On October 11th, 2019, uOttawa Common Law - Ecojustice Clinic successfully held the Ontario government accountable for breaching Ontarians’ environmental rights: Two of three judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that the Ontario government acted illegally when it killed the province’s cap-and-trade carbon price without doing public consultation with Ontarians as required by the Environmental Bill of Rights.
Professors Michael Geist and Vanessa Gruben have been awarded Insight Grants by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for projects that each seek to fill a research void: Professor Geist will investigate new ways Canada can protect freedom of expression while addressing risks of online harm; while Professor Gruben will develop the first empirical research on the perspectives of women who have acted as surrogates in Canada.
Professor Michael Pal has been awarded an Insight Development Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a project entitled “The Guardians of Democracy: The Comparative Constitutional Law of Election Commissions”.
Common Law Professor Delphine Nakache is a co-researcher in a €3 million Horizon 2020 research project entitled: "Vulnerabilities Under the Global Protection Regime: How Does the Law Assess, Address, Shape and Produce the Vulnerabilities of Protection Seekers?” (VULNER).
Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Dean and Full Professor in the Civil Law Section, and João Velloso, Assistant Professor in the Common Law Section, have been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant to fund the semi-annual conference of the Canadian Law and Society Association, which will take place at the University of Ottawa on October 18 and 19, 2019.
Professor François Larocque has been awarded the prestigious Ordre des francophones d'Amérique by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française for his contributions to the preservation of the French language in North America. He was selected as the 2019 representative for Ontario.
On September 26, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada sat in Winnipeg to hear the appeal in the case of Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of British Columbia, et al. The CSFCB case saw the participation of no less than thirteen graduates, professors or friends of the French Common Law Program
2019 was a very successful year for many of our graduate students. A total of 11 students were awarded external scholarships, for a cumulative total of over $400,000 of research funding. According to our scholars, obtaining a scholarship means a variety of things, from recognition, safety and joy, to production, validation and freedom. While certainly not the only indicator of success, these scholarships offer significant motivation for students undertaking research projects.