Common Law Section Internal Awards, 2019-2020

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Common Law Section is pleased to announce the results of our sixth annual internal awards program.

The Office of the Vice-Dean Research established these awards to recognize the role of dedicated teaching, sustained and creative research and generous service to the community, the University and the Faculty of Law in strengthening our institution and raising our public profile.

Congratulations to our very deserving winners and to all of those who were nominated!

Here are our 2019-2020 winners:


Excellence in Teaching Awards

Yan Campagnolo, The Excellence in Teaching Award, French Common Law Program

Professor Campagnolo has distinguished himself as an educator through his diligent organization, clarity of teaching and effective pedagogical support. His teaching is the embodiment of perseverance, quality and professionalism. As part of an exceptional cohort of young French Common Law professors, the quality of Professor Campagnolo’s teaching augurs well for the coming years.

John Currie, The Excellence in Teaching Award, English Common Law Program

Professor Currie encourages excellence while embodying kindness.  He is generous with his time and expertise, providing wise counsel to those he teaches and to those with whom he works.  He is approachable, kind, funny, and generous. He is a tremendous asset to our law school.

Y.Y. Chen, The Ian Kerr Award for Excellence in Teaching
(Awarded to a pre-tenure professor in either the French Common Law Program or the English Common Law Program who has demonstrated outstanding performance in teaching.)

Professor Chen is a deeply committed teacher whose contributions to learning extend far beyond the classroom. Students praise Professor Chen for his ability to demystify complex concepts, the clarity of his teaching style, his accessibility outside of class, and his consideration and humanity.

Stéphane Émard-Chabot, The Part-Time Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching

What is particularly striking about Professor Émard-Chabot’s profile as an educator is the consistent high quality of his teaching, no matter the course. He has developed excellent pedagogical material for the first-year course CML 1611 Compétences et habiletés. His enthusiasm and his team spirit have permitted the ongoing development of this important class.

Pierre Foucher, The Award for Significant Service to Graduate Studies

During his illustrious career, Professor Foucher has worked in Quebec, Ontario, Atlantic Canada and beyond in the domain of language rights, constitutional law and theory, and administrative law. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that as our graduate program has grown, its bilingual character has remained a foundational part of how it has developed and expanded.

Teresa Scassa, The Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award

Professor Scassa’s contributions to the fields of intellectual property, privacy, and law and technology are innovative, wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary and recognized around the world. She devotes significant effort to mentoring and student training, inviting students to participate in all aspects of her research programs, including valuable co-authorship opportunities.


Excellence in Research Awards

Peter Oliver, The Excellence in Research Award 

Professor Oliver’s research on constitutional craft, federalism, and judicial review is acclaimed for the way it illuminates debates about complex constitutional questions with insights from history, philosophy, comparative constitutional law and sociology of law. Widely published in top journals both in Canada and abroad, Professor Oliver’s scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and is a valuable source for other scholars.

Aimée Craft, The Emerging Researcher Award 

Professor Craft is one of Canada’s top researchers on the philosophical bases of Anishinaabe inaakonigewin (law) and Indigenous legal systems. Her research has profound impacts on fields such as health, social policy, Indigenous resilience, political discourse, and resource management, among others. Her most recent ambitious work explores the changing legal landscape of Indigenous water governance in Canada.

Melisa Handl and Penelope Simons, The Greenberg Prize for Feminist Research

he paper “Relations of Ruling: A Feminist Critique of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Violence against Women in the Context of Resource Extraction” (2019, 31:1, CJWL, 113-150), written by Professor Penelope Simons and uOttawa PhD student Melisa Handl is this year's winner. The paper deals with the timely and understudied phenomenon of the gendered impact of extractive industries on Indigenous communities. This paper has it all: compelling human rights issues, international law, feminist analysis and a beautifully executed complex socio-legal methodology.


Excellence in Service Awards

François Larocque, Public Engagement Award: Public Education and Outreach

Professor Larocque is a true pioneer in the constitutional protection of the language rights of French-speaking minority communities in Canada. Through strategic initiatives like undertaking litigation to create a French version of the Constitution, and creating a mobile app for submitting complaints under federal and provincial official languages legislation, he is setting the standard for public education and outreach in academia.

David Wiseman, The Community Service Award

Over the years, Professor Wiseman has successfully served the community as an educator, a community organizer and an engaged scholar. Through pop-up legal clinics, competencies training, train-the-trainer student initiatives and community-embedded social actions, Professor Wiseman is advancing access to justice by bringing meaningful legal information and assistance to those who may need it most.

Stacey Birtch, The Outstanding Staff Service Award

Stacey Birtch has gone above and beyond the call of duty, making sure that the Faculty students have their contracts and have their pay in a timely manner. Often these matters take on a complicated, last-minute nature, and in such situations Ms. Birtch has been providing advice on visas, registration procedures, letter templates, and more, always providing a timely and accurate answer.

Véronique Larose, The Outstanding Staff Service Award

Véronique Larose is an outstanding staff member, offering exceptional service to students, alumni, faculty, and staff members. For over a decade, she has managed all the logistical aspects of countless large Faculty events, including the annual open house and orientation activities. It is largely due to Ms. Larose’s tireless efforts that the first impression many students have of our law school is a positive one.

Danielle Lussier-Meek, The Outstanding Staff Service Award

Danielle Lussier-Meek has contributed both academically and administratively to the Faculty as the Common Law Section’s first Indigenous Relations Advisor and Indigenous Learner Advocate. Through many creative initiatives she has vastly improved awareness, skills and capacities in relation to Indigenous law, learning and the law-school experience.

Tracey Lindberg, The Nicole LaViolette Distinguished Service Faculty Award
(Presented annually to a member of the faculty who has earned distinction as a result of outstanding service to the Faculty or the University, in particular through committee work, administrative assignments or other forms of service not directly related to teaching or research.)

In creating the ground-breaking “Pathfinders” document, which guides the Faculty of Law in opening space for teaching and learning Indigenous law, Professor Lindberg has provided faculty, students, and administration with a pathway for upholding and respecting Indigenous Law with commitment, integrity, and truth. Generous in sharing her vision and expertise, she deserves recognition for her determination, insight, collegiality and inspiration.


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