Adelina Iftene

Assistant Professor of Law


Email: aiftene@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1296
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

Education

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

Teaching

  • LAWS 1001: Criminal Law 
  • LAWS 2008: Evidence 
  • LAWS 2276: Imprisonment and Prison Policy 

Areas of supervision: Criminal Justice, Sentencing, Prison Law

Research interests

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

Selected publications

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

Grants

  • 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