LL.B. Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Katie is a second year student in the English
Common Law program at the University of Ottawa. She went to
law school after obtaining her Honours B.Sc in zoology and psychology
from the University of Toronto. During her B.Sc, she balanced her
avid participation in student politics and varsity rowing with her
academic exploration of spatial learning in animals and the
discriminatory effects of normative-based education policy on Ontario’s
disabled. Katie has had an ongoing interest in how government
funding initiatives employ and thereby reinforce cultural, racial and
social stereotypes and the rational used by government to justify their
employment. Most of her research to date has involved an
exploration of the prevalence and impact of such classification systems
in such contexts as education funding for disabled students in public
schools and universities, funding programs for battered women’s
services and the re-identification of birth mothers in adoption
records. This interest is reflected in her current research on the
human rights implications of Canada’s no-fly list. At present, she is
working on a paper which explores issues that lie at the interface of
national security, current surveillance technology and racial
profiling. She is also conducting ongoing research on how the
structures of battered women’s support programs influence personal
identity and how human enhancement technologies are shifting our
normative concept of ability. In the fall, she will be starting
comparative research on the consent gathering processes used for organ
donation in Canada and purchase in the U.S. She will focus specifically
on the influence of soft paternalism and cognitive factors within these
The human rights implications of Canada’s no-fly list: national
security, current surveillance technology, racial profiling and
The effects of battered women’s support programs on personal identity.
The effects of human enhancement technologies on our concept of ability: without enhancements, are we all going to be disabled?
How soft paternalism, soft surveillance and cognitive factors influence the consent-gathering process.
The impact of opening up Ontario’s adoption records on women’s reproductive autonomy.
Black, "Excuse me, are you a threat to aviation security?
Canada's No-Fly List" (August 2007), 8(1) The OBA Privacy Law Review:
Eye on Privacy, Privacy Law Section
Ian Kerr, Jennifer Barrigar, Jacquelyn Burkell, & Katie Black, “Soft Surveillance, Hard Consent” (May 2006), 6(3) Ontario Bar Association Privacy Law Section News Letter.
Patricia Wall, Laura Botly, Katie Black, Sarah Shettleworth,
“The geometric module in the rat: independence of shape and feature
learning in a food finding task” (2004) 32(3) Learning and Behavior 289-98.
.:id trail mix:.
Excuse me, are you a threat to aviation security? Canada’s no-fly list