Esmeralda M A Thornhill

Professor of Law


Schulich School of Law

Contact information

Email: esmeralda.thornhill@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2967
Mailing Address: 
Room 426, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:  Critical theory, Discrimination, Legal history, Employment discrimination law, Race relations, Race and the law

 

Education

  • BA Hons (McGill)
  • MA (l'Université de Montréal)
  • Dip Ed (McGill)
  • LLB (UQAM)
  • Dip Int'l and Comp. Law (U of San Diego, Paris, France)
  • LLD (Hon. - CUNY)
  • LLD (Hon. - Concordia)

 

Bar admissions

  • Quebec, 1987
  • Nova Scotia, 1998

Teaching

Professor Thornhill conceptualized, developed and taught the first Canadian university accredited course in Black Women's Studies, Black Women: The Missing Pages from Canadian Women's Studies, (Concordia University, 1983 & 1988), and served as a Faculty member of the Canadian Law Teaching Clinic 1993, 1994. Has taught in FASS (Arts and Social Sciences) holding cross appointments in  Canadian, Gender, Russian  and Graduate Studies.

  • Critical Race and Legal Theory I (LAWS 2194)
  • Human Rights Law & Protection in Canada (LAWS 2195)
  • International Human Rights Law(LAWS 2074)
  • Introduction to Property: A Critical Approach (Pre-LAW)
  • Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility (LAWS 2099)
  • Orientation to Law: The Implications of ‘Race’ and Culture for Legal Education and the Legal Profession (LAWS 1002)

Research interests

Professor Thornhill has researched, written, and lectured widely on the "material reality" of Racism in Law, Education, and Public Services to legal, academic, government, public, and grassroots audiences. Her research interests include International Human Rights Law, Human rights Law and Protection in Canada, International Development, Critical Race and Legal Theory, Critical Race Pedagogy,  "Material Reality" of Racism,  Cumulative Impact and Proof of Discrimination, Intersectionality Theory, Afrocentric Theory, Black History, Black Women’s Studies, Anti-Racism Training and Administrative Law.

Selected awards and honours

  • 2012: First McGill O’Brien Fellow in Residence
  • 2006 - 2007: Traditional Canada-US Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Temple University, Philadelphia
  • 1997 - Honorary Doctor of Laws (Concordia)
  • 1996 - Honorary Doctor of Laws (CUNY)
  • 1996 - 2002: First James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies
  • Profiled in: The Niagara Black History Association's 2008 Black History Calendar, Who's Who In Black Canada 2006, 2002; Those 350 Women Who Built Montreal; L'Agenda des femmes du Québec; 100 Outstanding Black Canadians
  • 1992 Recipient of Quebec Woman of the Year Award for Humanitarian and Social Action

Grants

  • 2006-07 Fulbright Foundation Traditional Award
  • 2005 US State Department

Selected publications

  • E. Thornhill (Editor). Blacks in Canada: Retrospects, Introspects, Prospects. An unprecedented special thematic issue of the Journal of Black Studies on Blacks in Canada. Vol.38, No.3, January 2008
  • E. Thornhill. Racism and the Black World Response International Symposium Proceedings. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University, 2002, also posted at: http://first.jamesrobinsonjohnstonchair.dal.ca/symp_proceedings.pdf
  •  E. Thornhill. Popularizing Pushkin…Globally. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University, 1999, also posted at:  http://first.jamesrobinsonjohnstonchair.dal.ca/pushkin_booklet.pdf
  • E. Thornhill, “Editor’s Introduction”  to Blacks in Canada: Retrospects, Introspects, Prospects. An unprecedented special thematic issue of the Journal of Black Studies on Blacks in Canada. Vol.38, No.3, January 2008. R
  • E. Thornhill, “So Seldom For Us, So Often Against Us: Blacks and Law in Canada” in Blacks in Canada: Retrospects, Introspects, Prospects. Flagship article for an unprecedented special thematic issue of the Journal of Black Studies on Blacks in Canada. Vol.38, No.3, January 2008. R

Service & activity

  • 2000-Present: Member of Howard University’s External Advisory Panel for the National Human Genome Centre
  • 2005: Psychiatric Facilities Review Board, and in 2007 she was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Black Studies (United States)
  • 2004-07: Board of Trustees of  the National Film Board of Canada
  • 2000-03: Board of Governors of the Nova Scotia Law Foundation
  • 1999-03: Panel of Board of Inquiry Chairs for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • 1996-00: Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Race Relations Committee
  • 1994-96: Canadian Access to Legal Education Group Executive
  • 1994: Canadian Bar Association Advisory Committee on Racism in the Legal Profession