Professor Bouclin teaches broadly in the areas of social justice and conflict resolution. She holds a PhD from McGill University (Montreal), two interdisciplinary MAs and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2002. Suzanne Bouclin is highly regarded for her work in furthering social justice for marginalized people. In 2016, she was appointed to the Ontario Human Right’s Tribunal. In 2014, she re-launched the Ticket Defence Program as a community-campus partnership in the form of a free mobile legal clinic providing legal services to homeless people in Ottawa. She is also a member of the Observatory on Profiling, a bilingual, bi-juridical, and interdisciplinary hub for researchers documenting and observing profiling practices across Canada with the aim of contributing to public debate and policies around racial, social and political profiling.
Her research is situated at the crossroads of poverty law, film and media studies, and feminist theories. Suzanne Bouclin is the first legal scholar to receive the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award (2015-2020); she was also named the University of Ottawa’s Young Researcher of the Year (2015-2016); and was elected to the Global Young Academy (2016-2021).
Her current projects include the following: examining whether new communications technologies can help homeless people access law and justice; a collaboration with Professors Jena McGill, Amy Salyzyn and Teresa Scassa regarding the privacy issues around the use of mobile and web-based apps; and a close exploration of the cinematic representations of criminalized women. Professor Bouclin is also a member of University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society.
Her career trajectory from practice to academia includes articling for a boutique constitutional litigation firm in Toronto and working with national non-profit organizations in the following capacities: Director of the Language Rights Program for the Court Challenges Program of Canada; Executive Director of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ); and Research/Analyst with the National Association of Women in the Law (NAWL). Her volunteer work and community activism was recognized by her peers in 2014 with the Faculty of Law’s Community Service Award. She has been a member of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund’s (LEAF) Legal Committee, as well as a board member of both the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA), and the Independent Film Collective of Ottawa. She is also currently a board member for the Canadian Film Institute and sits on the Canadian Journal of Poverty Law’s Editorial Committee.