Announcements and events

John Borrows wins national Killam Prize
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the 2017 Killam Prize in Social Sciences to John Borrows during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on May 30, 2017. Photo: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall, OSGG

Canadian Civil Liberties Association rights education roadshow comes to UVic Law

On November 10, 2022, UVic Law and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) are hosting a joint event in UVic Law’s Fraser building focussed on equity, diversity, inclusion and civil rights in the legal profession. High school and post-secondary students, as well as educators are welcome. Students will have a chance to critically examine important rights issues from multiple perspectives as they engage directly with legal and Charter experts who are working to make positive social change and challenging systemic barriers across the country.

Dr. Val Napoleon elected chair of the international Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

At the 2022 annual general meeting of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Dr. Val Napoleon was elected Chair of the Board of Directors, after serving for the past three years on the Board. “I’m thrilled, it is an honour to serve with a team of talented and dedicated colleagues,” says Dr. Napoleon. “The Urgent Action Fund is an organization with incredible reach and impact around the world in support of women and girls. We mobilize people and resources to make an immediate and tangible impact on the safety and security of women and girls around the world, and we defend and advocate for the improvement of women and girl’s rights where the needs are greatest.”

David Milward’s new book addresses the crisis of Indigenous over-incarceration in Canada’s criminal justice system

The book, Milward’s third, explores the lasting fallout from the Indian residential school system in Canada and the history of violence and intergenerational trauma which is a key contributing factor to the current crisis of Indigenous over-incarceration in the criminal justice system.

A global perspective: Ted L. McDorman retires after 37 years with UVic Law

Professor Ted McDorman has served with distinction at UVic’s Faculty of Law since 1985, “with time off for good behaviour,” he says humorously, while sharing fascinating stories about far-flung work assignments that made him in high demand for his legal expertise around the world.

Gerry Ferguson retires after 45 distinguished years with UVic Law

Distinguished Professor Gerry Ferguson combines the youthful passion and curiosity more commonly associated with a lawyer just beginning his career, with the wisdom, humility and ‘can do’ attitude of a confident senior leader in his field who has seen and done it all. Well loved and respected for his many career accomplishments in teaching, scholarship and administrative leadership as well as his dedicated, long-term mentorship of students and younger colleagues, Ferguson is retiring this summer after an incredible 45 years with UVic’s Faculty of Law.

2022 Law School Gold Medalist: Kelty McKerracher

McKerracher is a member of the first graduating class from UVic’s world-leading joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (‘JD/JID’). She is also the 2022 recipient of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Gold Medal at UVic Law, presented to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average in either the JD or the JD/JID program.

Triple Crown: A Historic First at UVic Law as Professor Iyioha granted Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion

In a history-making motion by the University of Victoria, Dr. Irehobhude O. Iyioha has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Law after a unanimous vote by the Reappointment, Promotions and Tenure (RPT) Committee of the Faculty of Law.

First recipient of Joe Arvay Legacy Fund models the humanitarian values of its namesake

For third-year law student Nick Sayed, the University of Victoria (UVic) was his first and only choice to earn his law degree. “I was accepted into several universities, but the reason I decided on UVic was because of its focus on social justice, including Indigenous rights and environmental and international law,” he says. “These are very important issues to me and it turns out that UVic has been the perfect fit.”

2022 William McIntyre Medalist: Nyssa Lessingham

After three years full of memorable moments, hard work and cultivating friendships that will last a lifetime, Nyssa Lessingham is excited to graduate from the Juris Doctor (JD) program this June with her law degree. While she won’t be able to attend convocation in person, she will be watching the ceremony live from afar, and plans to cheer on her peers as they cross the stage to receive their degrees, while enjoying the special moment when UVic’s Chancellor recognises her as this year’s recipient of the William McIntyre medal for demonstrating the highest qualities of community service, student leadership and academic excellence over the course of her degree.

Indigenous Law: Today and Tomorrow

The UVic Faculty of Law presents: Indigenous Law: Today and Tomorrow with John Borrows and Val Napoleon 7:30 p.m. Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria. Join Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, Indigenous leaders, community members, and scholars to mark this historic moment as we celebrate the launch of the world’s first Indigenous law degree. Dr. Borrows will explore Salish Law and Land: Lessons Learned and Dr. Napoleon will look at the future of Indigenous Law: Fast Forward. This free public lecture has reserved seating.

Sept 15: Law Class of '93 - 25th Reunion Weekend

Join us in celebrating the Law Class of '93! This reunion will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with fellow grads! Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 pm: Meet and greet with classmates and former professors in the Fraser Building 6:00 pm: Dinner & Dance at the University Club Cost: $125 per person (includes catering, gratuity and taxes) Sunday, September 16, 2018 10:00 am: Golf (optional, not included in above price) at Cordova Bay Golf Course If you have any questions, please contact Liz Eby, Law Alumni Relations Officer at or 250-853-3518.

To have an event, program or service posted on the digital signage in the Fraser Building, please follow the Notice Standards and Instructions detailed below.

Digital Signage Notice Standards:

  1. The event, program or service being promoted in the notice must be one that is sponsored by the University, the Faculty of Law or a UVic recognized student organization or group.
  2. The subject matter of the notice should be relevant to the broad audience who will view this signage in the Fraser Building.
  3. The notice should be clean, simple and attractive, with a maximum 30 words of text.  Viewers will only have a few seconds to view your information so the goal is to have them follow up on your messaging.
  4. Please include the date the notice can be removed from the display. Unless the notice is for an ongoing program, it will be displayed for a maximum duration of one month.
  5. Signed photo releases must be obtained from any individuals who are identifiable in an image used in a notice.  Stock photos are not permitted. - Photo Release Form  (For additional information on photo standards, please expand the accordion at the bottom of this tab)
  6. The notice should not include any commercial content that could be construed as third party advertising.
  7. All notices are subject to review and approval.

Digital Signage Notice Submission Instructions:

The notice must be:

  • One page long
  • Submitted to at least one week before the desired start date
  • Submitted as a JPEG using one of the methods below:
  1. Use one of the following PowerPoint templates provided:

New templates available here:

To save a PowerPoint 2010 slide as a JPEG (using a PC):

      • Under the File tab, click save as
      • Under the 'File name:' text box, name your notice using the following file naming convention: Expiration date - Descriptor - Law; where Expiration Date is the end date of your notice. The date must be written as: YYYY MM DD
      • Under the 'Save as type:' text box, use the drop down arrow to select 'JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg)
      • Click the Save button
      • You will see a pop-up box that says: "Do you want to export every slide in the presentation or only the current slide?" Click Current Slide Only. This option is selected as your notice may only be one slide in length.
      • Attach your newly created jpeg file in an email to: 

To save a PowerPoint 2010 slide as a JPEG (using a MAC):

      • Click File, save as
      • Under the 'File name:' text box, name your notice using the following file naming convention: Expiration date - Descriptor - Law; where Expiration Date is the end date of your notice. The date must be written as: YYYY MM DD
      • Under the 'Save as type:' text box, use the drop down arrow to select 'JPEG'
      • Under the 'Options:' text box, enter the width of the image as 1920 px, and the height as 1080 px
      • Click the Save button
      • Attach your newly created jpeg file in an email to:

      2.  Create your own JPEG:

  • All slide content must be created to the dimensions of 1920x1080 pixels (or 1280x720), have a resolution of 300ppi (pixels per square inch) and be provided as JPEG files.

Please be aware that if the notice has spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, or inappropriate content, the notice will be returned to the sender. The sender will need to make the necessary changes and re-submit the notice before it is posted on the digital display.

For additional information on digital signage design standards, please see this resource created by the University of Victoria Communications and Marketing department

Photo Standards

  1. Stock photos taken from the Internet (google image, company and university websites etc.) should be avoided.
  2. If you ask a student to provide you with a photo, you must ensure that they themselves have taken the photo or that they have permission from a third party to use the photo (i.e. if a friend took it). Written permission via email is sufficient.
  3. If you would like to use a photo of a partner university, it is best to reach out to your contact at that university and gain their express permission or ask who within the university is best to chat with. Often times, they will send you a high resolution jpeg file of the logo which is preferable.
  4. If you would like to use the logo of a law firm, you have to get in touch with the firm to ask permission.
  5. Any individuals who are identifiable in the photo must sign a photo release form. The only exception is if the photo was taken at a public event where it was reasonable for the student to assume that photos would be taken.