Bankruptcy and Insolvency (Torrie)

Course Number:
LAW 3348
Course Description:

This course provides students with an introduction to Canadian bankruptcy and insolvency law under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. By the end of the course students will understand the main components of Canadian bankruptcy and insolvency law as well as the key policy issues.

Teaching Method:

The course is taught through lectures, policy discussions and in-class exercises. Lectures are used to convey many of the main statutory provisions and case law precedents, as well as the importance of contextual factors to legal analysis. Policy discussions are intended to prompt students to think critically about the policies underlying bankruptcy and insolvency law, and the impact of the law in practice. In-class exercises provide students with opportunities to practice applying the law to hypothetical facts. The interactive aspects of the course provide students with regular opportunities to ask questions, share ideas, challenge established viewpoints, and receive feedback.


Open-book exam worth 100% of the final grade. The exam will consist of a large fact pattern question and an essay question on policy.

Course Materials:

Stephanie Ben-Ishai & Thomas G.W. Telfer, eds., Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law in Canada: Cases, Text, and Problems (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2019)