Ruby Dhand

Associate Professor

BA (Ontario), MA (Carleton), LLB (Ottawa), LLM (Toronto), PhD (Osgoode)

Dr. Dhand has an impressive academic record with an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, an MA from Carleton University, an LLB from the University of Ottawa, an LLM from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (the Ontario Bar). She has been awarded the CIHR Fellowship and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, along with multiple Law Foundation Awards.

Dr. Dhand has worked as a human rights lawyer, specializing in disability law in Ontario. In particular, she has advocated on behalf of people with mental health disabilities and on behalf of sexual assault victims and survivors of domestic abuse. She has been part of test-case litigation teams on major cases at the Supreme Court and Federal Court.

Dr. Dhand has a number of refereed publications including joint authorship of a book in a distinguished series (Halsbury Laws of Canada for Mental Health Law). She has taught at Osgoode and TRU, organized conferences and public legal education workshops and has been involved in disability law, health law and diversity issues. Her colleagues attest to the depth and breadth of her involvement in these legal/community activities, as well as to her effectiveness in that regard. Dr. Dhand has a carefully thought-out teaching philosophy and a solid and impressive research agenda built on her research and scholarly activities to-date.

Dr. Dhand teaches in the areas of Health Law, Mental Health Law, Human Rights Law and Community Lawyering.

Publications
Grants and Project Funding
  1. 2015-present The Law Foundation of British Columbia
    Project Leader: Researched and wrote a successful application to obtain project funding to establish a "Public Interest Award" for TRU Faculty of Law Students, $20,000.
  2. 2015-present The Law Foundation of British Columbia
    Project Leader: Researched and wrote a successful application to obtain project funding to implement and establish a TRU Faculty of Law Clinical Legal Education Program, $50,000.
  3. 2013-2014 The Law Foundation of British Columbia
    Principal Investigator: Awarded a law foundation research grant (Principal Investigator) to pursue a study on behalf of the TRU Faculty of Law entitled, “An Examination of Clinical Legal Education Models for TRU, Faculty of Law,” $ 60,000.
  4. 2012-2013 The Law Foundation of British Columbia
    Co-Investigator: Awarded a law foundation grant with Professor Robert Diab to pursue research on “Canada’s New Refugee Health Care Law Regime: Constitutional and Human Right Implications,” $ 9,040.
Books
  1. Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: Mental Health Law co-authored with Anita Szigeti and D’Arcy Hiltz (2nd Edition) (Lexis Nexis: Toronto, 2015) approx. 330 pgs.
  2. Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: Mental Health Law co-authored with Anita Szigeti and D’Arcy Hiltz (1st Edition) (Lexis Nexis: Toronto, 2011) approx. 330 pgs.
Refereed Book Chapters
  1. "Race, Culture and Ethnicity in Mental Health Law and Policy " in Colleen Flood and Jennifer Chandler, eds. Law and Mind: Mental Health Law and Policy, (LexisNexis Canada: Toronto, 2016) 449-471.
  2. "An Exploratory Study of the Legal Barriers Facing Ethno-Racial People with Mental Health Disabilities in Ontario" (Case Study in Liora Salter, Fenner Stewart and Stephen Wilks eds. Understanding Decisions That Matter: A Guide to Research, (electronic e-resource, Osgoode Hall Law School, “in press” to be published in 2016) (approx.10 pgs).
Refereed Journal Articles
  1. "Creating a Cultural Analysis Tool for the Implementation of Ontario's Civil Mental Health Laws," International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Volume 45 (2016): 25-42 (approx.63 double-spaced pgs).
  2. Invited Manuscript: “Examining Narratives of Cultural Diversity in Mental Health Law” Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, Volume 5, 2016: 368-393.
  3. "Canada’s Refugee Health Law and Policy from a Comparative, Constitutional, and Human Rights Perspective” co-authored with Robert Diab, Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, Issue 1, 2015: 351-406.
  4. Invited Manuscript “Access to Justice and Canada’s New Refugee Determination System: Addressing the Plight of Refugees with Mental Health Disabilities” Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (Forthcoming, 2016).
  5. Invited Guest editor, Special Issue “Legal Responses to Mental Health: Courts, Special Courts and Interdisciplinary Tribunals,” Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, co-edited with Margaret Hall (Forthcoming, 2016)
  6. "Access to Justice for Ethno-Racial Psychiatric Consumer/Survivors in Ontario" Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Volume 29, Issue 1, 2011: 127-162.
  7. "Colliding Intersections in Law: Culture, Race and Mental Health Disability," Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, Volume 2, Fall, 2011: 1-25.
  8. "Representing a Client with a Mental Health Disability in Civil and Criminal Matters," co-authored with Anita Szigeti, Ontario Bar Association Review, Briefly Speaking, 2012: 1-10.
  9. "The Gospel of Women's Reform: An Analysis of Female Moral Reform Movement in 19th Century America." The Mirror: History Journal Vol. XXIII March, 2003:1-25.
Dissertations and Research Essays
  1. "Creating a Cultural Analysis Tool for the Implementation of Ontario’s Mental Health Laws." Ph.D. Thesis, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2014.
  2. "Challenging Exclusion: A Critique of the Legal Barriers Faced by Ethno-Racial Psychiatric Consumer/Survivors in Ontario." LL.M. Thesis, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2009.
  3. "A Comparative Study of Canada's Refugee Acceptance Rates and Detention Policies." M.A. Research Essay, Carleton University, 2006.
Other Refereed Contributions
  1. "ARCH’s 30th Anniversary Celebratory Symposium." ARCH Alert April (2011): 2-3.
  2. "ARCH’s Diversity and Mental Health Project." ARCH Alert May (2008): 1-2.
  3. "SAARC: Moving Towards Cooperative Security," in the Canadian Consortium on Asia Pacific Security Bulletin, No. 48, Proceedings of a Conference Held in Ottawa December 2nd- 4th, 2005: 7-8.
  4. "United to Combat Racism: A Youth Vision." Tiny Giant Magazine Special Edition (2001-2002): 9-10.
  5. "The WCAR: A Complementary View." Outreach: Saskatchewan Intercultural Association February (2002): 3.
Research

My current major areas of research and publication are disability law, human rights law, mental health law (civil and forensic), health law, the impact of culture, race, ethnicity, gender and other intersectional factors upon the law and the legal processes, clinical legal education, community lawyering, refugee law and administrative law. As demonstrated in my Research Contributions, I have been building a comprehensive publication record through the dissemination of peer-reviewed materials at regional, national and international levels, while successfully attaining TRI-Council research grants (SSHRC and CIHR). I have also attained Grants and Project Funding (as the Project Leader; Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator) from the Law Foundation of British Columbia.

Grants
  1. Awarded a grant from The Law Foundation of British Columbia (Principle Investigator) to pursue a qualitative study entitled, "An Examination of Clinical Legal Education Models for TRU, Faculty of Law," $60,000.
  2. Awarded a grant with Robert Diab from The Law Foundation of British Columbia to pursue research on "Canada’s New Refugee Health Care Law Regime: Constitutional and Human Rights Implications," $9,040.
Conferences
Conference Presentations
  1. Invited Keynote Speaker: “Are Disability Laws Really Working? The Duty to Accommodate and Disability Rights in Canada and the United States.” A paper presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, hosted by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Oahu, April 23-27, 2016.
  2. Conference Organizer: “Everyday Ethics in Mental Health and Substance Use.” 8th Annual JEMH Conference on Ethics in Mental Health, hosted by the JEMH (Journal of Ethics in Mental Health) at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, June 2-3, 2016.
  3. “Access to Justice and Culturally Appropriate Treatment: Refugee Mental Health.” A paper presented at the 8th Annual JEMH Conference on Ethics in Mental Health, hosted by the JEMH (Journal of Ethics in Mental Health) at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, June 2-3, 2016.
  4. “TRU Community Legal Clinic – Now and Into the Future.” (co-presented with Ted Murray). A Continuing Professional Development Workshop (CPD) presentation for the Canadian Bar Association: Criminal Justice and Family Law Kamloops Joint Section Meeting at the Kamloops Law Courts in Kamloops, British Columbia, July 5, 2016.
  5. “Creating Accessible Science Laboratories.” (co-presented with Dr. Dipesh Prema). A paper presented at the 12th Annual Teaching Practices Colloquium entitled, “Building Connections, Strengthening Relationships: The Art and Science of Teaching” hosted by Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Fe. 15, 2016.
  6. “The Challenges of Implementing a New Clinical Legal Education Program: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” A paper presented at the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education Conference entitled, “The Place of Clinical Legal Education” hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 23-24, 2015.
  7. "Creating a Cultural Analysis Tool for the Implementation of Ontario's Civil Mental Health Laws," A paper presented at the 34th Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, hosted by Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria, July 12-17, 2015.
  8. "Incorporating Therapeutic Jurisprudence Across the Law Curriculum: Development of a Mental Health Research Centre.” (co-presented with Prof. Margaret Hall). A paper presented at the 34th Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, hosted by Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria, July 12-17, 2015.
  9. "Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Canada’s New Refugee Determination System: Addressing the Plight of Refugees with Mental Health Disabilities.” A paper to be presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, hosted by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Oahu, May 18-22, 2015.
  10. Confronting the “Otherness” of Criminal Justice: A Critique of Mental Health Courts in Canada and the United States.” A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association entitled, “Law and Inequities: Global and Local” in Minneapolis, Minn., May 29 - 31, 2014.
  11. "Creating a Mental Health Research Centre" (co-presented with Prof. Margaret Hall). A paper presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, hosted by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Oahu, May 18-20, 2014.
  12. "Advocacy on the Ground: Addressing Barriers for Persons with Mental Health Disabilities " (co-presented with Prof. Margaret Hall). A paper presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, hosted by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Oahu, May 18-20, 2014.
  13. "Reflections on Socio-Legal Methodology: Creating Legislative Evaluative Tools for Mental Health Legislation." A paper presented at the 33rd Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 14-19, 2013.
  14. "Advocating for Change: Using Legal Tools to Address the Mental Health of Canada’s Refugees." A paper presented with Prof. Robert Diab at the 33rd Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 14-19, 2013.
  15. "Re-Defining Mental Health Law: A Critique of the Creation and Use of Legislative Evaluative Tools." A paper presented to the Canadian Law and Society Conference at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, July 1-4, 2013.
  16. Invited Keynote Speaker: "Auditing Mental Health Law: Culture, Mental Health Disability and Criminal Justice." A paper presented at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law during the LawAbility and UVic Faculty of Law Speaker Series held in Victoria, British Columbia, Nov. 29, 2012.
  17. Invited Keynote Speaker: "Representing Clients with Mental Health Disabilities in Civil and Criminal Matters." A paper presented to the Kamloops Bar Association at the BC Courthouse Library in Kamloops, British Columbia, Nov. 15, 2012.
  18. "Mental Health Tribunals and The Social Model of Disability: Conceptual and Practical Quandaries." A paper presented at the Canadian Law and Society Association Panel during the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences held in Waterloo, Ontario, May 27–29, 2012.
  19. "Reconceptualizing the Social Model of Disability: Culture, Identity and Mental Health Law." A paper presented at the International Conference on Law and Society held in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 5–8, 2012.
  20. "Theoretical Quandaries: Creating A Cultural Analysis Tool for the Administration of Ontario's Mental Health Laws." A paper presented at the Association for Transnational Law Schools Agora Program 2011 held in Bilbao, Spain, June 20-30, 2011.
  21. "Colliding Intersections: Race, Culture and Mental Health Law." A paper presented at the Canadian Law and Society Association Panel during the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 29-31, 2011.
  22. "Striving for Change: Addressing Equity, Race and Culture in Mental Health Law." A paper presented at the Annual Osgoode Hall Graduate Law Students’ Association Conference held in Toronto, Ontario, May 9-10, 2011.
  23. "Mental Health Law and Policy Training." A training workshop presented to the lawyers and staff at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario in Toronto, Jan. 20., 2011.
  24. "A New Model for Medical Malpractice Law." A presentation for the Waseda Transnational Law Program held in Tokyo, Japan, March 6-14, 2010.
  25. "Auditing Mental Health Legislation: International Perspectives." A paper presented at the American Society for Disability Studies held in Philadelphia, June 2-5, 2010.
  26. "International Human Rights and Mental Health Law." A paper presented at the Research Matters Symposium on Human Rights, International Law and Global Health Policy held at York University, Toronto, April 19, 2010.
  27. "Interdisciplinary Research in Health Law." A workshop organized and presented at the National Health Law Conference held in Montreal, Oct. 1-3, 2010.
  28. "Challenging Exclusion: A Critique of the Legal Barriers Faced by Ethno-Racial Psychiatric Consumer/Survivors in Ontario." A paper based on research for my LL.M thesis. This was presented at the CIHR Training Program in Health Law and Policy, 7th Annual Colloquium held in Halifax, May 4-5, 2009.
  29. "Challenging Exclusion: A Critique of the Legal Barriers Faced by Ethno-Racial Psychiatric Consumer/Survivors in Ontario." A paper based on research for my LL.M. thesis. This was presented at the Canadian Law and Society Association Panel and the Canadian Disability Studies Association Panel during the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences held in Ottawa, May 23-26, 2009.
  30. "Advocacy and Human Rights: Diverse Approaches for Environmental Sustainability." A workshop co-presented with Soni Dasmopatra at the "We are Many Festival" held in Saskatoon, Sask., Aug. 22-24, 2008.
  31. "SAARC: Moving Towards Cooperative Security." A paper presented at the CANCAPS conference held in Ottawa, Dec. 2-4, 2005.
  32. "The Outer Limits of the Duty to Accommodate: Accommodating Mental Disabilities in the Workplace." A paper presented at the Toronto Mental Health Coalition Workshop held in Toronto, Sept. 27, 2007.
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Ruby Dhand
Contact

Office:
OM 4773
Email:
rdhand@tru.ca
Phone:
778-471-8457

Courses
  • Community Lawyering
    (LAW 3782)
  • Health Law
    (LAWF 3660)
  • Human Rights
    (LAWF 3730)