Through her scholarly interest is in the intersection of religious freedom and women’s equality, Professor Natasha Bakht has distinguished herself across a range of important legal areas that affect religious minorities and racialized people. In recognition of the impact of her work on South Asian communities, the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) has awarded Professor Bakht its 2019 Legal Excellence Award.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to significantly transform the practice of medicine, assisting and in some circumstance substituting for humans as medical service providers and expert decision-makers. Dr. Colleen Flood has plans to explore how AI can equitably and efficiently be adopted into the Canadian health care system. This research will form the basis of the second term of her University Research Chair (URC) in Health Law and Policy, which, as announced by the University of Ottawa, has been renewed for a period of 5 years.
Professors Michael Geist and Vanessa Gruben have been awarded Insight Grants by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for projects that each seek to fill a research void: Professor Geist will investigate new ways Canada can protect freedom of expression while addressing risks of online harm; while Professor Gruben will develop the first empirical research on the perspectives of women who have acted as surrogates in Canada.
Professor Michael Pal has been awarded an Insight Development Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a project entitled “The Guardians of Democracy: The Comparative Constitutional Law of Election Commissions”.
Common Law Professor Delphine Nakache is a co-researcher in a €3 million Horizon 2020 research project entitled: "Vulnerabilities Under the Global Protection Regime: How Does the Law Assess, Address, Shape and Produce the Vulnerabilities of Protection Seekers?” (VULNER).
Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Dean and Full Professor in the Civil Law Section, and João Velloso, Assistant Professor in the Common Law Section, have been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant to fund the semi-annual conference of the Canadian Law and Society Association, which will take place at the University of Ottawa on October 18 and 19, 2019.
Professor François Larocque has been awarded the prestigious Ordre des francophones d'Amérique by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française for his contributions to the preservation of the French language in North America. He was selected as the 2019 representative for Ontario.
2019 was a very successful year for many of our graduate students. A total of 11 students were awarded external scholarships, for a cumulative total of over $400,000 of research funding. According to our scholars, obtaining a scholarship means a variety of things, from recognition, safety and joy, to production, validation and freedom. While certainly not the only indicator of success, these scholarships offer significant motivation for students undertaking research projects.
How do you teach leadership? Can you truly train an individual to be a leader? An emerging interdisciplinary group of uOttawa faculty members is exploring innovative ways of doing just that. They are endeavouring to spread their leadership training methods across disciplines, to move leadership development beyond its traditional home in business schools, and to link the application of leadership directly to research. The experiment has already begun at the Faculty of Law.