Adelina Iftene

Assistant Professor of Law

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Related information

Mailing Address: 
Room 427, Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Prison Law & Prisoners’ Rights
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Justice
  • Sentencing
  • Evidence
  • Charter Rights


  • LLB (Romania)
  • LLB Accreditation (Canadian Federation of Law Societies, NCA)
  • LLM (Queen's)
  • PhD (Queen's)


Areas of supervision: Criminal Justice, Sentencing, Prison Law

Research interests

My research is highly interdisciplinary and aims at answering questions arising in the area of criminal justice by utilizing empirical social science (both quantitative and qualitative), as well as legal comparative, feminist, and doctrinal methodologies. My biggest project to date, looking into the aging of the federal prison population and its legal consequences, is currently under publication, as a monograph, with University of Toronto Press. My current and upcoming major research projects investigate issues surrounding the sentencing of older individuals and historic crimes, reform of parole boards in Canada, and the identification of the civil legal needs of prisoners. The direction for my research is often inspired by the students I work with, as well as by the stories of the incarcerated individuals I encounter, both as a researcher and as a prison volunteer.  

Selected awards & honours

  • 2015-17: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada
  • 2012-15: Armand Bombardier Canadian Scholarship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada
  • 2011: Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • 2010-11: Law Foundation Grant, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law
  • 2010: Queen’s Graduate Award, Queen’s University, School of Graduate Studies

Selected publications

Service & activity

  • 2017 - present: Secretary, Board of Directors, Canadian Association of Prison Lawyers
  • 2017 - present: Secretary, Faculty Council, Schulich School of Law
  • 2017 - present: Member of the Prison Law Advisory Committee, Legal Aid Ontario
  • 2016 - present: Prison book club facilitator, Book Club for Inmates
  • 2016 - present: Member, Canadian Law and Society Association