Desautels Lecture Series Presents: Matthew Bellamy on “Family Firm to Managerial Enterprise: Three Generations of Labatts and the Bootlegging Manager-Entrepreneur who saved the Brewery from Prohibition.”
Jan 25 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The very first lecture in the Desautels Lecture series will be conducted by Professor Matthew Bellamy of the Carleton University’s Department of History.

Talk Title: “Family Firm to Managerial Enterprise: Three Generations of Labatts and the Bootlegging Manager-Entrepreneur Who Saved the Brewery from Prohibition.”

Cover of book, Brewed in the North: A History of Labatt's by Matthew J. BellamyThe lecture will consider the nature of family relationships at Labatt’s. Did the family business experience a Buddenbrooks effect? How did the entrepreneurial skills of one generation of Labatts compare to those of another, and those of Edmund Burke, the general manager of the brewery during prohibition? What values did the founder of the company, John Kinder Labatt, establish to guide the business over time? Were these values dangerous path dependents that trapped his heirs in the cage of tradition? How did the brewery survive prohibition?

This event will take place virtually, over Zoom.

Matthew J. Bellamy is an associate professor of history at Carleton University. He specializes in Canadian business, political and cultural history. He is the author of Profiting the Crown: Canada’s Polymer Corporation, 1942-1990, for which he received the 2006 National Business Book Award.  His latest research has taken him into the realm of brewing history. His book Brewed in the North: A History of Labatt’s was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Professor Bellamy contends that no industry is more revealing about culture, history and attitudes.

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The Desautels Research Lecture Series brings noted scholars to the Centre to speak on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of private enterprise, law and the humanities. The lecture series is intended to showcase the power of multidisciplinary approaches to understanding businesses.

Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Dr. Helen Duffy (Leiden University)
Feb 1 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series is pleased to welcome Dr. Helen Duffy of Leiden University, Professor of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

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About Dr. Helen Duffy

Dr. Duffy is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow (LLB), University College London (LLM), Edinburgh (Dip.LP) and Leiden (PhD). She is Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow, and visiting professor at the University of Melbourne and American University. She has published prolifically on international law and practice and her current areas of research include human rights litigation,  the interplay of human rights and humanitarian law and several issues related to counter-terrorism, human rights and the rule of law.

Since January 2015 she has been the Gieskes Chair of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. This chair is funded by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds.

Dr. Duffy runs ‘Human Rights in Practice,’ an international practice based in the Hague that specializes in strategic litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies ( She held a variety of international legal positions prior to establishing her practice in 2011 including: Legal Director of INTERIGHTS, Legal Officer in the Prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Counsel to Human Rights Watch/New York, Legal Director of the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (Guatemala), Legal Adviser to the UK ‘Arms for Iraq’ Inquiry and Legal Officer in the UK government legal service.


Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Dr. Darcy Lindberg (UVic Law) @ Virtual
Feb 3 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Dr. Darcy Lindberg (UVic Law) @ Virtual

The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents Dr. Darcy Lindberg from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law.

The title of Dr. Lindberg’s talk is “Promises to Keep: Cree Treaties, Cree Ceremonies, and Pathways to a Shared Constitution.”

About Dr. Darcy Lindberg

Darcy Lindberg is mixed-rooted Plains Cree, with his family coming from maskwâcîs (Samson Cree Nation) in Alberta and the Battleford-area in Saskatchewan. He holds a BA from the University of Alberta, and a JD, LLM and PhD from UVic. He has taught courses at the University of Alberta on constitutional law, Indigenous legal traditions, treaties, and Indigenous environmental legal orders.

Darcy was called to the British Columbia and Yukon bars in 2014, and practiced in the Yukon Territory with Davis LLP.  His research focuses on nêhiyaw law, ecological governance through Indigenous legal orders, gender and Indigenous ceremonies, comparative approaches in nêhiyaw and Canadian constitutionalism, and Indigenous treaty making. In 2021-22, he will be teaching one of the field schools in the JD/JID program.


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13th Annual DeLloyd J. Guth Visiting Lecture in Legal History: Dr. Barrington Walker @ Zoom
Feb 10 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
13th Annual DeLloyd J. Guth Visiting Lecture in Legal History: Dr. Barrington Walker @ Zoom

Robson Hall presents the 13th Annual DeLloyd J. Guth Visiting Lecture in Legal History featuring Dr. Barrington Walker

Dr. Walker will be speaking on: “Inchoate Citizens: Black Canadians, Law and the Racial State.”

This presentation draws from published work and works in progress. It explores the Canadian racial state formation, law and the Black Canadian experience over time. The talk will begin with a discussion of slavery, law and the question of freedom. It will move to a discussion of Black Canadians and citizenship in the post slavery era and the law’s role in both supporting the conditions of Black unfreedom and providing an avenue for contesting it.

About Dr. Walker
Dr. Barrington Walker is a Professor in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. He is Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Office of the Provost and VP Academic.

In his biography, Dr. Walker describes his research as follows:

“A historian of Modern Canada, my work focuses on the histories of Blacks, race immigration and the law. It seeks to illuminate the contours of Canadian modernity by exploring Canada’s emergence as racial state through its histories of white supremacy, slavery, colonization/immigration, segregation and Jim Crowism. Much of my work considers how these practices were legitimized, and in some instances contested, by the rule of law and legal institutions.”

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Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Nayha Acharya (Schulich School of Law) @ Online
Feb 15 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Nayha Acharya (Schulich School of Law) @ Online

NEW DATE: February 15!

The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series is pleased to present Dr. Nayha Acharya (Schulich School of Law) as a special guest speaker from Dalhousie University.

The title of Dr. Acharya’s talk is “Adjudication and Mediation are Cousins Playing in the Same Sandbox: Reflections on Mandatory Mediation.”

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The Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to the event date.


My broad purpose in the talk is to discuss how adjudication and mediation (two related but very distinct dispute resolution systems) should come together to form a holistic, legitimate civil justice system.  My premise is that a legitimate civil justice process will demonstrably recognize and uphold, equally, everyone’s human dignity. That is at the core of a valid legal system that deserves the authority that it asserts. I question how mandatory mediation fares in terms of upholding these central values of equality and human dignity through three related lenses.

First, the theoretical angle: mandating mediation constitutes, I suggest, an inappropriate hurdle to accessing rule of law (which is prioritized in the adjudicative process), and that amounts to an affront to the dignity of those governed by the legal system.

Second, I focus on how parties may experience court-annexed mediation: given that the dominant discourse holds that mediation is valuable because of its efficiency, quick settlements are seen as the best possible outcomes of mediation. This commitment has been shown to be costly for parties in terms of fairness in both process and outcome because of settlement pressure. Moreover, prioritizing fast settlement may prevent parties of experiencing the substantive values of mediation like self-determination, cooperative problem-solving, opportunities to give and get empathetic understanding, all of which align with the value of human dignity.

The third is the related social justice lens: critical race and feminist scholars have shed light on the dangers of informal dispute resolution, demonstrating that already marginalized community members are at greater risk of coercion in those settings.

These perspectives, taken together, suggest that mandatory mediation is inappropriate because of its potential to diminish human dignity and equal treatment. Simultaneously, however, the analysis also demonstrates that having access to good mediation programs enhances the autonomy of parties to a conflict and has great potential to improve the protection of human dignity in the civil justice process.

I conclude, therefore, with reflections on the way forward: first, effecting a culture shift that recognizes the value of adjudication for maintaining rule of law and appreciates mediation for its substantive values (self-determination, holistic, cooperative problem solving); second, designing student, lawyer, judicial, mediator, and public training to reflect that conceptual shift; and third, committing to continual empirical assessment of mediation programs in accordance with the above noted conceptual shift.


About Dr. Acharya:

Dr. Nayha Acharya is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law. She completed her LLB at the University of Alberta, then articled and practiced at the Edmonton law firm Reynolds, Mirth, Richards and Farmer before pursuing graduate studies at Schulich, obtaining an LLM in 2012 and a PhD in 2017.

Her current research interests include alternative dispute resolution, civil procedure and procedural justice, legal theory, dispute resolution and medical negligence. Dr. Acharya has also taught Civil Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Introduction to Law and Law and Ethics.

Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Teresa Scassa (UOttawa) @ Moot Courtroom, Robson Hall
Mar 8 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents: Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.

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About Dr. Scassa:

Dr. Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Canadian Trademark Law (2d edition, LexisNexis 2015), and Electronic Commerce and Internet Law in Canada, (CCH Canadian Ltd. 2012) (winner of the 2013 Walter Owen Book Prize). She is a past member of the External Advisory Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and of the Canadian Government Advisory Committee on Open Government. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy.

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