Solving climate change is, in a word, complex. Google those three words, “solving climate change,” and you’ll turn up thousands of opinions, strategies and blueprints for how to best tackle the problem. While it’s encouraging to see such a wealth of proposed solutions, we can’t simply implement them all at once. What if solving a problem in one area of the world causes a different problem in another? Do we risk causing unknown harms to the environment in our attempts to solve known problems?
Common Law’s Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, Director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, has received an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a project entitled “Les secrets et les lanceurs d'alerte dans un monde numérique” (“Secrets and Whistleblowers in a Digital World”), which will explore the tensions between protecting both confidential information, and whistleblowers who act in the public interest.
Congratulations to faculty members who received Insight Development Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Professor Wolfgang Alschner received funding for his project “Multilateralizing ‘WTO-extra’ Issues: A Computational Analysis of Rule Convergence in Preferential Trade Agreements”; Professor Florian Martin-Bariteau received a grant for his project “Les secrets et les lanceurs d'alerte dans un monde numérique”; and Professor João Velloso received funding for his project “Sentence severity and deportation: mapping criminality and collateral consequences of punishment at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada”.
A new project led by Queen’s Professor of Education Lee Airton and Common Law’s Professor Kyle Kirkup was featured today at a national press conference presided over by Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan. The project looks at how Ontario's newest human rights terms – gender identity and gender expressions – are being interpreted by school boards across the province.
Two graduate students currently engaged in doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law, Siobhán Airey and Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny, were recently profiled in the Ottawa Citizen. The article highlights how their work, and valuable support from the Faculty of Law, has brought them to the front lines of social justice.
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 cannabis law, engage with international perspectives on subjects like the regulation of new technologies, and learn from an impressive roster of experts offering the latest insight on legal issues in fields ranging from military criminal law to sports law.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the call for nominations for the Common Law Section’s Internal Awards for 2018-2019. The nomination process is outlined below. Please consider nominating your professors and colleagues!