KAIROS Blanket Exercise
Supreme Court of Canada Reception
Faculty of Law graduate student Clifford Lincoln successfully defended his Master of Laws thesis on September 14, 2018, a mere 13 days removed from his 90th birthday! Mr. Lincoln, born September 1, 1928, gave an oral defence of his thesis: “Sustainable Indigenous Land Management in Canada - A Model Inspired by Lessons from Barriere Lake and Haida Gwaii”.
He is one of the oldest students to successfully complete his studies at the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Lincoln, who had a long career as an insurance company executive, also served as a member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Nelligan from 1981-1989, and later as a federal Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis from 1993-2004. He served as Minister of the Environment at both the provincial and federal levels.
“I’ve always had a passion for continuing my education, but my lengthy career in politics prevented me from pursuing it earlier,” said Mr. Lincoln. “I had developed an idea for my thesis some time ago, and I wanted to pursue it and see it through before I wasn’t able to anymore!”
When asked if he had any advice for future students who might be considering graduate or post-secondary studies, he offered: “Education is the key to everything. I have always told my children that learning never stops; we can never have enough knowledge. I believe that everyone who has the ability to pursue their studies should do so.”
Professor Jamie Benidickson, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, and Professor Sophie Thériault, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section served as thesis directors. The evaluation committee was comprised of professors Heather McLeod-Kilmurray and Nathalie Chalifour of the Common Law Section, and Professor Kyle Kirkup, Common Law Section, chaired the defence.
Congratulations to Mr. Lincoln on his achievement!
The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section is pleased to announce that Stefanie Carsley, Anne Levesque and Sylvia Rich will join the Faculty as Assistant Professors in July 2019.
Stefanie Carsley is a doctoral candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She completed her BA and BCL/LLB degrees at McGill University and her LLM at the University of Toronto. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she clerked for the Honourable Madam Justice Johanne Trudel at the Federal Court of Appeal. Her research focuses on Canadian law and policy responses to assisted reproduction (in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood and sperm, egg and embryo donation). Her dissertation draws on qualitative interviews with Canadian fertility lawyers to assess the strengths and shortcomings of laws that criminalize paid surrogacy, establish the parentage of children born to surrogate mothers and define the legal status of surrogacy contracts. She has published in the Canadian Journal of Family Law, the University of British Columbia Law Review, the Health Law Review, the Dalhousie Law Journal and the Canadian Bar Review. Stefanie is a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar and received the Queen’s Fellowship as the highest ranked SSHRC doctoral award recipient entering a Canadian studies program. Previously, she was awarded the University of Toronto’s W.C.G. Howland Prize for most outstanding performance in the LLM program. She is also the recipient of several essay prizes: the Donald F. Sim QC Memorial Prize from Sim Ashton & McKay LLP, McGill’s J.S.D. Tory Writing Award and the Regroupement Droit, Changements et Gouvernance’s prize for best publication. It is expected that Ms. Carsley may teach Family Law, Criminal Law, Torts, Contracts, Property, Reproductive Law and Children and the Law. Ms. Carsley is proficient in both English and French and will join the Section’s English Program.
Anne Levesque studied history and political science before receiving her LLB from the University of Ottawa (Programme de common law français) in 2007. Anne obtained her Master’s in International Human Rights from Oxford University in 2016. Her research and her publications focus on human rights and public interest litigation. Anne was admitted to the bar in Ontario in 2008 and practised human rights law in private practice and also in a community legal clinic. She appeared before several administrative tribunals, Canadian courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and regional and international human rights bodies. Anne is one of the lawyers who represented the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society in its human rights case leading to a historic victory in 2016 which affirmed the right to equality for more than 165 000 Indigenous children. As the founding Director of the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD) at the uOttawa (2014-2018), she participated in the creation of an innovative program of experiential training for law graduates to acquire practice competencies, become involved in their communities and promote access to justice in French. Anne is actively involved in her community. She is currently associated with the Broadbent Institute, co-chair of the National Association of Women and the Law and Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. Anne is a member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society and a recipient of the Ontario Bar Association President's Award and the 150th Commemorative Medal of the Senate of Canada. It is expected that Ms. Levesque may teach Administrative Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, Labour / Employment Law, Family Law, National Security, Advocacy, etc. Ms. Levesque is proficient in both English and French and will join the Section's French Program
Sylvia Rich holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, common and civil law degrees from McGill University, and a B.A. from Concordia University. Her DPhil dissertation was entitled “The Moral Agency of Corporations and its Implications for Criminal Law Theory”. Dr. Rich received a grant from the Fonds de recherche Québec: Societé et culture to study at Oxford. She clerked for Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007-2008 and she worked at Ropes & Gray in New York as an associate attorney in 2008-09. . She has worked in the Canadian federal public service at Environment Canada and Transport Canada. She has taught courses in jurisprudence and the philosophy of punishment at the University of Oxford. Sylvia’s articles have appeared in Criminal Law and Philosophy and The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. Dr. Rich has presented at conferences at Oxford, University of Edinbururgh, Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Warwick. Her research interests lie in the areas of criminal law, corporate malfeasance, philosophy of law, critical legal theory, sociology of law, sentencing, and related topics. It is expected that Dr. Rich may teach criminal law and procedure, advanced criminal procedure, evidence, competition law, environmental law, business organizations, corporate law (corporate governance/structure), sentencing theory and practice and jurisprudence. Dr. Rich is proficient in both English and French and will join the Section’s English Program.
Faculty of Law, Common Law Professor Debra Steger has been appointed as a Senior Fellow with the C.D. Howe Institute, one of Canada’s most influential think tanks.
Professor Steger is a Full Professor in the Common Law Section and is an expert in the areas of international trade, investment, dispute settlement, international arbitration and the governance of international organizations.
Her research is focused on global economic governance with an emphasis on improvement and reform of international economic organizations, international trade and investment agreements, and dispute settlement mechanisms, such as the WTO and investment arbitration.
Professor Steger has published 11 books and over 140 articles, book chapters and reports. She is a regular commentator on issues relating to international trade, investment, and arbitration/dispute settlement, having appeared on CNBC, CBC News, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail and the National Post in recent months.
She recently completed a two-year term as the Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law on June 30, 2018.
William Robson, President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, acknowledged Professor Steger leadership and expertise in his announcement.
“Debra Steger is a leader in international economic law and policy, including in arbitration and dispute settlement. Her intellect and policy know-how are especially valuable during these turbulent times, and we at the C.D. Howe Institute look forward to her input to our program.”
The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. The Institute is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review.
Congratulations to Professor Steger on her appointment!
For more information: Debra Steger Appointed as C.D. Howe Institute Senior Fellow
Incoming first-year students at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, had the opportunity to participate in KAIROS Blanket Exercises as part of their orientation program.
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a unique, participatory history lesson, which tells the history of Indigenous people in Canada and the impacts of colonization. The exercise was developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators, and seeks to foster “truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.”
The Faculty hosted six Indigenous knowledge keepers, who conducted six separate workshops at the University on Wednesday, September 5.
“This marks the first time the law school has offered the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to incoming students, and I see it as part of our broader commitment towards reconciliation,” said Dean Adam Dodek. “It is a powerful, experiential learning activity that is made all the more poignant by the Indigenous knowledge keepers who facilitate the exercise.
“It can be a difficult exercise to sit through, but students will gain a deeper understanding of the hardships Indigenous peoples in Canada have faced, and what needs to occur for the healing process to continue.”
The Common Law Section recognizes the generous support received from the Ontario Bar Association, which helped us host these workshops on campus.
“Lawyers carry a heavy responsibility to ensure that Canada’s justice system serves everyone – that no one is left out. We were very proud to support the Kairos Blanket exercise for the class of 2021. The opportunity it gave them to witness, firsthand, the importance of being informed and educated about the shared history of indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada and how crucial it is to be respectful and impartial, is one that is going to serve them well in their chosen career path.”
- Lynne Vicars, President, Ontario Bar Association