The R.D.S. case is one of Canada's most significant race cases. It marked the first time in the 122-year history of the Supreme Court that Canada’s top judges had been asked to adjudicate a complaint of racial bias against a judge. Professor Constance Backhouse has earned an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to undertake a full-scale assessment of the R.D.S. case and its significance for the Canadian legal system.
Stateless persons are defined under international law as those who are not recognized as nationals of any country. In the case of stateless communities in Malaysia, the country’s history of British colonial rule has shaped contemporary legal, social and cultural understandings of who are members of the state. Professor Jamie Liew has earned an Insight grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to fund the first in-depth study of the historical and institutional roots of statelessness in Malaysia.
The Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario (L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario) will bestow the Order of Merit on Common Law Part-Time Professor Caroline Thibault. during its 41st annual conference, to be held virtually from June 22 to June 24, 2021.
The ELLA's Accelerator program, Ascend 2021, has selected Erin Cowling, LL.B ’04, based on the success of her recently-founded freelance law firm, Flex Legal, and the leadership she demonstrated as the Common Law Section’s Regional Alumni Advisor in Toronto.
Penny Collenette, LLB ’91, co-chaired the Advisory Committee of the Prosperity Project which recently called for a nation-wide childcare system. The Project penned an open letter to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, six other federal ministers and Opposition Leaders, signed by public policy and business leaders from across the country.
The Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law grieves with Muslim communities from coast to coast following the devastating and targeted attack against a family doing the most human of things – taking a walk through their neighbourhood after dinner. We cannot imagine the pain and the fear felt at this moment by Muslim members of our Common Law community. To our Muslim colleagues, students, alumni, and friends: we stand together with you.