Shaheen Shariff, McGill University

Associate Professor Integrated Studies in Education Montreal, Quebec shaheen.shariff@mcgill.ca Office: (514) 398-5396

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Shaheen Shariff, Ph.D., Department of Integrated Studies, Faculty of Education, McGill University: Dr. Shariff is an Associate Professor and international expert on legal issues that have emerged in relation to on-line social communications such as cyber-bullying, free expression, privacy, libel ...

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Shaheen Shariff, Ph.D., Department of Integrated Studies, Faculty of Education, McGill University: Dr. Shariff is an Associate Professor and international expert on legal issues that have emerged in relation to on-line social communications such as cyber-bullying, free expression, privacy, libel and criminal harassment. Her research and teaching are grounded in the study of law as it impacts educational policy, pedagogy and practice. Specifically, her work addresses the emerging policy vacuum on legal and ethical limits of on-line expression, the tendency of policy makers to react and over-regulate as opposed to the need for increased education, dialogue and awareness about the limits of free expression in virtual society.

Her work identifies limits on student free expression in school and cyber-space – such as the line between joking and cyber-threats; privacy rights, cyber-safety, cyber-libel; and school supervision. She has developed guidelines for school administrators, teachers and parents regarding the extent of their legal responsibilities to address cyber-bullying in various contexts. Her work also focuses on human rights, constitutional and tort law as they inform institutional responsibilities to provide safe and productive school and work environments; censorship and diversity in schools. She was invited to participate on a United Nations panel on cyber-hate chaired by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and has served on an international advisory committee working with UNESCO and CIDA and the International Institute for Educational Planning to develop a toolkit for use globally in drafting Teacher Codes of Conduct. She was also recently a panelist with the (US) First Amendment Center’s online symposium which featured her scholarship on the legal implications for educational institutions in relation to policy issues around cyber-bullying.


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