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Richard McLaren joins WADA investigation into Russian doping allegations

December 17, 2014

Western law professor and veteran sport arbitrator Richard McLaren has been appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of widespread, systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.

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Two Western Law professors appointed to the bench

December 15, 2014

Two Western Law professors have been tapped for judicial appointments. Professor Grant Huscroft will serve on the Ontario Court of Appeal and Professor Bradley Miller will sit on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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Botterell: Massacre opens eyes to different ways women experience the world

December 12, 2014

Among the many repeating events listed on my computer’s calendar, two are of particular salience to me. One is a cause for celebration; the other for sadness.

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Distinguished alumni honoured

November 25, 2014

It was an evening celebrating three of Western Law’s best. The 2014 Alumni Awards of Distinction held November 19 in Toronto honoured Kim Beatty, LLB’83, Stephen Coxford, LLB’77, and Jacqueline Moss, LLB’88.

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Reflections on philanthropy - A Q & A with Adam Parachin

November 17, 2014

Western Law professor Adam Parachin specializes in the area of charities and not-for-profit law. He talks about the state of charity law in Canada and what attracted him to this area of legal research.

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Francis argues for Canada/U.S. economic union at CUSLI Lecture

November 13, 2014

What if Canada and the United States merged into one country? Award-winning journalist Diane Francis explored this intriguing and provocative topic before a full house at Western Law on November 10.

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New book analyses origins of Canadian bankruptcy laws

November 12, 2014

Western Law professor Thomas Telfer’s new book "Ruin and Redemption: The Struggle for a Canadian Bankruptcy Law, 1867-1919" analyses the ideas, interests, and institutions that shaped the evolution of Canadian bankruptcy law.

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Legal education for the public good

November 05, 2014

From the collapse of a major law firm to the establishment of two new law schools in the country, Canadian legal education needs to adapt to a changing landscape. Dean W. Iain Scott is leading a process of renewal and innovation at Western Law.

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Legal ethics explored at conference

November 04, 2014

Scholars, regulators, judges and graduate students gathered at Western Law on October 23 to 25 for the 8th annual Canadian Association for Legal Ethics (CALE) conference.

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Canada/U.S. merger focus of CUSLI lecture

October 29, 2014

Most Canadians instinctively recoil from the idea of becoming American. But in her latest book, Merger of the Century, author and editor Diane Francis challenges the idea that both countries have little to gain by continuing to go their separate ways.

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PhD student garners prestigious international law award

October 21, 2014

Western Law PhD student, Kirsten Stefanik, has been awarded the Canadian Council on International Law's Ronald St. John Macdonald Young Scholars Award.

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Jamieson honoured by Ontario Universities

October 20, 2014

Roberta L. Jamieson, LLB’76, LLD’93, has been awarded the David C. Smith Award by the Council of Ontario Universities for her advocacy of Aboriginal education in Canada, and her dedication to improving access and increasing career success of Aboriginal learners.

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Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence to publish with Cambridge

October 20, 2014

The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (CJLJ), which has been published in-house at Western Law since 1988, has joined the roster of journals published by Cambridge University Press.

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Law student paper winner in global academic competition

October 08, 2014

Shawn Therien ’14 has been named among the international winners of The Undergraduate Awards, a worldwide competition recognizing top undergraduate work.

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Lerners Cup fuels appellate advocacy skills

October 07, 2014

Jessica Wuthmann won Top Oralist at the 2014 Lerners Cup, an advocacy competition that provides law students the opportunity to argue a hypothetical case before an appellate court.

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Richard McLaren recipient of Huron Alumni Award of Distinction

September 25, 2014

Western Law professor Richard McLaren was the 2014 recipient of Huron College’s Alumni Award of Distinction. The award is presented for outstanding achievement in a professional field and community service, enriching the lives of others through generous gifts of time and talent.

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SSHRC grant facilitates research in charity law

September 19, 2014

Professor Adam Parachin will explore ways to modernise the regulatory framework for charities in Canada thanks to a generous $198,300 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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Visiting prof offers expertise in international trade

September 18, 2014

Law professor Bryan Mercurio from The Chinese University of Hong Kong taught an intensive course at Western Law on International Trade Law, Investment and Health from September 8-12.

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Oosterveld named inaugural member of Royal Society’s ‘College'

September 16, 2014

Western Law professor Valerie Oosterveld has been named among 91 inaugural members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The Royal Society of Canada is the highest recognized membership for scholars in Arts, Humanities and Sciences in our country.

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Workshop explores international economic law

September 15, 2014

A Canada-U.S. Law Institute International Economic Law Workshop held on September 13 gave scholars an opportunity to share work in progress in the field of international economic law.

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Legal Aid Ontario funds family law services at CLS

September 02, 2014

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is providing over $2 million over three years to six university-operated legal clinics to provide family law services for low-income Ontarians.

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Dean Scott welcomes Class of 2017

September 02, 2014

Dean Iain Scott welcomed the Class of 2017 to their official first day at Western Law and encouraged them to make the most of their law school journey.

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Student papers capture Insolvency Institute awards

August 13, 2014

Tori Crawford ’14 has won first place, and Shawn Therien placed second, in the 2014 Insolvency Institute of Canada’s law student writing award competition.

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New Associate Dean appointment

August 11, 2014

Dean W. Iain Scott is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Valerie Oosterveld as the Associate Dean (Research and Administration) effective July 1, 2014. Oosterveld teaches and publishes widely in the areas of Public International Law and International Criminal Law.

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Alumna honoured with Community Service Award

August 06, 2014

Living with deafness did not stop Alumna Lorin MacDonald, JD'09 from pursuing her dream of studying law at Western. Today, she is using those skills to lead the way for greater accessibility for all in Ontario and nationally, and is the recipient of a 2014 Alumni Award of Merit for Community Service.

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Western Law garners funding success

July 16, 2014

Professors Jason Neyers, Andrew Botterell, Erika Chamberlain, Stephen Pitel and Zoe Sinel have been awarded a $16,000 Bridge Grant from Western's internal SSHRC support program to conduct a one year project titled "Rights and Tort Law: A Canadian Perspective".

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Valerie Oosterveld brings expertise to Global Summit

June 23, 2014

Prof. Valerie Oosterveld was a key player at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Summit, held June 10-13 in London, England, was co-hosted by the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie.

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Pearson: Our most powerful office is the individual citizen

June 19, 2014

The individual is the most powerful force of change, Executive Director of the London Food Bank Glen Pearson told graduates at the Wednesday, June 18 afternoon session of Western’s 303rd Convocation.

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Class of 2014 urged to be bold, explore opportunities

June 18, 2014

Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the class of 2014 at the Law awards ceremony held at Althouse College on June 18. Dean Iain Scott told graduates that with their achievement comes responsibility.

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Examining the Global Summit to end sexual violence in conflict

June 04, 2014

Professor Valerie Oosterveld chaired a roundtable in Ottawa, along with the British High Commissioner to Canada, Howard Drake, and the Nobel Women’s Initiative, to discuss the upcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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Western mourns the death of W. R. Poole

June 04, 2014

The Western Law community is mourning the death of William R. (Bill) Poole, a former distinguished adjunct law professor, who died Sunday, May 25 at age 96.

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Western Law serves up moot success

May 15, 2014

Western Law had a successful showing at a number of external moots this past year.

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Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission evaluated

May 13, 2014

Western Law’s Moot Court Room was the focus of intense discussion at a conference hosted by Western University’s Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction on the mandate and achievements of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Law professor witness to historic copyright clash

May 09, 2014

Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson had a front row seat for an historic disagreement between nation states at the Subcommittee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organization held in Geneva last week.

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New book features leading constitutional theorists

April 29, 2014

Western Law professors Grant Huscroft and Professor Bradley Miller, along with London School of Economics professor Gregoire Webber are the editors of the new book Proportionality and the Rule of Law, Rights, Justification, Reasoning published by Cambridge University Press.

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Law & Economics Seminar features visiting legal scholars

April 14, 2014

Western Law students are learning about the economic analysis of law from some of the top scholars in the field thanks to a generous gift from the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault LLP.

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Finnis recounts path to the Charter at Coxford lecture (Video)

April 10, 2014

Influential constitutional scholar Professor John Finnis provided an insider’s account of the role played by the UK Parliament in the 1982 patriation of the Canadian Constitution at the annual Coxford Lecture held April 8.

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John Finnis to deliver 2014 Coxford Lecture on the Charter

March 24, 2014

The renowned legal philosopher and constitutional scholar John Finnis will speak on "Patriation and Patrimony: The path to the Charter" at the 6th annual Coxford Lecture at Western Law on April 8.

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Prof. Margaret Martin’s book explores legal positivism

March 21, 2014

Western Law professor Margaret Martin’s new book, Judging Positivism, published by Hart Publishing, is a critical exploration of the method and substance of legal positivism.

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Bob Rae discusses Ring of Fire mining development

March 19, 2014

The Hon. Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and former leader of the federal Liberal party, will speak about the widely publicized Northern Ontario Ring of Fire mining development on March 20 at 12:30.

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Western Law welcomes new Director of Development

March 13, 2014

Western Law is pleased to announce that Manon Bone will assume the position of Director of Development for the Faculty of Law effective March 17, 2014.

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Energy and the economy focus of CUSLI conference

March 04, 2014

The 2014 CUSLI Conference will examine issues concerning the environment, economic opportunity, foreign direct investment, infrastructure, and even the strength of bi-national trade relationship.

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Law forum explores impact of new weapons technology

March 03, 2014

Students from the law faculties of Windsor and Western explored the laws of armed conflict and new technologies at the third Western-Windsor International Humanitarian Law Forum hosted by Western Law on February 28.

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Bringing justice to the community

February 28, 2014

After Law student Maeve Byrne met her first client, she realized just how important her job was. Byrne’s client at Western’s Community Legal Services (CLS) was a man with mental illness who believed in a variety of conspiracy theories. So caught up in his mental anguish, he lost track of his basic responsibilities, such as paying rent.

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Symposium to tackle growing problem: access to justice

February 14, 2014

It's an issue more and more Canadians are dealing with: they face legal problems but cannot afford to hire a lawyer to represent them. The Faculty of Law at Western is bringing together key stakeholders to discuss solutions to the growing issue of equal access to justice.

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Research grant to support study of amicus briefs

February 14, 2014

Western Law professor Anna Dolidze has been awarded a $15,850 Seed Grant from Western’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Board to study the role and influence of Amicus Curiae briefs at international tribunals.

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Course gives students first-hand view of International Organizations

February 10, 2014

For 20 upper-year students, a recent trip to New York was really a trip around the world. The students, along with their professor, Valerie Oosterveld, visited New York to gain a close-up view of various international organizations as part of a Western Law intensive January Term course.

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Western Law congratulates Leo Strine Jr. on Delaware Supreme Court Appointment

June 29, 2017

Leo E. Strine Jr., Western Law’s 2011 Beattie Family Business and Law Speaker, was unanimously confirmed by the Delaware Senate on Wednesday January 29 as the next Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.

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New joint grad program with Law advances economics education

January 22, 2014

Western Economics professor Jim MacGee and his colleagues may have launched their newest venture Monday, but the real work has just begun. “This is the beginning of a journey, not the end,” said MacGee, co-director of Western’s new Master of Financial Economics (MFE) program.

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Western Journal of Legal Studies releases new issue, celebrates download milestone

January 17, 2014

The Western Journal of Legal Studies (WJLS) has released the first issue of its fourth volume, which comes on the heels of the Journal’s milestone 10,000th download last month.

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January Term brings new perspectives to classroom

January 08, 2014

High profile practising lawyers and visiting scholars from law schools around the world will join Western Law for the month of January to teach a broad variety of intensive courses.

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