Events

Feb
28
Thu
Guth Visiting Lecture in Legal History: John P.S. McLaren @ Robson Hall
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Annual DeLloyd J. Guth Visiting Lecture in Legal History:
Dr. John P.S. McLaren
Thursday, February 28, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dr. John P.S. McLaren is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law. Among his various accomplishments, Professor McLaren is the author of numerous legal history monographs and articles with a focus on colonial law, social justice, cultural diversity, religion, and public morality. He also co-founded the Canadian Law and Society Association.  The title of his talk will be: “Lawyers in the ‘slammer’ and in Hiding: The Price of Advocating for Unpopular Causes at the British Columbia Bar, 1900-1940”.

Lunch will follow in the Common Room.

Mar
7
Thu
Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series: Hilary Young @ Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Hilary Young, Associate Professor
Faculty of Law University of New Brunswick

Hilary Young will speak to the Robson Hall community onCanadian Defamation Law in the Internet Age.”

Bio and Research (source: www.unb.ca/faculty-staff/directory/law/young-hilary.html)

Hilary Young. Photo by Cameron Fitch UNB

Hilary joined the Faculty of Law at UNB in 2012. After clerking for Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada, she was a civil litigator at Cox & Palmer in Halifax. She has an international reputation as a defamation law scholar and also has expertise in health law – especially the law of informed consent. Her research has been cited by the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Recent research projects include an empirical investigation of Canadian defamation actions. That work showed that damages in cases from 2003-2013 were more than double those from 1973-83, even when adjusted for inflation. It also identified a very low rate of liability and higher rates of liability where the defendant is a journalist.

Hilary is working with the Law Commission of Ontario on its defamation law reform project. In addition to being a member of the Advisory Committee, she was commissioned (along with Emily Laidlaw of the University of Calgary) to write a report on internet intermediary liability in defamation. The work examines what responsibility intermediaries like Google, Facebook or Twitter have for user-generated defamatory content under current law, and what changes should be made to better reflect blameworthiness and protect free speech.

Hilary has a SSHRC-funded project on the publication element of defamation. In addition to considering internet intermediary liability, she is examining the multiple publication and repetition rules.

Hilary’s work on “Rasouli consent” – the need for consent to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment – was cited by the Supreme Court in Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, [2013] 3 SCR 341.

Mar
14
Thu
Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series @ Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Details to come.

Mar
21
Thu
Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series @ Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Details to come.

Mar
28
Thu
Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series: Sean Rehaag @ Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series Presents Professor Sean Rehaag of Osgoode Hall Law School.

 

More details to come.

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