2023 Winter - CML1105A - First-Year Thematic Course (Class Number: 1164)

Health Systems Law and Policy

Professor(s): Colleen Flood
Language: English
Units: 3
Level: First Year Thematic (English Program Only)

Class Schedule

2023 Winter
(January 30 - April 12)
SEMMon 15:00 - 16:50FTX401
2023 Winter
(January 30 - April 12)
SEMWed 09:30 - 11:20FTX401
2023 Winter
(February 22 - February 22)
SEMWed 09:00 - 09:30FTX401


Copyright in the Supreme Court covers a top-10 list of the Supreme Court of Canada’s most famous or significant copyright decisions ever. Unlike the typical law school approach of reading edited and compiled excerpts of various materials, each week we dive deeply into one and only one monumental case. In a series of seminars, we examine judgments just as they come from the Court, covering copyright alongside an array of related procedural, administrative, constitutional, international, and remedial issues.

Together our task is to editorialize these unedited raw materials using the methods of legal archaeology. We’ll gain insights from student-led exploration of background not evident in the reported decisions themselves, drawing on hearing transcripts, videos, pleadings and other court records, biographical information about the litigants, counsel, and decision-makers, political and socio-economic context, and the critical implications of these rulings.

In this fun and innovative way, we check off all of the major doctrinal components of a traditional copyright seminar. But with the added benefit of learning very practically how and why the law came to be what it is. Also, the cases we cover are foundational in related fields, including other areas of intellectual property law, administrative law, internet and telecommunications law, music, media, and entertainment law, and more. Students taking this seminar will be well prepared to work in any of those areas, and for general appellate advocacy at the Supreme Court or elsewhere.

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Materials Used:

Open-access decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, and anything else students can dig up using the legal archeological tools and techniques we learn.

Method of Evaluation


Other Type of Evaluation:

Formative and summative evaluation will be based on a combination of participation, collaboration, leadership, reflection, and commentary. There is no final exam.


Final Exams:

Exam type: None

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