FEBRUARY 24, 2021 - Working for Human Rights Series with Samantha Peters

Working for Human Rights Series

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to invite you to the virtual event:

Working for Human Rights Series
with Samantha Peters

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre

Event in English. | Free and open to all.
RSVP required to receive the link: HRREC@uOttawa.ca.

This series is an opportunity for students, alumni and any other person interested in Human Rights to hear about notable practitioners who will share their professional experience with them. Participants will have the chance to ask them questions on their career path via the Q&A!


  • Samantha PETERS, J.D., M.A. | Black Legal Mentor in Residence, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, uOttawa
Samantha Peters

Photo credit: Charu Sharma

Samantha Peters (she/her/hers) is a lawyer, writer and educator, whose work focuses on labour, employment and human rights law. Samantha completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Equity Studies, Political Science and French, her graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, and is an alumna of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law with specializations in Public Law and Dispute Resolution and Professionalism.

Samantha completed her articles of clerkship in a bilingual capacity (French and English) at a national union in Ottawa, Ontario where she represented workers across Canada in industries such as social services, emergency services and education. Following the completion of her articles, Samantha took a hiatus from the practice of law to engage in work at the intersection of law, education and policy, ranging from law reform initiatives to legal education to legislative research including as an Education and Social Policy Researcher at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. She is called to both the bar of Alberta and Ontario.

Samantha is the first-ever Black Legal Mentor-in-Residence/Mentor Juridique pour la Communauté Noire at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, is the National Vice-President of Equity and Anti-Oppression for the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, and has been appointed to the City of Toronto’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) Council Advisory Body where she provides advice to City staff and City Council on identified priority issues to support the elimination of barriers and inequities experienced by LGBTQ2S+ communities in accessing City of Toronto programs and services.

Samantha also conducts anti-oppression training and anti-Black racism training for unions, law schools and feminist organizations.

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