September 2014

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The 6th edition of the Faculty’s popular “Think Ahead / Une pensée d’avance” continuing legal education seminars kicks off on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Registration opens on October 9, at 10:30 am.

In order to help lawyers complete their required continuing education hours, the Faculty of Law offers a series of lectures rooted at the very heart of contemporary legal issues.

This year, highlights include an interdisciplinary discussion of science and law featuring noted neuroscientist Daniel Levitin (author of This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs) in conversation with Professors Lara Khoury and David Lametti.

Registration is presently closed but will open on October 9, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. See the Faculty’s web page on the Think Ahead / Pensée d’avance series for more information and for registration details.

 2014-2015 Calendar

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 Tax and Fiscal Policy / Fiscalité et politique fiscale Prof. Allison Christians, Prof. Daniel Weinstock Tax laws and fiscal policy are at the heart of many contemporary debates touching on issues such as public pension reform, the offshoring of corporate profits or the effectiveness of sector-specific tax credits. Our panel of experts will provide multifaceted insights on key public policy challenges currently facing our governments.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 Canada’s Evolving Constitutional Democracy / Le point sur la démocratie constitutionnelle canadienne Prof. Robert Leckey, with Prof. Jean Leclair (U. de Montréal) and Prof. Carissima Mathen  (U. of Ottawa, Common Law Section) The Senate Reference, the Nadon case, Bedford: these are only some of the recent cases in which the Supreme Court has had to address fundamental issues relating to Canadian federalism and the reach of key provisions of the Charter. Three of Canada’s leading scholars will share their views on the Supreme Court’s evolving constitutional law jurisprudence.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 Science And The Law At A Crossroad / Le droit et la science à la croisée des chemins Profs. Lara Khoury and David Lametti, with Dr. Daniel J. Levitin (Dept. of Psychology, McGill University, and author of This is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind) Recent developments in cognitive psychology have significantly changed our understanding of how we make decisions—from the most mundane to the most critical. What are the implications for lawyers, judges and other jurists? And how will these developments impact how future generations of lawyers are trained?
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 Good Faith In Contractual Relations / La bonne foi dans les relations contractuelles Speakers: Profs. Rosalie Jukier and Stephen Smith, with Prof. Michelle Cumyn (U.Laval) Courts across Canada have had opportunities to revisit the classic, but all-important theme of good faith in contractual relations. Is a Canadian-specific conception of the duty of good faith, one that crosses the traditional divide between the common law and the civil law, starting to emerge? And what are the impacts of the principle of good faith on long-term contracts, such as the one entered into between Hydro-Quebec and Newfoundland in connection with the Churchill Falls project?
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 Canada’s Evolving Criminal Justice System / L’évolution de la justice pénale au Canada Prof. Marie Manikis with Prof. Hugues Parent (U. de Montréal) and Prof. Simon Roy (U. de Sherbrooke) How are law-and-order politics and the victims’ rights movement changing Canada’s criminal justice system? Three leading scholars will take stock of the main forces shaping the evolution of Canada’s approach to criminal justice.
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