2021 News

Western law prof to probe basketball abuse allegations

July 16, 2021 - The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has tasked Western Law professor Richard McLaren to lead an investigation into abuse allegations against coaches in Mali’s women’s basketball program

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Western stands with Muslim Community

June 08, 2021 - Western president Alan Shepard and leaders of Western’s affiliated university colleges issued the following statement on June 7, 2021: We are enraged and heartbroken at the news of a racist attack on members of London’s Muslim community. Western, Brescia, Huron and King’s offer our deepest sympathies and support to the family and friends of those who were killed and injured in what London Police Services has described as a premeditated hate crime.

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Pitel honoured for contributions to UWOFA

April 08, 2021 - Professor Stephen Pitel, former president of The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA), is the 2021 recipient of the Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award. The award honours outstanding service and achievement in financial, technical and policy development or analysis supporting UWOFA’s aims.

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Recent grad secures two court clerkships

March 31, 2021 - Emma Williams, JD’20, has accomplished the impressive feat of securing two consecutive judicial clerkships.  Following her current articling year at Lenczner Slaght, Williams will clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal in 2021-2022, and then at the Supreme Court of Canada in the chambers of Justice Abella’s successor.

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Professor Wade Wright new author of 'go-to' law treatise

March 22, 2021 - Western Law professor Wade Wright is assuming authorship of Peter Hogg’s Constitutional Law of Canada, the leading treatise about constitutional law in Canada. The book has been published in five editions and has become the most cited academic work in the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Claire Houston recipient of Dean's Research Fellowship

March 11, 2021 - Professor Claire Houston has been awarded this year’s Dean’s Research Fellowship for her project, “Spousal Support for Men”. Her research will provide both a theoretical and doctrinal analysis of spousal support as a vehicle for promoting both gender neutrality and substantive gender equality.

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Students volunteer for UN Women project on Commissions of Inquiry

May 06, 2021 - Western Law students gained valuable insights into gender issues in international humanitarian and human rights law – and helped shape the global conversation – while volunteering on a project for UN Women.

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Class of 2024 welcomed into law school, legal community

September 07, 2021 - The group of 185 incoming students signed Western Law’s Professionalism Pledge, in which they promise to conduct themselves with honesty, integrity and civility.

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Western Law welcomes new faculty

March 01, 2021 - Western Law is delighted to announce five new tenure track appointments. Francesco Ducci, Rory Gillis, Nadia Lambek, and Manish Oza will join Western Law’s faculty in July 2021 and Andy Yu, will join in 2022.

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Chamberlain on board to help select new SCC Justice

February 26, 2021 - Western Law Dean Erika Chamberlain has been appointed to provide advice that will help shape the composition of Canada’s highest court. She will help select potential candidates to fill vacancy created by retirement of Justice Rosalie Abella.

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Project mines new frontiers in outer-space law

February 04, 2021 - A new research project spearheaded by Professors Elizabeth Steyn and Valerie Oosterveld will examine if international environmental law can be employed to address gaps in the regulation of space mining. Their project is funded by a seed grant from Western’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration.

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Alumnae named to London’s 20 under 40 Class of 2020

January 26, 2021 - Carolynn Conron, LLM’13, Katelynn Drake, JD’17, and Rasha El-Tawil, LLB’07, were recently announced among a group of “disruptors, innovators, rebels and creators” named to London’s 20 under 40 Class of 2020.

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Law project examines pandemic’s impact on family justice

January 19, 2021 - COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted how courts conduct business – and now a new Western University-led research project will study the pandemic’s profound effect on people involved with Ontario’s family justice system.

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Conference Marks 100 Years of Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law

June 21, 2021 - Distinguished insolvency scholars, practitioners and policymakers from across Canada, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom explored the evolution of Canadian bankruptcy law and debated proposals for reform at a virtual conference hosted by Western Law on May 14-15.

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Research group celebrates decade of tort scholarship

January 18, 2021 - Members of Western’s Tort Law Research Group (TLRG) capped off a highly successful and productive first decade of research collaboration, publishing two new books in 2020 which carry on the legacy of the late Professor Gerald Fridman, and signal the increasing strength of tort law scholarship at Western Law.

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New year, new opportunities for students

January 07, 2021 - The new year brings new opportunities for law students during Western Law’s revamped January Intensive Period. This year, upper-year students will take two seven-day modules, thereby increasing their exposure to innovative and experiential learning during the period. 

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