Faculty News Round-up

April 2012

Le CRDPCQ devient le Centre Paul-André Crépeau de droit privé et comparé

Le 14 mars 2012, une cérémonie se tenait au Grand Salon de la Faculté pour célébrer le changement de nom du Centre de recherche en droit privé et comparé du Québec qui est devenu le Centre Paul-André Crépeau de droit privé et comparé, et pour célébrer la vie et la carrière distinguée de Paul-André Crépeau (1926-2011).

Des membres de la famille Crépeau, dont le professeur François Crépeau et sa mère, Nicole Crépeau (photo à droite), la principale Heather Munroe-Blum, le doyen Daniel Jutras, les anciens doyens, Nicholas Kasirer, John Durnford, Rod Macdonald et William Foster, de nombreux membres et amis de la Faculté, Me France Allard de Justice Canada, ainsi que le directeur actuel du Centre, Lionel Smith, étaient présents à la célébration.

À la fin de son intervention, le doyen Jutras par ailleurs a dévoilé une mosaïque commémorative, composée de photos du professeur Crépeau à différents moments de sa longue carrière. Cette mosaïque sera exposée en permanence au Centre Crépeau.

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Visit from the Quebec Court of Appeal

In March, the Quebec Court of Appeal held a hearing of St-Jacques c. R., an appeal of a conviction, in the Maxwell Cohen Moot Court.

St-Jacques was charged with three offences under the Criminal Code and his lawyer was appealing one of them. On the bench were Justices Allan Hilton, Richard Wagner and Guy Gagnon.

This was a great opportunity for law students to see the court in action, and while the matter was technical, proceedings proved to be quite gripping.


In class presentation by Justice Stephen Goudge

Also last month, Justice Stephen Goudge of the Ontario Court of Appeal came to give a talk as part of visiting judge Carol Cohen’s course on Criminal Jury Trials and Professor Alana Klein’s course on Criminal Evidence.

Justice Goudge, who presided the Ontario Commission of inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in 2007, talked about the cases and various wrongful convictions caused by the flawed pathology reports and testimonies of Dr. Charles Smith, which eventually led to the creation of the Commission and its report.


New books on trusts and on IP law

cover Published last month by Cambridge University Press, Lionel Smith: Reimagining the TrustRe-imagining the Trust: Trusts in Civil Law is a collection of international comparative essays on the law of trusts, edited by our own Lionel Smith, James McGill Professor of Law and Director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre of Private and Comparative Law.

Based on the Centre’s 2008-2009 The Trust in Civil Law Conference Series talks, the essays explore multiple civilian experiences with the trust, from Quebec, whose trust institution attracted worldwide attention in 1994, to Louisiana, Israel, China, France and Italy.

Cambridge University Press, hardcover, 292 pages, ISBN: 9781107011328.

Sunny Handa: Legal Protection of Software – Patents & Trade-Marks
Adjunct Professor Sunny Handa, LLM’95, DCL’98, published a new book in the field of computer and IT law this past January. Co-authored with IP litigator Christopher Van Barr, Legal Protection of Software: Patents and Trade-marks is a reference guide to patents and trade-marks as they relate to software protection, and discusses a myriad of issues involved in patenting or trademarking software in Canada and internationally.

This book is the first in a two-part series on software IP.  The second book discusses copyrights for software and will be published later in 2012.

LexisNexis Canada, softcover, 240 Pages, ISBN: 9780433443384.




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