5 conferences : 3 weeks

Oct2010-AML-CBackhouse (8 Nov) The momentum that kicked off the school year with three major conferences in September continued with two more conferences and a slew of talks, discussions and panels in October. Read on for a re-cap of the events that kept the Faculty buzzing and to get a glimpse of what’s to come.

Behind-the-scenes at the appellate courts

(8 Nov) A word of advice for lawyers about to appear before the Quebec Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court of Canada…

Trusting Civil Law

A recent conference at the Faculty of Law examined the what and how of trusts, those legal relationships in which property is held…

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L’union de fait: un droit dépassé

Broken heart by CarbonNYC AKA David Goerhing (via Flickr Creative Commons)(8 nov) Le professeur Robert Leckey écrit dans La Presse sur les nouveaux développements dans l’affaire Lola vs. Éric: Ce n’est pas dire que hors du mariage, point de salut. Mais reconnaissons que notre législateur n’a jamais débattu longuement de la façon de conjuguer l’instinct protecteur du droit matrimonial avec les nouvelles réalités démographiques de la société québécoise.

Parentage is about more than DNA

Professors  Angela Campbell and Robert Leckey Professors Angela Campbell and Robert Leckey wrote an opinion piece on the Pratten case in Vancouver: “emphasis on genetic heritage central to her claims and others like it exemplifies a troubling trend that calls for further scrutiny.”

Faculty voices

A recurring column presenting select excerpts from Faculty members’ comments on events in the news. In this edition: Professor William Tetley on the 40th anniversary of the October Crisis and Professor Richard Janda reveals Governor General David Johnston’s link to the romance novel Love Story.

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Cover page for November: Rosalie Jukier and Robert Leckey, recipients of two Principal's Teaching Awards. Principal’s Prizes for Excellence in Teaching go to Professors Rosalie Jukier and Robert Leckey

Retreat enhances doctoral student experience

(8 Nov) Like so many conversations among students, the one that opened the second annual DCL student retreat at Thomson House in mid-October eventually made its way to the subject of Facebook. And like so many conversations about Facebook among individuals who also teach…

Profil de recherche: Louise Otis

Louise Otis (8 nov) Au Québec, on surnomme Louise Otis « la mère de la médiation », car elle introduisait en 1997 un programme de médiation judiciaire au sein de la Cour d’appel du Québec. Nommée Chercheure Boulton Senior à la Faculté de droit pour l’année universitaire 2010-2011, l’ancienne juge de la Cour d’appel a récemment rencontré notre journaliste Victoria Leenders-Cheng pour discuter comment la médiation peut aider les justiciables, autant dans les pays ayant un système judiciaire bien établi que là où la primauté du droit est encore en développement.

The next big moral movement?

McGill students argue that animal law is an increasingly important legal subject. Their work, along with that of three other McGill alumni, is profiled in a Global Television documentary hosted by former news anchor Kevin Newman.

Supreme Court Advocacy Institute

CourtSeal-150 The Supreme Court Advocacy Institute provides free, non-partisan advocacy advice to lawyers appearing in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada. Co-executive director Grégoire Webber gives a behind-the-scenes look.

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