Peter Oliver

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Peter Oliver
Vice Dean Research and Full Professor

B.A . (Toronto)
L.L.B., B.C.L. (McGill)
D. Phil. (Oxford)

Room 375

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3173
Office Fax: 613-562-5124

Work E-mail: Peter.Oliver@uOttawa.ca

Peter Oliver

Biography

Professor Peter C. Oliver has built a national and international reputation for ground-breaking research into constitutional questions. His theoretical, comparative and historical approach has been applied to practical legal problems, such Commonwealth devolution, ever-closer European union, independence and secession.  His recent writing explores Canadian constitutional issues, particularly with regard to constitutional amendment, constitutional conventions and federalism.

Much of Professor Oliver’s research focuses on shifting understandings of two central theoretical concepts: ‘sovereignty’ and ‘legal system’. His careful treatment of both concepts  yields a theoretical account of fundamental legal transitions, one whose practical consequence is to explain how constitutional continuity can produce constitutional independence. Oliver’s work has been cited across the world, in leading publications in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.  His approach to constitutional continuity and constitutional independence is discussed comprehensively in his 2005 book, The Constitution of Independence: The Development of Constitutional Theory in Australia, Canada and New Zealand (Oxford University Press). Oliver's research contributes  to the  revival of interest in Commonwealth law, politics and history. His research retrieves forgotten Commonwealth scholarship and applies it to new contexts, including UK-Europe, UK-Scotland and Canada-Quebec.

Professor Oliver’s more recent writing relates to issues in Canadian constitutional law.  In this body of work, one sees the same attributes that distinguish his earlier work: that is, the identification of the unstated theoretical assumptions that underlie constitutional debates, their evolution over Canada’s history, and their relation to comparable developments in other countries.  Particularly important contributions relate to patriation and amendment, the justiciability of constitutional conventions, and the question of the constitutionality of the federal spending power.

Professor Oliver’s work on sovereignty and legal systems has been cited in leading publications around the world. By way of  example: Australian scholar, Jeffrey Goldsworthy, devotes a full chapter of his 2010 monograph, Parliamentary Sovereignty: Contemporary Debates, to discussing Oliver’s work; in his review of The Constitution of Independence for the leading journal, Public Law, David Dyzenhaus, professor of law and philosophy at the University of Toronto, describes Oliver’s book as ‘an excellent example of how theory and legal history can be mutually illuminating’; and Andrew Macdonald, of the University of California at Berkeley, refers to it as “a work of formidable scholarship … scholarly, rigorous and illuminating”.   The distinguished Society of Legal Scholars, based in the UK, awarded Oliver  one of the prestigious Peter Birks Prizes 'for Outstanding Legal Scholarship'.

Before returning to Canada he held a Chair in Law at the University of London and a post as professeur invité at Université Toulouse I.  He holds the honour of being selected as the first Scholar-in-Residence in the Constitutional, Administrative and International Law Section (CAILS) of Justice Canada, a position he held in 2005-2006.  Following that appointment, he was offered the role of Special Advisor, Legal and Constitutional Affairs at the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, where he and his team won the Privy Council Merit Award for team achievement for work relating to the debates around the Quebec Nation resolution.  

In further recognition of his expertise, Professor Oliver has been invited to present his research all around the world, notably at first-class institutions such as the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, the Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg and the University of Melbourne. He has been invited as a keynote speaker at the Constitutional, International and Administrative Law Conference organized by Justice Canada on two occasions.  Most recently, Professor Oliver was appointed as the Christensen Visiting Fellow at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford in 2015. 

Professor Oliver was Vice Dean of the Programme de common law en français from 2012-2014, and since January 1, 2017 he is Vice Dean Research.


 

Publications

 

Books

 

The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Constitutional Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) (Peter Oliver, Patrick Macklem & Nathalie Des Rosiers, eds)(50 chapters)(1147 pages).

 

Principles and Pragmatism: Essays in Honour of Louise Charron (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2014), (Graham Mayeda & Peter Oliver, eds) (385 pages)

 

The Constitution of Independence: The Development of Constitutional Theory in Australia, Canada and New Zealand (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). (Winner of one of the Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship) (367 pages)

 

Faith in Law: Essays in Legal Theory (Peter Oliver (leading editor), Sionaidh Douglas-Scott & Victor Tadros, eds) (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2000). (153 pages)

 

 

Chapters in books

 

“Introduction” in P. Oliver, P. Macklem & N. Des Rosiers, eds The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Constitutional Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) 1-8 (with Nathalie Des Rosiers & Patrick Macklem)(9 pages).

 

“The Role of Theory in Canadian Constitutional Law” in P. Oliver, P. Macklem & N. Des Rosiers, eds The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Constitutional Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) 935-964 (with Timothy Endicott)(30 pages).

 

“Parliamentary Sovereignty, Federalism and the Commonwealth” in R. Schuetze & S. Tierney, eds, The United Kingdom: Federalism Within and Without the United Kingdom (Hart (Bloomsbury), 2017) (forthcoming)

 

“Constitutions, Autochthonous” in R. Wolfrum, F. Lachenmann, R. Grote, eds, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2017)(forthcoming)

 

“Principles and Pragmatism: An Introduction” in G. Mayeda & P. Oliver, eds, Principles and Pragmatism: Essays in Honour of Louise Charron (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2014) 3-29 (with Graham Mayeda)(26 pages)

 

“La juge Charron et le fédéralisme coopératif” in G. Mayeda & P. Oliver, eds, Principles and Pragmatism: Essays in Honour of Louise Charron (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2014) 189-230 (with Marie-France Chartier)(42 pages)

 

“Reform of the Supreme Court of Canada from Within: To What Extent Should the Court Weigh in regarding Constitutional Conventions” in Nadia Verrelli, ed, The Democratic Dilemma: Reforming Canada’s Supreme Court (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2013) 161-187 (27 pages)

 

“The Busy Harbours of Canadian Federalism: The Division of Powers and its Doctrines in the McLachlin Court” in Adam Dodek & David Wright, eds, Public Law at the McLachlin Court: The First Decade (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2011), pp. 167-200) (33 pages).

 

“Unjust Enrichment in Private and Public Law” in R. Chambers, C. Mitchell & J. Penner, eds, Philosophical Foundations of Unjust Enrichment (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) (with C. Mitchell), pp. 394-416 (23 pages)

 

 “Quebec and the Amending Formula: Protection, Promotion and Federalism” in S. Tierney, ed., Accommodating Cultural Diversity: Contemporary Issues in Theory and Practice, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 167-197 (31 pages).

 

“Comments on the Misuse of Kelsen’s Theory” in J. Hatchard & T. Ogowewo, eds, Tackling the Unconstitutional Overthrow of Democracies: Emerging Trends in the Commonwealth (London: Commonwealth Secretariat, 2003) 30-33. (4 pages)

 

“Constitutional Change in the United Kingdom” in M. Andenas, ed., The Creation and Amendment of Constitutional Norms: A Comparative Study (with Adam Tomkins) (London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2000) 319-57. (39 pages)

 

“Introduction” (P. Oliver (author of first draft), S. Douglas-Scott and V. Tadros) in Peter Oliver, Sionaidh Douglas-Scott & Victor Tadros, eds, Faith in Law: Essays in Legal Theory (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2000) 1-18. (19 pages)

 

“Canada's Two Solitudes: Constitutional and International Law in Reference re Secession of Quebec” in S. Tierney, ed., Accommodating National Identity: New Approaches in International and Domestic Law (London: Kluwer, 2000) 65-88. (24 pages)

 

“Cutting the Imperial Link: Canada and New Zealand” in P.A. Joseph, ed., Essays on the Constitution (Wellington: Brooker's/Sydney: Law Book Co., 1995) 368-403. (36 pages)

 

“The 1982 Patriation of the Canadian Constitution: Reflections on Continuity and Change” in J.-L. Baudouin et al, Mélanges Jean Beetz (Montreal: Thémis, 1995) 799-838. (40 pages)

 

 

Articles (including web publications)

 

“Dominion Status: Framework and History” in M. Malgodi, L. McDonagh & T. Poole, eds, Dominion Status at the Twighlight of the British Empire: Examining National LIberation Movements & Dominion Constitutionalism (forthcoming 2017)

 

“Canada: Election 2015”, UK Constitutional Law Group Blog (December 2015) <https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2015/11/09/peter-c-oliver-canada-election-2015/>

 

“What the Throne Speech Tells Us About the ‘New’ Federalism”, iPolitics (6 December 2015) <https://ipolitics.ca/2015/12/06/what-the-throne-speech-tells-us-about-the-new-federalism/>

 

“Who Governs in a Minority is About More Than Just Politics”, National Post (15 October 2015) (with A. Dodek, V. MacDonell, C. Mathen, E. Mendes) <http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/charisma-mathen-et-al-who-governs-in-a-minority-is-about-more-than-just-politics>

 

“Change in the Ultimate Rules of a Legal System: Hard Cases, Uncertainty, Commonwealth Precedents and the Importance of Context” (2015) 26 King’s Law Journal 367-411 (44 pages)

 

“Principles and Pragmatism: An Introduction”, (2014), 65 SCLR (2d) 1-29 (with Graham Mayeda)(30 pages)

 

“La juge Charron et le fédéralisme coopératif” (2014), 65 SCLR (2d) (with Marie-France Chartier) 189-231 (43 pages)

 

 “Canadian Legal Federalism Since 1982” (Spring 2013) Canadian Issues/Thèmes canadiens) 7-11 (5 pages)

 

“Reform of the Supreme Court of Canada from Within: To What Extent Should the Court Weigh in regarding Constitutional Conventions” in Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Special Series on the Federal Dimensions of Reforming the Supreme Court of Canada (January 2012) (24 pages)

 

“Conventions in the Canadian Courts” (2011) U.K. Constitutional Law Group (November 4), available at  http://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2011/11/04/peter-c-oliver-constitutional-conventions-in-the-canadian-courts/ (6 pages)

 

“Abdicating and Limiting Parliamentary Sovereignty – Reply to Goldsworthy” (2006) 17 King’s College Law Journal. (18 pages)

 

“Sovereignty in the Twenty-First Century” (2003) 14 King’s College Law Journal 137-178. (42 pages)

 

“Law, Politics, the Commonwealth and the Constitution: Remembering R.T.E. Latham, 1909-43” (2000) 11 King’s College Law Journal 153-189. (37 pages)

 

“Canada, Quebec, and Constitutional Amendment” (1999) 49 University of Toronto Law Journal 519-610. (92 pages) (cited by Supreme Court of Canada in Reference re Supreme Court Act, ss. 5 and 6, 2014 SCC 21: paragraph  96n)

 

“Remembering R.T.E. Latham” (1999) 5 Law Report 7-9. (3 pages)

 

“Canada's Two Solitudes: Constitutional and International Law in Reference re Secession of Quebec” (1999) 6 International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 63-93. (31 pages)

 

“New Model Trusts” (1997) 8 KCLJ 147-153. (7 pages)

 

“The Extent of Equitable Tracing” (1995) 9 Trust Law International 78-85 (9 A4 pages).

 

 “The 1982 Patriation of the Canadian Constitution: Reflections on Continuity and Change” (1994) 28 Revue juridique Thémis 875-914. (40 pages)

 

“The Second Uncertainty in Trusts” (1994) 5 KCLJ 139-42. (4 pages)

 

“The Unsettled Law of Knowing Assistance” (1993) 4 KCLJ 82-86. (5 pages)

 

 

Government consultation papers and Expert reports

 

“Second Reply to Professor Twomey”, Expert opinion for Government of Canada in Motard et Taillon v. P.G. Canada case (April 2014), used for preparation of Government of Canada position, but not forming part of court documents for trial June 2015 (8 pages)

 

“Reply to Professor Twomey”, Expert opinion for Government of Canada in Motard et Taillon v. PG Canada case (March 2014), forming part of court documents for trial June 2015 (25 pages)

 

“Report entitled ‘The Commonwealth, Constitutional Independence and Succession to the Throne”, Expert opinion for Government of Canada in Motard v. Taillon v. P.G. Canada case (December 2013), forming part of court documents for trial June 2015 (58 pages)

 

A Constitution Similar in Principle to that of the United Kingdom, contract research submitted to Constitutional and Administrative Law Section, Department of Justice, Ottawa, 30 June 2006. (40 pages)

 

 

Book reviews (for review essays, see Articles (above))

 

Peter Oliver and Stephen Tierney, Book Review/Response, Constitutional Referendums: The Theory and Practice of Republican DeliberationInt’l J. Const. L. Blog, February 25, 2014, available athttp://www.iconnectblog.com/2014/02/book-reviewresponse-stephen-tierney-and-peter-oliver.

 

Review of Constitutional Law and National Pluralism by Stephen Tierney in (2005) Edinburgh Law Review.

 

Review of Comparing Constitutions by S.E Finer, V. Bogdanor & B. Rudden in (1996) 7 KCLJ 148-152. (5 pages)

 

Review of Parker and Mellows: The Modern Law of Trusts, 6th ed. by A.J. Oakley in (1995) 9 Trust Law International 66-67. (2 A4 pages)

 

 

Other publications

 

Editor-in-Chief, McGill Law Journal, Volume 30 (1984-85).

 

McGill Law Journal, Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (Toronto: Carswell, 1986) (Member of editorial board for first edition; researched and drafted section on citation of constitutional statutes).

 

Documents and Legislative Texts Relating to the Constitution Act, 1982 (P. Oliver, ed.) (Montreal: Trandek Ltd, 1986). (issue published as part of Volume 30 and as separate publication)(sole author of accompanying commentary) (252 pages)

 

 

Supreme Court of Canada citations

 

Reference re Supreme Court Act, ss. 5 and 6, 2014 SCC 21: paragraph 96n.

Renvoi relatif à la Loi sur la Cour suprême, art. 5 et 6, 2014 CSC 21: para 96n.

 

“Defining Moments: The Canadian Constitution”, speech by Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, 13 February 2014.

« Moments marquants : la Constitution canadienne », allocution prononcée par la très honorable Beverley McLachlin, C.P., le 13 février 2014.

 

 

Conference papers and visiting lectures:

 

“Goodbye to Watertight Compartments”, paper presented at Constitutional and Administrative Law Section Conference, National Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 6 June 2017.

 

“Goodbye to Watertight Compartments”, paper presented at Constitution150 Confererence, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal, 16 May 2017

 

Dominion Status: Framework and History”, paper presented at Modern Law Review Workshop Series on Dominion Status at the End of Empire, City University London, 6 June 2016.

 

“Hard Cases in Constitutional Law and the Importance of Context”, paper presented at Work in Progress Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 15 April 2016.

 

“Parliamentary Sovereignty, Federalism and the Commonwealth”, paper presented at Conference on Federalism Within and Without the United Kingdom, Faculty of Law, University of Durham, 29 November 2015.

 

“Hard Cases in Constitutional Law and the Importance of Context”, Legal Theory Workshop, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 26 October 2015.

 

“Election Post Mortem”, paper presented at the Social Justice Group seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 20 October 2015.

 

“Post-Election Scenarios: Conventions, Confidence and Caretakers”, paper presented at roundtable organised by the Public Law Group, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 13 October 2015.

 

“Paradoxes and Puzzles in Constitutional Change: Scotland, Europe, Canada”, St Catherine’s College Research Talks, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 17 June 2015.

 

“The Living Tree in Theory and Practice”, paper presented as part of a seminar on “The Canadian Doctrine of the Living Tree” (other paper presented by Justice Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal), organized by Oxford Law and Public Affairs, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, 19 May 2015.

 

“Canadian Perspectives”, paper presented at Conference on How Federal is Britain: Self-Rule and Shared Rule in the Evolving Constitution, organised by ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change, Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law and the Forum of the Federations, at the University of Edinburgh, 21 April 2015.

 

“Federalism and Intergovernmental Structures in Canada”, paper presented at High Commission of Canada seminar on Multilevel Governance in a Westminster-Style Parliamentary Democracy: The Canadian Experience, Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, 24 March 2015.

 

“Change in the Ultimate Rules of a Legal System”, paper presented to Jurisprudence Discussion Group, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, 22 January 2015.

 

“The ‘Constitution of Canada’ after Nadon/La ‘Constitution du Canada’ après Nadon”, paper presented at a Symposium on Appointing Judges in the 21st Century : Reflections on the Nadon Reference, organised by the Public Law Group,  Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 28 May 2014.

 

“The federal spending power”, keynote speaker, 30th Constitutional and Administrative Law Conference, Justice Canada, Ottawa, 9 May 2013.

 

"Le rôle des conventions conventionnelles devant les tribunaux canadiens: les renvois et les litiges ordinaires", Paper presented at the Matinées constitutionnelles, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal, 24 January 2013.

 

“The evolution of Canadian federalism since 1982”, Constitution @ 30 Conference, Ottawa, 17 April 2012.

 

« L’évolution du fédéralisme canadien depuis 1982 », Conférence Constitution @ 30, Ottawa, 17 avril 2012.

 

« Le pouvoir fédéral de dépenser », Staff discussion group, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, February 2012.

 

“Justiciability and Deference in Constitutional and Administrative Law”, Training Session, Constitutional Administrative and International Law Section Training, Justice Canada, 12 January 2012

 

« L’arrêt Insite et l’exclusivité des compétences provinciales », Conférence sur les enjeux émergents en droit public canadien, Ottawa, le 25 mai 2011.

 

“Canadian Federalism: Health and Education”, Paper presented to Canadian Bar Association seminar on The Constituent Assembly and Constitution-Making in Nepal: Lessons from Canada, October 2010.

 

“The Codification of Constitutional Conventions”, co-organizer and panelist -- Canada’s New Governor General: The Challenges Ahead, University of Ottawa, 28 September 2010.

 

“The Supreme Court of Canada : Constitutional Conventions, Constitutional Principles and ‘A Constitution Similar in Principle to that of the United Kingdom’”, Panel on the Politicization of the Judiciary/Judiciarization of Politics, Canadian Political Science Association, 1 June 2010.

 

“The Federal Spending Power”, paper presented to Federalism and Institutions Study and Research Laboratory, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, 7 April 2010.

 

 “Unjust Enrichment in Public and Private Law”, paper presented at conference on Philosophical Foundations of Unjust Enrichment, London, England, 12 April 2008.

 

 “Choice of Policy Instrument”, paper presented to Legal Operations Branch of Privy Council Office, Government of Canada, Ottawa, 1 June 2007.

 

“Recent Developments in Parliamentary Sovereignty in the United Kingdom”, paper presented at Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, 18 January 2007.

 

“The Red Rose and the Maple Leaf: Canada-UK Comparisons”, paper presented to Directors of Public Law Section, Justice Canada, Cantley, Quebec, 17 January 2007.

 

“Constitutional Foundations: “The Constitution of Canada and Reception, Amendment and Sovereignty of the Constitution of Canada, Parliamentary Sovereignty”, paper presented at Privy Council Office, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 2 December 2006.

 

 “Constitutional Fundamentals: Constitutional Conventions, Parliamentary Sovereignty and ‘A Constitution Similar in Principle to that of the United Kingdom’”, paper presented at Privy Council Office, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 25 October 2006.

 

“Fish, More Fish and Foxes: Recent Developments in Parliamentary Sovereignty in the United Kingdom”, keynote speaker, Constitutional and Administrative Law Section Conference, Canadian Government Conference Centre, Ottawa, Canada, 28 April 2006.

 

“Commonwealth Constitutional Development – Lessons for Constitutional Theory”, paper presented to Staff Seminar Series, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 27 April 2006.

 

“Commonwealth Constitutional Development – Lessons for Constitutional Theory”, paper presented to Constitutional Law Roundtable/Legal Theory Workshop, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 28 March 2006.

 

“Recent Developments in Parliamentary Sovereignty in the United Kingdom”, paper presented to Toronto Office, Department of Justice Canada, 27 March 2006.

 

“Commonwealth Constitutional Development – Lessons for Constitutional Theory”, paper presented as part of Visiting Lecture series, Faculty of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 23 March 2006.

 

“Sovereignty and Canada’s Constitutional Independence”, paper presented to Toronto Office, Department of Justice Canada, 2 March 2006.

 

“Sovereignty and Canada’s Constitutional Independence”, paper presented to Public Law Section, Department of Justice Canada, 22 February 2006.

 

“Commonwealth Constitutional Development – Lessons for Constitutional Theory”, paper presented as part of Visiting Lecture series, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 6 February 2006.

 

“Parliamentary Sovereignty in the United Kingdom – Recent Developments”, paper presented to Public Law Section, Department of Justice, Canada, 1 December 2005.

 

“Constitutional Continuity and the European Legal Order: Sovereignty and Legal Systems”, paper presented to King's College London-Max Planck Institute Seminar Series, Heidelberg, Germany, 7-8 July 2005.

 

“Building a United Kingdom Constitution”, paper presented to Staff Seminar Series, King’s College London, 16 March 2005.

 

Three-Lecture Series as part of the Associate of King’s College (AKC) degree, “Europe, Devolution and Sovereignty”, January-March 2005.

 

“Sovereignty and Legal Systems”, paper presented to Oxford University B.C.L. Constitutional Theory students, 18 May 2004.

 

“Quebec and Constitutional Amendment”, paper presented at “Constitutionalism & Cultural Pluralism: Lessons from Canada” Conference, Faculty of Law, Canadian Studies Programme, University of Edinburgh, 27 April 2004.

 

“Sovereignty and Legal Systems: The Commonwealth and Europe”, paper presented to Research Seminar, Centre of European Law – Max Planck Institute Heidelberg, King’s College London, 23 January 2004.

 

“Sovereignty and Legal Systems: the Commonwealth and the EU Compared”, paper presented to Deutcher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Law Conference, Cumberland Lodge, 18 June 2003.

 

“Loss of Chance in the Supreme Court of Canada”, paper presented to Senior Practitioners Seminar, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 11 June 2003.

 

“Comments on the Misuse of Kelsen’s Theory”, paper presented to Conference on the Legal Deterrent to Coups, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 16 January 2001.

 

“Power”, paper presented to Conference on Absolute Authority, King’s College Law Student Society, Cumberland Lodge, 18 November 2000.

 

Three-Lecture Series as part of the Associate of King’s College (AKC) degree, “Constitutional Dimensions of Justice”, October-November 2000.

 

“Sovereignty and Legal Systems: The Commonwealth and the European Union”, paper presented in the Law Faculty seminar series, University of Reading, 3 May 2000.

 

 “The Quebec Secession Reference: Domestic and International Law”, paper presented to Conference on Accommodating National Identity, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, 12 November 1998.

 

“Sustaining Charity”, paper presented to Colloquium on Foundations of Charity, co-sponsored by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Modern Law Review (MLR) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), King’s College London, 14-5 September 1998.

 

“The Foundations of Charity”, series of round table discussion involving participants in Foundations of Charity Conference, January- July 1998.

 

“The Influence of Imperial Constitutional Theory in the Development of Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Legal Culture”, paper presented to Australia and New Zealand Legal History Conference, “Empires, Colonies, Legal Cultures”, University of Melbourne, Australia, 3-5 July 1998.

 

“Diversity in the Constitutional Traditions of Australia, Canada and New Zealand”, paper presented to Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand, “Diversity in Australia, Canada and New Zealand”, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 9-11 July 1998.

 

“Remembering R.T.E. Latham”, paper presented to King’s College London Law Student Society Conference, Cumberland Lodge, London, 22 November 1997.

 

 “Constitutional Amendment in Canada”, paper presented to British Institute of International and Comparative Law Conference, Cumberland Lodge, London, 8 April 1997.

 

“Constitutional Change in the United Kingdom”, paper presented to British Institute of International and Comparative Law Conference, Cumberland Lodge, London, 11 April 1997.

 

“Dicey and the Dominions: The Influence of British Legal Thinking on the Development of the Canadian Constitution”, paper presented to British Association of Canadian Studies Annual Conference, University of Swansea, Wales, 25 March, 1997.

 

“The Patriation of the Canadian Constitution: Continuity and Change”, paper presented at Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, 17 February 1997.

 

Le  ‘trust' anglais -- hier et aujourd’hui”, inaugural lecture as visiting professor in English Law, University of Toulouse I, Toulouse, France, February 1996.

 

“Law and Postmodernism”, paper presented to King's College London Staff Discussion Group, 5 December 1996.

 

 “The Nature of (the) Trust”, paper presented as part of the King’s College London Legal Theory Seminars, The Theory and Politics of Private Law, 16 October 1996.

 

 

Editorial Boards

 

Faculty Advisor, Ottawa Law Review, 2013-4, 2015-6

 

Advisory Board, McGill Law Journal, 2013 –5

 

Editorial Board Member, National Journal of Constitutional Law, 2010 –

 

Editorial Board Member, King’s Law Journal, 2008 –

 

General Editor (with Charles Mitchell), King’s Law Journal (formerly King’s College Law Journal), 2006-8.

 

Analysis Editor, King’s College Law Journal, 2003-6

 

Book Review Editor, Trust Law International (1995-1998)

 

Editorial Board and Advisory Board, McGill Guide to Legal Citation, 1986-96.

 

Editor-in-Chief, McGill Law Journal, Volume 30 (4 issues).

 

 

Doctoral Supervision:

 

Supervisor (January 2013 -)

Purush Purushothaman, Doctorate, In Progress

PhD, University of Ottawa

Thesis/Project Title: “Rediscovering the Constituent Power: The Challenge of Reconciling the Basic Structure Doctrine with Popular Sovereignty in India”

 

Supervisor (September 2009 - June 2015)

Erika Arban, Doctorate, Completed

PhD, University of Ottawa

Student Country of Citizenship:  Italy

Thesis/Project Title: “Italian Regionalism and the Federal Challenge”

Student Recognitions

Prize / Award, Governor General's Gold Medal

University of Ottawa, Canada, Ontario, Academic

 

Supervisor (September 2009 – October 2013)

Nelson Dordelly Rosales, Doctorate, Completed

PhD, University of Ottawa

Student Country of Citizenship:  Venezuela

Thesis/Project Title: “Constitutional Jurisprudence in the Supreme Court of Venezuela”

 

 

 

 

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