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2016/2017 Faculty Presentation News


  • (April 21) Professor Jennifer Koshan will be presenting at the Provincial Court of British Columbia Spring 2017 Conference in Victoria, BC today. The conference's focus is The Sexual Assault Trial, and the title of Jennifer's presentation is "Current Challenges and the Future of Sexual Assault Law."
  • (April 18) Professor Kathleen Mahoney delivered the keynote address for the task force on conceptual foundation of earth system governance at Loyola Sustainability Research Center at Concordia University on April 13. The title of Kathleen's presentation was Reconciliation, Indigenous Knowledge and Earth Law. The conference was in preparation for the UNESCO World Conference on Humanities to be held in Belgium in June 2017.
  • (April 17) On April 11, Professor Jennifer Koshan appeared as an expert witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women, to address Bill C-337, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (sexual assault). The Bill proposes to introduce mandatory judicial education for new federally appointed judges on sexual assault law and social context, and to require written reasons in sexual assault cases.
  • (March 9) Professor Shaun Fluker and Drew Yewchuk, JD'17, presented to the Canadian Bar Association - Administrative Law subsection on March 9 in Calgary. The presentation set out some of the findings on their research concerning leave to appeal decisions by superior courts concerning the appeal of statutory tribunals in Canada. A copy of the presentation is available here.
  • (March 9) Professor Nigel Bankes spoke to the natural resources subsection of the Canadian Bar Association-Alberta on March 9. Nigel spoke on the "modernization" of the National Energy Board. A copy of his presentation is available here.
  • (March 3) Professor Alice Woolley spoke at the CBA-FSLC Legal Ethics Forum in Toronto on March 3. Alice spoke on the panel Prosecutorial Conduct – Ethics and Regulation for Lawyers Without Clients but with a Special Role.
  • (March 3) Professor Alice Woolley was the keynote speaker at the University of Toronto's Law Needs Feminism Because event on March 3. Alice spoke on feminism and the law, with particular focus on a recent article which she co-authored, "Nasty Women and the Rule of Law".


  • (Dec 9) Professor Sharon Mascher presented at the International Australian Studies Association Conference "Re-imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility," in Fremantle, Western Australia, on December 9. Sharon presented her paper "Indigenous Representation, Politics and Recognition," which she co-authored with Simon Young. The conference offered the opportunity of addressing the intensification of overlapping, interpenetrating and mixing of cultures and peoples in everyday life in Australia – and how its public culture has become increasingly re-imagined through intense conversations and inter-epistemic dialogue. The conference showcased contemporary research and creativity in understanding Australia through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.
  • (Dec 7) Professor Kathleen Mahoney presented at the Ontario Bar Association's 8th Annual Class Actions Colloquium on December 5. Kathleen, along with Phil Fontaine, OC, OM, President, Ishkonigan Consulting and Mediation, former National Chief AFN, was a keynote speaker at the event, providing insight on
    the Residential Schools class action and settlement as well as the Truth and Reconciliation process.
  • (Nov 28) Professor Jennifer Koshan presented at Saturday Morning at the Law School on November 26, on the subject "Medically Assisted Dying – Past, Present and Future." The event was hosted by the Canadian Institute of Resources Law.
  • (Nov 24) Professor Emerita Arlene Kwasniak and David Laidlaw, a research fellow with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law presented at "Water: too much or too little?", at the University of Calgary on November 24. The round-table discussion explored the future of water over the next 20 years in Calgary and beyond. Read more.
  • (Nov 23) Professor Emerita Arlene Kwasniak and Professor Martin Olszynski presented as part of The Expert Panel, charged with reviewing Canada’s environmental assessment regime, in Calgary on November 21, 2016. Associate Professor Shaun Fluker and students from University of Calgary’s Public Interest Law Clinic also presented on Wednesday, November 23.
  • (Nov 18) Professor Emily Laidlaw is presented at the Canadian Privacy Workshop at the University of Toronto. The topic of her discussion was "A Path to Harmonization: Untangling Canadian Intermediary Liability of Social Networking Providers for Privacy Violations." 
  • (Nov 18) Professor Jennifer Koshan delivered the keynote address at the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund Edmonton Persons Day Breakfast on November 18, 2016.  Professor Koshan spoke about, "Sexual Violence and Women's Advocacy: From Ewanchuk to Wagar." Please see here for more information. 
  • (Nov 16) Professor Sharon Mascher spoke on a Canadian Bar Association panel about the topic of "The Future of Climate Leadership in Alberta: Environmental, Industry and Academic Perspectives" on November 16, 2016. For more information, please see here.
  • (Nov 3) Nigel Bankes spoke at the 9th Energy Law Fundamentals Seminar hosted by the Canadian Energy Law Foundation (CELF) in Calgary, November 3, 2106. Nigel spoke on the topic of “The Fundamentals of Alberta’s Power Market and the Integration of Renewables”. His PowerPoint presentation is available here
  • (Oct 31) Professor Martin Olszynski presented "Fisheries Act Review: An Empirical Analysis of the Section 35 Regime and Recommendations for Reform" to the House Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, in Ottawa, ON on October 31, 2016.
  • (Oct 29) Professor Al Lucas and Professor Emerita Arlene Kwasniak presented "How Public are Public Lands?" for Saturday Morning at the Law School on October 29, 2016, hosted by Canadian Institute for Resources Law. Al and Arlene are two of the three authors of Public Lands and Resources Law in Canada (Irwin Law, 2016), the first and only Canadian law textbook that focuses on Government owned lands and resources, and the myriad of environmental, economic, and social issues they raise. Al and Arlene addressed what public lands and resources are and how they came to be, in what sense are they "public", whether should they remain in public ownership, and whether there should be limitations on private profits from public lands and resources.
  • (Oct 29) Professor Kathleen Mahoney was a keynote speaker at the Truth and Reconciliation Summit, which was held at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity on October 29, 2016. The summit, gave Bow Valley residents the opportunity to learn about and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action. Kathleen's talk was titled "Starting Down the Long Road to Reconciliation: Individual and Collective Responsibility."
  • (Oct 21) Professor Michael Ilg presented a paper on "The Rule of Law and Economic Development" at the 7th Annual Law and Development Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the 21st of October. The focus of the conference was "Law and Development: From the Global South Perspectives" and featured high-level academic presentations from more than thirty academics from around the world. Professor Ilg presented as part of a panel focused on "Development and the Rule of Law."  More information on this conference can be found here.
  • (Oct 18) Professor Micheal Nesbitt spoke at the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on October 18, 2016. The mandate of the Committee on Public Safety and National Security is to review the policies, programs and expenditure plans of government departments and agencies responsible for public safety and national security, policing and law enforcement, corrections and conditional release of federal offenders, emergency management, crime prevention and the protection of Canada's borders. Michael spoke about the reform of Canada's national security laws at this meeting, including the Government's review of Bill C-51.
  • (Oct 6) Professor Nigel Bankes presented his paper "The Status of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Law and Policy," at the 9th Polar Law Symposium, University of Akureyri, Iceland, October 5-9, 2016.
  • (Oct 6) Professor Shaun Fluker presented his work on ecological integrity as a legal, scientific and normative concept to officials with Parks Canada on October 6.
  • (October 5) Professor Sharon Mascher presented at the Environmental Law Centre's 4th annual Green Regs 'n Ham session on October 5, participating in a panel discussion of Alberta's first foray into a broadly applied carbon tax.
  • (September 28) On September 28, Professor Shaun Fluker presented his work on the legal protection of west slope cutthroat trout habitat at the Under Western Skies conference, held at Mount Royal University.
  • (September 28) Professor Nigel Bankes spoke on the Arbitral Award in the South China Sea Arbitration in Oslo, Norway on September 28. Nigel addressed the legal status of China's nine-dash line and China's claim to exercise historic rights in the South China Sea. More details can be found here.
  • (September 26) Professor Nigel Bankes organized a workshop on "Access to compulsory binding dispute resolution under the Law of the Sea Convention" in Tromsø, Norway, September 21 and 22, 2016. Nigel presented a paper on "Precluding the Application of Part XV of the Convention."
  • (July 15) Professor Michelle Christopher presented at the joint conference of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) and the International Journal for Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE) on July 12. Michelle presented her paper "Bridging the Gap: Academic Faculty Perceptions and Attitudes About Clinical Legal Education."

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