After half a decade of hard work, just weeks before her PhD thesis defence, Lilou Jiang’s world was turned upside down. With the COVID-19 pandemic necessitating social isolation, in a matter of days she faced the possibility that her defence would be indefinitely postponed. Through exceptional thoughtfulness, determination and creativity, the Faculty of Law’s Graduate Studies in Law Office managed, in short order, to arrange an entirely virtual defence – the first ever entirely virtual thesis defence for a PhD in Law at the University of Ottawa – perhaps among the first such defences anywhere.
We are pleased to announce that the promotion of Professors Wolfgang Alschner, Yan Campagnolo, Aimée Craft and Florian Martin-Bariteau to the rank of associate professor with tenure has been approved, effective May 1, 2020.
The Joint Committee has also approved the promotion of Professors Natasha Bakht, Nathalie Chalifour and Heather McLeod-Kilmurray to the rank of full professor, effective May 1, 2020
Congratulations to uOttawa Faculty of Law alumna Camille Nelson (LLB ’94) on her appointment as the next Dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law, effective August 1, 2020.
In an era of water scarcity and resource disputes, it is imperative that obligations and responsibilities relating to lands and waters are fully understood. In Ontario, relationships between the Crown and Indigenous Nations regarding lands and waters are tenuous. Professor Aimée Craft, whose research explores the changing legal landscape of Indigenous water governance, has received an Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade to further study and advance these relationships.
As the competition had to be cancelled in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the organizers decided to recognize the efforts of the students by continuing to the evaluation of the factums and awarding the prizes for best factums.