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.
Guest Speaker: Hilary Young, Associate Professor
Faculty of Law University of New Brunswick
Hilary Young will speak to the Robson Hall community on “Canadian Defamation Law in the Internet Age.”
Bio and Research (source: www.unb.ca/faculty-staff/directory/law/young-hilary.html)
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,  3 SCR 341.
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