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

UVic’s National Centre for Indigenous Laws wins prestigious design award

Located on Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) territory, the National Centre for Indigenous Laws* (NCIL) at the University of Victoria is still under construction but its architectural design is already winning awards. Slated to open in late Fall 2024, the NCIL has received a 2023 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, celebrating its Coast Salish design elements and focus on bringing the surrounding forest into the building.

Inuit Women law scholarship announced

UVic Law has created the Inuit Women Legal Scholar Award. One award of $20,000 is given to an entering or continuing undergraduate woman or two-spirit Inuit student in the Faculty of Law who has demonstrated leadership experience in their school or community.

President's statement on conflict in the Middle East

I write to express, on behalf of our university community, our horror at the terrorist attacks in Israel last week and the shocking violence unfolding in Gaza. We collectively offer our deepest condolences for the victims and innocent civilians caught up in this escalating cycle of violence. There are members of our university community who have lost family and loved ones, and our hearts go out to them and all who are affected by these tragic events. Acts of violence, hate and terrorism have no place in our shared pursuit of knowledge, understanding and peace.

In Memoriam - Donovan WM Waters, KC, FRSC, 1928-2023

Emeritus Professor Donovan WM Waters, KC, FRSC died on September 9 in Ottawa. Donovan joined the faculty in 1977 and officially retired in 1993 to spend the following 25 years practicing and consulting at the Bar in Victoria and Vancouver. The leading Canadian authority on trusts law and a global leader in this field, Donovan’s reputation brought great credit to the Faculty of Law and the University of Victoria. The University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 1995. Donovan and his late wife Maryla were mainstays of the faculty in its early days, and of Victoria’s arts community. In retirement, Donovan maintained strong connections to UVic Law. Ever kind and generous with his students and his colleagues, Donovan’s inspirational influence, even after his retirement from the Faculty, will be greatly missed. Further information about a memorial service is awaited, and we will post it when we receive it.

Freya Kodar appointed Dean of Law

Freya is a proud graduate of the faculty’s co-op program (Class of ’95) where she shared the William R. McIntyre Award for academic excellence, community service and student leadership. She returned to UVic Law as a faculty member in 2005, after time in practice, primarily in the area of poverty law, and after completing her graduate work at York University. She served as Associate Dean, Administration and Research from 2016 to 2021, playing a critical leadership role in implementing the JD/JID program and responding to the pandemic, two of the most important events in the history of UVic Law. She has an exemplary record of teaching and research, implementing equity, diversity, inclusion and reconciliation initiatives, and supporting faculty, staff and student success.

October 20th and 21st - Canadian Association for Legal Ethics / Association canadienne pour l’ethique juridique (CALE/ACEJ)

The Canadian Association for Legal Ethics / Association canadienne pour l’ethique juridique (CALE/ACEJ) annual conference will be hosted in-person at the University of Victoria on October 20th and 21st, 2023.

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.

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.