We stand in solidarity with all Black members of our Common Law community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – and with all members of the Black community in denouncing anti-Black racism. Over the past week, outrage over racial discrimination, racial violence and pervasive systemic racism has boiled over across North America. While the situation is particularly acute in the United States, we recognize that Canada has its own history and ongoing problem of racial discrimination and oppression.
During this pandemic, what role should the police play in relation to homeless people, a highly vulnerable group that is subject to punitive and detrimental law enforcement measures? What should now be expected of the police as they adapt to the realities of this unprecedented crisis?
Canadian Lawyer has released its list of nominees for the 2020 “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada” honours. Among the nominees is the Common Law Section’s Professor Paul Daly, University Research Chair in Administrative Law and Governance, in the category of “Young Influencers”.
After half a decade of hard work, just weeks before her PhD thesis defence, Lilou Jiang’s world was turned upside down. With the COVID-19 pandemic necessitating social isolation, in a matter of days she faced the possibility that her defence would be indefinitely postponed. Through exceptional thoughtfulness, determination and creativity, the Faculty of Law’s Graduate Studies in Law Office managed, in short order, to arrange an entirely virtual defence – the first ever entirely virtual thesis defence for a PhD in Law at the University of Ottawa – perhaps among the first such defences anywhere.
In an era of water scarcity and resource disputes, it is imperative that obligations and responsibilities relating to lands and waters are fully understood. In Ontario, relationships between the Crown and Indigenous Nations regarding lands and waters are tenuous. Professor Aimée Craft, whose research explores the changing legal landscape of Indigenous water governance, has received an Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade to further study and advance these relationships.
Dr. Kumanan Wilson, Internal Medicine Physician at The Ottawa Hospital and Scientific Advisory for Innovation at Bruyère, will host a Zoom webinar on the science and policy of pandemics on Wednesday 8 April 12–1 pm. Dr. Wilson will talk for 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
As we collectively face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting many of our regular activities on pause, researchers from the Faculty of Law continue to offer valuable insights and commentary on COVID-19 and its effects on our lives.
As an African and a Canadian, I inhabit an observatory. I am a resident in two worlds of blunt contrasts. On a good note, daily at every turn, those contrasts offer privileged lessons on the richness and complexity of the human experience, of our world. In this observatory, it is irresistible not to have a geopolitical perspective on the dynamic of Africa’s relationship with the global south. And since the formal declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 by WHO’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the reality of that stark contrast has never been more evident.