Foreword – Digital Companion Volume III

Dean Christopher Waters

I am grateful to the editors of the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues (WRLSI) for the invitation to write this foreword. As I write, the effect of US President Trump’s executive order banning citizens of 7 Muslim-majority states is being felt around the world, including in Windsor, a border city with deep, historic ties across the Detroit River. A comity and rules-based approach to continental and international affairs is unquestionably under fire. One of the articles in this fine Digital Companion to the WRLSI, “After Paris: A New Era of Securitization of US & Canadian Refugee and Immigration Policy” directly interrogates this threat to the rule of law in global affairs from a “securitization” agenda rooted in fear and ignorance. Other articles examine transnational legal issues in the context of trade and illegal wildlife trade. Closer to home, two articles take education as a site to examine how the regulatory state addresses collective bargaining and mental health. Each of these pieces, written by students and edited by students, give me hope that critical thinking and careful, deliberate research and communication will continue to challenge fear, ignorance, and decision-making unmoored from evidence in international and domestic affairs.

Christopher Waters
Windsor Law