Université de Montréal recently announced the launch of an important research consortium to explore access to law and to justice. The consortium, ADAJ (French site), brings together 42 researchers as well as collaborators from nine universities and 44 justice partners, including the Quebec Superior Court, the Court of Quebec, the Ministry of Justice of Quebec, local legal service organizations, the Quebec Bar Association, the Chamber of Notaries of Quebec, SOQUIJ and Éducaloi.
The Common Law and Civil Law sections of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, partners in the consortium, are pleased to announce that professors Joao Gustavo Vieira Velloso and Sébastien Grammond are among the consortium’s associate researchers.
Professor Velloso will work on access to justice for detainees and prisoners (French site) and social expectations and awareness of legal rights (French site). The first research project will look at the detainees’ and prisoners’ sense of justice when facing legal or administrative proceedings while in prison: pre-trial detention, disciplinary measures and parole hearings. The second project will look at the relationship between the law and citizens and their needs surrounding access to justice.
Professor Grammond will work on Innu child protection institutions (French site) with researchers Kheira Belhadj-Ziane (French site) and Christiane Guay (French site), both with the department of social work at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. This project aims to develop, in collaboration with Uauitshitun, the social services centre in the Innu community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam (Sept-Îles and Malioténam), an institutional legal framework that will allow Innu identity to be fully articulated within an Innu child protection system that would replace the Quebec system under section 37.5 of Quebec’s Youth Protection Act.
A total of 20 research thrusts (French site) were launched simultaneously with ADAJ. These thrusts will address the majority of issues currently facing citizens and the judicial system.
Led by Professor Pierre Noreau (French site) with the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal, ADAJ is backed by a $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and $1.4 million from various project partners. Work by ADAJ will take place over six years.
Congratulations to professors Noreau, Velloso and Grammond!