The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple travelled to Canada from London in September for their 2019 Amity Tour and stopped in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. Two distinguished Canadian jurists were made honorary benchers of the Middle Temple during this tour: uOttawa grads Sheila Block LL.B. 1972 and the Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner, LL.L. 1979.
It is with pleasure we announce the appointment of Orlando Da Silva, LSM as a Wellness Mentor-in-Residence. Orlando is one of the truly great leaders in our profession. During his time as President of the Ontario Bar Association from 2014-15, Orlando made raising awareness about mental health problems in the legal profession his top priority. He spoke about his own struggles and in so doing encouraged others to come forward and seek help.
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.