Professor Samuel Singer served as a co-plaintiff in a human rights challenge that recently won a historic victory for the rights of trans and non-binary individuals. Justice Gregory Moore of the Superior Court of Quebec ruled that several articles of the Civil Code of Quebec discriminate against trans and non-binary people, depriving them of their dignity and equality.
The Common Law Section is pleased to announce the creation of the Common Law Section Students Community Enhancement and Anti-Racism Action Fund to support community enhancement initiatives stewarded by students from Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities. The Fund will also support students engaged in the development and implementation of projects, partnerships or events that promote anti-racism initiatives at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.
Professor Aimée Craft has been awarded the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award, which recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession and to the public life of Canada. Professor Craft is one of two honorees for this year’s President’s Award; the other recipient is Professor John Borrows, the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. With this exceptional honour, Professor Craft and Professor Borrows join the prestigious ranks of past recipients which include former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin and former Senator Murray Sinclair, among many other luminaries of Canadian law.
The Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa is launching new entrance scholarships for Black law students.
These scholarships will provide $10,000 to up to five entering Black law students each year. The scholarships will be renewable for $5,000 in each of the second and third year of law school for a total value of $20,000 for each student.
Professor Vivek Krishnamurthy has earned a grant from Global Affairs Canada for a project entitled “Media Freedom in an Algorithmic Age: Perils and Possibilities”, which examines the implications of algorithmic systems and other emerging digital technologies for media freedom.