This January, the Common Law Section is welcoming an extraordinary group of visiting professors from within the community and around the world to take part in the law school’s annual January Term tradition. Students and professors alike will have the opportunity to explore timely topics like sports law, engage with international perspectives and learn from an impressive roster of experts offering the latest insight on legal issues.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the call for nominations for the Common Law Section’s Internal Awards for 2019-2020. Nominations must be sent to Penelope Simons (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 21, 2020. Please consider nominating your professors and colleagues!
We are proud to report that the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law is among the 100 best law schools in the world! According to Times Higher Education’s 2020 World University Rankings, the Faculty places 92nd out of 190 universities worldwide and 5th out of all Canadian law schools. This is an excellent achievement!
Over 180 first year students in the English Program participated in the annual Nelligan Moot November 9-11, 2019. The preliminary rounds occurred on Saturday November 9th where teams of two appellant counsel faced off against two respondent counsel in 46 hearings adjudicated by 72 volunteer judges consisting of members of the Nelligan firm, Ottawa bar, Nelligan moot alumni and other upper year students.
Exposure to multiple modes of problem-solving is essential for developing creative legal minds of the future that are capable of responding to the growing complexities and non-traditional problems we will face throughout our careers.
On November 19th and 21st, 2019, Faculty of Law students had the opportunity to sit in on two federal immigration court hearings. Both hearings were held in the Ian G. Scott courtroom. Students, guest lecturer Laila Demirdache, LLB 1997 and LLL 1998, and professors watched the proceedings behind the soundproof glass wall in the adjoining classroom.
The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section would like to congratulate Ahmed Hussen (JD 2011), Angelo Iacono (LLB 2000), Paul Lefebvre (LLB 1999) and David McGuinty (LLB 1986), on preserving their seats in the October 2019 Federal Election.
Through her scholarly interest is in the intersection of religious freedom and women’s equality, Professor Natasha Bakht has distinguished herself across a range of important legal areas that affect religious minorities and racialized people. In recognition of the impact of her work on South Asian communities, the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) has awarded Professor Bakht its 2019 Legal Excellence Award.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to significantly transform the practice of medicine, assisting and in some circumstance substituting for humans as medical service providers and expert decision-makers. Dr. Colleen Flood has plans to explore how AI can equitably and efficiently be adopted into the Canadian health care system. This research will form the basis of the second term of her University Research Chair (URC) in Health Law and Policy, which, as announced by the University of Ottawa, has been renewed for a period of 5 years.