Caroline Dick

Associate Professor

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Ph.D., Queen's University; LLB University of Western Ontario
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85167
Office: Social Science Centre 4088

Research Interests

Professor Dick’s research interests revolve around the intersection of law and politics with an emphasis on the political and legal construction of minority social groups and Aboriginal peoples in Canada. 

Current Research Projects

Professor Dick’s current research focuses on the Canadian judiciary.  One project examines the role of the Canadian Judicial Council in perpetuating sexism in the legal realm through its handling of judicial misconduct complaints.  A second project centres on judicial education and sensitivity training to address sexism in the legal realm.  The more specific focus of this project is judicial resistance to sensitivity training on the basis that it violates the principle of judicial impartiality.

Selected Publications


  • 2011:Caroline Dick, The Perils of Identity: Group Rights and the Politics of Intragroup Difference, Vancouver: UBC Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2017: Christopher Alcantara and Caroline Dick, “Decolonization in a Digital Age: Cryptocurrencies and Indigenous Self-Determination in Canada. Canadian Journal of Law and Society 32, no. 1: 19-35.
  • 2011: Caroline Dick, “A Tale of Two Cultures: Intimate Femicide, Cultural Defences, and the Law of Provocation,” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 23, no. 2: 519-47.
  • 2009: Caroline Dick, “‘Culture and the Courts’ Revisited: Group-Rights Scholarship and the Evolution of s.35(1),” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42, 4: 957-979.
  • 2008: Kiera L. Ladner and Caroline Dick. “Out of the Fires of Hell: Globalization as a Solution to Globalization – An Indigenist Perspective,” Canadian Journal of Law and Society 23: 63-91.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2011; 2008; 2007: Recipient of the University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll for excellence in teaching.
  • 2010: Finalist for the CPSA’s Jill Vickers Prize for the best paper on gender and politics presented at the 2009 CPSA conference.
  • 2009-2010: Member of the CPSA’s Executive Committee.
  • 2009-2010: Member of the CPSA’s Committee on Professional Ethics struck to investigate and report on the advisability of the Association adopting a professional code of ethics.
  • 2008-2010: Member of the CPSA’s Board of Directors.      
  • 2007: Finalist for the CPSA’s John McMenemy Prize for the best article to appear in the Canadian Journal of Political Science in 2006.