Call for papers

Conference to Mark the Retirement of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
April 10-11, 2018

To mark the retirement of the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law will hold a two-day conference examining the Chief Justice’s influence on law and on the administration of justice.

Chief Justice McLachlin was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989 and ascended to the position of Chief Justice in 2000. She is the longest serving and the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In her 28 years on the Court, Chief Justice McLachlin has made a significant impact on Canadian law, authoring decisions in virtually every area of the law, from criminal and constitutional law to Aboriginal law, family law, and the law of torts. Chief Justice McLachlin has also left her imprint on the Supreme Court as an institution and on the administration of justice in Canada.

Paper proposals in either French or English are sought from judges, lawyers, and academics on an aspect or aspects of Chief Justice McLachlin’s legacy. Paper proposals should not exceed 500 words.

Accepted papers will be organized into thematic panels. Papers may be eligible for publication in an edited volume, subject to successful peer review.
Please send your proposal to Vanessa MacDonnell ( by Monday, November 6, 2017.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Professor Vanessa Gruben, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Professor Vanessa MacDonnell, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Mr. Owen Rees, Conway Baxter Wilson LLP, former Executive Legal Officer to Chief Justice McLachlin

Conference Advisory Group:

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
Lady Brenda Hale, President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
The Honourable Justice Robert Sharpe, Ontario Court of Appeal
President Jacques Frémont, University of Ottawa
Dean Catherine Dauvergne, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

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