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John Borrows receives Order of Canada for 2nd time

February 20, 2024 | CFAX 1070 via UVic News

John Borrows, from the University of Victoria, has been named to the Order of Canada as an Officer for a 2nd time. John Borrows is one of the worlds best authorities on Indigenous rights and legal traditions. He is also a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash Unceded First Nation.

The Order of Canada also recognized Dr. Borrows’  work to reveal “the legal diversity and many parallel systems of justice that exist in Canada, for which he has been cited by Canadian courts.”

The Order of Canada is considered to be “one of our country’s highest honours”. As its mission is to recognize the achievements of those who make significant contributions to the country.

Dr. John Borrows is a professor of law at the University of Victoria, whose research interests include, Indigenous, environmental, and constitutional law. To learn more about Dr. Borrows’ work in these areas, check out his author page on UVicSpace!

UVic Law student wins inaugural Martin Felsky award

Via CanLII Blog

Congratulations to Lee-Ann Conrod, who won the inaugural Martin Felsky Award for an article she wrote for the University of Victoria Faculty of Law student-run and open access journal APPEAL: Review Of Current Law And Law Reform. This award is given by CanLII to a student or recent graduate who demonstrates excellence in Canadian open legal commentary on the subjects of legal research and legal technology.

Read the article here: Smart Devices in Criminal Investigations: How Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Can Better Protect Privacy in the Search of Technology and Seizure of Information, 2019

Animals under the law

March 22, 2019 | CBC Radio via UVic News

University of Victory law professor Maneesha Deckha contributed to CBC’s radio show Ideas in an episode titled Animals Under the Law: What options are there for animals to ‘lawyer up’?.

To read the article or listen to the full episode on CBC Radio follow the link provided above and to read more of her work published in our repository please follow this link to UVicSpace.

UVic Author Celebration Feature: The Right Relationship

The annual UVic Author Celebration is happening TODAY as part of Ideafest. Join us as we celebrate books written by UVic authors, including an engaging panel discussion on issues facing First Nations communities.

When: (Today) March 8, 2018
Where: University Bookstore
Time: 3:00-4:30pm

The author panel includes: John Borrows (Law), Michele Tanaka (Education), Paul Whitinui (Education), and Wanosts’a7 Lorna Williams (Education). Rebecca Johnson (Indigenous Law Research Unit) will moderate.

This week, we will highlight the books written by members of the author panel.

The Right Relationship by edited by John Borrows and Michael Coyle was released last year by University of Toronto Press.

About the Book

In The Right Relationship, John Borrows and Michael Coyle bring together a group of renowned scholars, both indigenous and non-indigenous, to cast light on the magnitude of the challenges Canadians face in seeking a consensus on the nature of treaty partnership in the twenty-first century. The diverse perspectives offered in this volume examine how Indigenous people’s own legal and policy frameworks can be used to develop healthier attitudes between First Peoples and settler governments in Canada. While considering the existing law of Aboriginal and treaty rights, the contributors imagine what these relationships might look like if those involved pursued our highest aspirations as Canadians and Indigenous peoples. This timely and authoritative volume provides answers that will help pave the way toward good governance for all.

About the Editors

John Borrows is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. He teaches in the area of Constitutional Law, Indigenous Law, and Environmental Law. In addition to teaching generations of students at his home base in UVic’s law school, he has served as visiting professor in the US, Australia and New Zealand. As a global leader in Indigenous law, Borrows’ ideas helped shape the recommendations of both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He has led engagement with Indigenous legal traditions in Canada and internationally, bringing to light some of the injustices, inequalities and conditions of Indigenous people. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. Recently, he was named the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts. Borrows is Anishinabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

Michael Coyle is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Law at Western University. He has over twenty-five years of experience in mediating disputes between the Crown and First Nations.

Praise for the Book

“This book presents an innovative argument on understanding and implementing treaties… Contributors are innovative in the way they conceive of alternatives that respect traditions and legal structures of Indigenous nations and government.” (E. Acevedo, Choice Magazine vol 55:04:2017)

“The Right Relationship, goes well beyond a capsule summary of the issues related to the interpretation and implementation of historical treaties. This wide-reaching collection of essays represents leading-edge scholarship on the central issue of how we, in modern Canada, can give life and voice to historical treaties in a manner that can be justified by law, philosophy, and moral reasoning. This volume is a serious contribution to the study of Indigenous–settler relations.” (Douglas Sanderson, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto)

Also by John Borrows

Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (2016, University of Toronto Press) celebrates the emancipatory potential of Indigenous traditions, considers their value as the basis for good laws and good lives, and critiques the failure of Canadian constitutional traditions to recognize their significance.