Professor Karen Busby is the Founding Director of the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research Initiative (www.chrr.info). She is also co-editor for the Human Rights and Social Justice Series published by the University of Manitoba Press. Under the auspices of the CHRR, she has organized five academic year long seminar series: Indian Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation (2010-11, 2013-14), The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (2011-12)., the human right to water (2012-12) and sexual and reproductive rights (2014-14). Her research is animated by a commitment to social change and the desire to be an effective, accessible writer. Her contributions as an engaged researcher have been recognized through awards given by the Canadian Bar Association, the Manitoba Bar Association, the YW-YMCA (Woman of Distinction), induction into the Canadian “Q” Hall of Fame, and a nomination for the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
Karen Busby has been with the Faculty of Robson Hall Law School since 1988. 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).