Dr. Virginia Torrie
Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada, R3T 2N2
Professor Torrie completed her JD and LLM (by thesis) degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and her PhD from Kent Law School, University of Kent (UK). As part of her JD studies she completed 14 research papers as well as courses at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Monash University. She was awarded The Honourable F.H. Barlow Scholarship for Excellence in Commercial Law to pursue her LLM, and studied Accounting at the Schulich School of Business as part of her graduate course work. Professor Torrie’s PhD was supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
Professor Torrie’s PhD dissertation is the first comprehensive study of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) from an historical and socio-legal perspective. It builds substantively on her prior insolvency and securities law research conducted during her JD and LLM studies. Her dissertation argues that large secured creditors have been primary drivers and beneficiaries of CCAA law over time.
Professor Torrie has presented her research at conferences in Canada and England, including the INSOL Europe Academic Forum, and published in law journals in Canada, the United States, England, and Colombia. Her co-authored research on CCAA law has been cited by the Ontario Court of Appeal. Professor Torrie has also been an invited guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School on financial regulation and insolvency law. She has served as Book Reviews Editor for the Banking & Finance Law Review since 2010.
Professor Torrie is actively researching in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency law, corporate/commercial law, and legal history. She is the recipient of a University Research Grant from the University of Manitoba, and a Theodor Kerzner Q.C. grant from the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. Her interdisciplinary research approach draws on social science research approaches such as historical institutionalism and recursivity of law to study cycles of legal change. She uses this theoretical framework to shed light on how “law in practice” influences “law on the books” and vice versa, and to highlight the endurance of institutional arrangements over time.
- Book Review: Jennifer Payne, Schemes of Arrangement (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), (2016) 58.3 Canadian Business Law Journal 345-354.
- Case Comment: Saskatchewan (Attorney General) v Lemare Lake Logging Ltd., 2015 SCC 53, (2016) 31.2 Banking & Finance Law Review 403-409.
- Book Review: Thomas G.W. Telfer, Ruin and Redemption (Toronto: University of Toronto Press for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014), (2016) 31.2 Banking & Finance Law Review 427-432.
- “Farm Insolvency in Canada” (2013) 2 Journal of the Insolvency Institute of Canada 33-66 (co-authored with Stephanie Ben-Ishai)
- “Restructuring the Third-Party Asset-Back Commercial Paper Market in Canada”, in Rebecca Parry, ed., Too Big to Fail?: Large National and International Failures under the Spotlight (Nottingham: INSOL Europe, 2013), Chapter 4, 59-73 pp. [Published papers from the INSOL Europe Academic Forum & Joint International Insolvency Conference (Nottingham, June 2012)]
- Book Review: Jay Lawrence Westbrook, Charles D. Booth, Christoph G. Paulus & Harry Rajak, eds., A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (Boston: The World Bank and Brill, 2010), (2011) 25:5 Journal of Business Law 528-531
- “A ‘Cost’-Benefit Analysis: Examining Professional Fees in CCAA Proceedings” (2010) Annual Review of Insolvency Law 185-212 (co-authored with Stephanie Ben-Ishai)
- “Weathering the Global Financial Crisis: An Overview of the Canadian Experience” (2010) 16:1 Law and Business Review of the Americas 25-51
- Translated into Spanish and republished in a Colombian law journal: (2012) 1 Precedente: Anuario Jurídico 227-262
Conferences, Workshops, Panels, Lectures
- Presenter and Panel Co-Organizer, Twentieth-Century Developments in Economic Institutions: Legal, Political, and Organizational Change “Changing Social Connections in Time and Space”, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Social Sciences History Association (Montréal, 2-5 November 2017)
- Discussant, Historical GIS and the Study of War, “Changing Social Connections in Time and Space”, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Social Sciences History Association (Montréal, 2-5 November 2017)
- Presenter, “Farm Insolvency and the Politics of Canadian Federalism: A Socio-Legal History of the Farmers’ Creditors Arrangement Act, 1934”, Power, Politics, and the State in Canadian History: Confederation and Beyond, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, 29-30 September 2017)
- Co-Organizer, Comparing Commercial Law on the Farm and on the Reserve: A Workshop on “Lost Harvests”, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, 27 June 2017)
- Panellist, Roundtable on Building an Inclusive Corporate-Commercial Classroom, “Educating the Whole Lawyer” Canadian Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference (Victoria, 10 June 2017)
- Presenter and Panel Co-Organizer, “Should Paramountcy Protect Secured Creditor Rights? Saskatchewan v Lemare Lake Logging in Historical Context”, “Federalism in Action: Bankruptcy” Panel, The Canadian Confederation: Past, Present, and Future, Faculté de Droit, Programme de Common Law, Université de Montréal (Montréal, 16 May 2017)
- Presenter and Panel Co-Organizer, “Farm Debt Compromises, 1930s-1940s: An Empirical Study of Morden County, MB”, “Law, Insolvency and Freedom of Contract” Panel, “Energizing Communities” Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Conference (Calgary, 28 May 2016)
- “Legal Aspects of Farm Succession”, Lecture delivered to Succession/Transition Considerations in Farm Management Course, Agriculture Diploma Program, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, 17 March 2017)
- Panellist (Law), Panel Evaluating Projects completed as part of Management Planning Project Capstone Course, Agriculture Diploma Program, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, 13 March 2017)
- Panellist, Roundtable on Teaching Insolvency Law, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta (Edmonton, 10 June 2016)
- Panel Chair, The Constitution in the Insolvency Toolbox – Symposium, Legal Education Society of Alberta (Edmonton, 9 June 2016)
- “Legal Aspects of Farm Succession”, Lecture delivered to Succession/Transition Considerations in Farm Management Course, Agriculture Diploma Program, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, 21 March 2016)
- Panellist (Law), Panel Evaluating Projects completed as part of Management Planning Project Capstone Course, Agriculture Diploma Program, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, 15 March 2016)