“At the heart of any innovative project, creative endeavour or process of social and institutional change, there is the exercise of leadership,” says Margarida Garcia, the acting vice-dean of research at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section and the director of the Leadership Academy, a new initiative centred around leadership training, research, mentorship and transformational knowledge mobilization run by an interdisciplinary team of uOttawa professors and administrative staff.
The Research Office annually awards internal prizes to recognize the role of dedicated teaching, sustained and creative research, and generous service to the community. It is with great pleasure that we announce the call for nominations for the Common Law Section’s Internal Prizes for 2020-2021. Please consider nominating your professors and colleagues!
As the COVID-19 pandemic became an unavoidable reality in the spring of 2020, approaches to teaching and learning were forced to shift dramatically. In recognition of their tireless work in facilitating the transition to online/distance education, Professors Ellen Zweibel and Craig Forcese have been named as recipients of two newly-established awards for innovation and leadership.
The Leadership Academy at the University of Ottawa is a bold and imaginative campus-wide project emerging from a partnership between the Faculties of Law, Engineering and Social Sciences to offer leadership training to our community (students, staff and professors) — and beyond. Imagine leadership in the service of law and the humanities, research and social change! That’s exactly what the academy seeks to offer.
Professor Anne Levesque represented Amnesty International (AI) as an intervener before the Quebec Court of Appeal on February 23, 2021, as a Montreal-based non-profit, Environnement Jeunesse, sought to proceed with its class action lawsuit against the Canadian government for failing to act on the climate crisis.
Professor Samuel Singer served as a co-plaintiff in a human rights challenge that recently won a historic victory for the rights of trans and non-binary individuals. Justice Gregory Moore of the Superior Court of Quebec ruled that several articles of the Civil Code of Quebec discriminate against trans and non-binary people, depriving them of their dignity and equality.
Professor Aimée Craft has been awarded the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award, which recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession and to the public life of Canada. Professor Craft is one of two honorees for this year’s President’s Award; the other recipient is Professor John Borrows, the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. With this exceptional honour, Professor Craft and Professor Borrows join the prestigious ranks of past recipients which include former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin and former Senator Murray Sinclair, among many other luminaries of Canadian law.