Political Studies, Economics, Fine Arts, and Anthropology classes on topics such as feminist theory, pornography, violence against women, queer issues, and feminism and social change.

Contact Information

Room 305J
Faculty of Law
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada, R3T 2N2
tel: 204.474.6155
fax: 204.474.7580


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