Karen Busby has been with the Faculty since 1988, and she was the founding Director of the Centre for Human Rights Research. She has a J.D. (Manitoba, 1981) and LL.M. (Columbia, 1988). She was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1982 and she practiced for a year with Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman. After studying in France for a year, she was the first clerk with the Federal Court of Appeal (1984-87).
Professor Karen Busby’s research and teaching interests include gender-based violence (GBV), constitutional law, in particular human rights and equality law, civil procedure and administrative law. The GVB and equality law research is action-oriented, inter-disciplinary and collaborative; civil procedure research involves conventional legal scholarship (a fastidiously technical pursuit); and administrative law marries law and politics. Her research is also directed at diverse audiences including equality theorists (legal and non-legal); students in different disciplines (Law and Women’s Studies); practitioners; judges across Canada and the grassroots women’s movement.
"Professor Busby …makes every effort to be accessible to her students and has made things easier for us during these incredibly difficult times. My learning experience with her has been excellent and I feel very supported in my learning."
“Phenomenal professor. Really cares about students and goes out of her way to make students comfortable and that they can reach out for help.”
“She is the most warm, kind, knowledgeable professor I’ve had this year. She is clearly passionate about her subject and this really enhances the delivery of her course.”
“Fantastic professor! Professor Busby is very thorough in her explanations and makes a very difficult subject understandable.
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Professor Busby has a long history of involvement in national equality-seeking organizations including the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and Egale Canada. She has also served on the boards of various visual arts organizations including the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She gives about 30 media interviews a year. She was on the federal Advisory Committee on the Framework to Prevent and Address GBV [Gender Based Violence] at Post-Secondary Institutions (2018 - 2020). Currently she is a member of the Complaints Process Community Practice with Courage to Act. She and Joanna Birenbaum have been delivering workshops on various aspects of campus sexual violence policies.