Assistant Professor of Law, Associate Director of the Health Law Institute
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
- Prison Law & Prisoners’ Rights
- Criminal Law & Criminal Justice
- Charter Rights
- LLB (Romania)
- LLB Accreditation (Canadian Federation of Law Societies, NCA)
- LLM (Queen's)
- PhD (Queen's)
- LAWS 1001: Criminal Law
- LAWS 2008: Evidence
- LAWS 2276: Imprisonment and Prison Policy
Areas of supervision: Criminal Justice, Sentencing, Prison Law
Adelina's 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. Adelina's past, current and upcoming major research projects investigate issues surrounding aging in Canadian penitentiaries; the regulation of health care provision in prisons; the regulation of end of life and medical assistance in dying in prisons; prison release mechanisms, in particular compassionate release; access to justice behind bars; and sentencing of older and sick individuals. The direction for Adelina's research is often inspired by the students she works with, as well as by the stories of the incarcerated individuals she encounters, both as a researcher and as a prison volunteer. Her monograph, "Punished for Aging: Vulnerability, Rights, and Access to Justice in Canadian Penitentiaries" (University of Toronto Press, August 2019) can be found here: https://utorontopress.com/ca/punished-for-aging-3
Selected awards & honours
- 2019: Hanna & Harold Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year
- 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
- Adelina Iftene, Punishment for Aging: Older Federal Prisoners and the Challenge to the Canadian Correctional and Legal Landscape (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, expected 2018)
- Adelina Iftene, "The Case for a New Compassionate Release Statutory Provision" (2017) 54:4 Alta L Rev 929.
- Adelina Iftene, "The Pains of Incarceration: Aging, Rights, and Policy in Federal Penitentiaries" (2017) 59:1 Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
- Adelina Iftene, "Unlocking the Doors to Canadian Older Inmate Mental Health Data: Rates and Potential Legal Responses" (2016) 47 International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 36.
- Adelina Iftene, "The Hart of the (Mr.) Big Problem" (2016) 63 Criminal Law Quarterly 151.
- Adelina Iftene, Lynne Hansen & Allan Manson, "Tort Claims and Canadian Prisoners" (2014) 39:2 Queen’s Law Journal 655.
- Adelina Iftene & Allan Manson, "Recent Crime Legislation: The Challenge for Prison Health Care" (2012) 185:10 Canadian Medical Association Journal, doi: 10.1503/cmaj.120222.
- Adelina Iftene & Nicolae Pasca, "The Religious Foundations of the Protection of the Right to Life" (2011) 8:6 US-China Law Review 511.
Service & activity
- 2018-present: Executive Board Member, Canadian Association of Prison Lawyers
- 2018-present: Member on the Graduate Studies and Research Committees, 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
- 2015-2017: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada
- 2012-2015: Armand Bombardier Canadian Scholarship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada