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

Victor Ramraj and Supriya Routh: a new edited volume

Amartya Sen and Law Victor V. Ramraj (CAPI Director and Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and professor of Law) and Supriya Routh (CAPI Research Associate and professor of Law) are co-editors of a new Philosophers and Law Series volume from Routledge (2019) commemorating the legal contributions of renowned Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen.

Professors Deckha and Parmar awarded SSHRC Insight grants

Congratulations to UVic Law Professors Pooja Parmar and Maneesha Deckha, who were both recipients of SSHRC Insight grants for their respective research. The awards were announced on July 17th, with UVic researchers receiving a total of $6 million dollars in SSHRC grants. Professor Parmar's research, "Indigenous Laws as Source of Ethical Lawyering and Professionalism in Canada," will be conducted in collaboration with John Borrows and Sarah Morales. Professor Deckha's research will examine "The Rule of Law, Animal Vulnerability, and Animal Agriculture."

John Borrows awarded 2019 Canada Council Molson Prize

John Borrows, one of Canada’s foremost law scholars and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria, is the winner of the 2019 Canada Council Molson Prize in social sciences and humanities. The prize honours contributions to Canada’s cultural and intellectual heritage.

John Borrows: new book on Law's Indigenous Ethics

Law’s Indigenous Ethics examines the revitalization of Indigenous peoples’ relationship to their own laws and, in so doing, attempts to enrich Canadian constitutional law more generally. Organized around the seven Anishinaabe grandmother and grandfather teachings of love, truth, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty, and respect, this book explores ethics in relation to Aboriginal issues including title, treaties, legal education, and residential schools.

New environmental law casebook by Chris Tollefson

In this new edition of Canada's leading environmental law text, Professors Doelle and Tollefson provide a fully updated and much expanded treatise that will be welcomed by students, practitioners and environmental professionals alike. It includes a comprehensive collection of cases, articles, commentary, notes and questions and covers a broad range of topics. This third edition covers the current state of federal, provincial, commonwealth and U.S. environmental law.

Vistas fall issue is online!

The fall issue of Vistas is now online! In this issue get to know the new Dean of Law, Susan Breau, and why she is so passionate about international humanitarian law, find out what so many of our law alumni are doing in Japan, learn how alumna Indra Heed Hornsby (’97) made a legal career in aerospace and orbital economics, see photos and a recap of the launch of our new Indigenous Law Degree Program and catch up on what faculty and fellow alumni are doing.

PhD student Lana Lowe named Land Champion

Lana Lowe, a UVic Law PhD student and member of the Fort Nelson First Nation has been named the 2018 Land Champion by the Real Estate Foundation of BC. The award was presented to Lana at a Gala event on October 11, 2018. In 2016, the award was given to Deborah Curran, the Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre at UVic, who in turn nominated Lana for the award this year.

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 lawalum@uvic.ca or 250-853-3518.

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