Julie Macfarlane

Julie Macfarlane

Professor Julie Macfarlane is a Canadian law professor who has spent her career researching, writing about and advocating for access to justice. She is Director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, and now Emerita Distinguished University Professor at the University of Windsor. Julie has researched and written on the legal system and the role of lawyers (The New Lawyer : How Clients are Transforming the Practice of Law 2nd edition, UBC Press 2017) and misperceptions of and prejudice towards Muslim communities in North America (Islamic Divorce in North America : Choosing a Shari’a Path in a Secular Society (OUP 2012). Her new book (Going Public: a Survivor’s Journey from Grief to Action Between the Lines Press, 2020) describes her personal experiences of sexual violence and her efforts to use the legal system for change. Most recently, Julie has been campaigning internationally (with Zelda Perkins) to end the widespread use of non-disclosure agreements or NDAs. Julie’s work has been recognized with a number of honours, including the Order of Canada (2020), named as one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers (2017), the David Mundell Medal for Legal Writing (2016), and the first-ever Canadian recipient of the International Academy of Mediators Award of Excellence (2005). 


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Articles and Video:

The Ethics of NDAs in Mediation and Arbitration (03/18/22)
This video and article look at important NDA questions for dispute resolution professionals to consider.

Why Mediators Need to Stop and Think Hard about Facilitating NDAs in Settlement Agreements (08/10/21)
. . . An agreement seems to be emerging, to the relief of the plaintiff whose human rights complaint against the defendant employer has been dragging on for months. . .