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The Paul-André Crépeau Centr45e for Private and Comparative Law attaches great importance to developing a network for the exchange and dissemination of foundational research in private law.

To this end, it brings together scholars from near and far to participate in activities such as its continuing series of workshops, as well as conferences and colloquia.


SUMMER 2016

10th Summer Institute of Jurislinguistics

When: June 10, 2016, 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where:  Leacock Building, Room 232, McGill University (map)

The Crépeau Centre is pleased to announce the 10th edition of its Summer Institute of Jurislinguistics. On this occasion, speakers from here and abroad will address some main themes of jurislinguistics. Programme and registration information will be communicated soon. For more details, please click here.

Summer Seminars

More information to come.

 

 

 

WINTER 2016

40th Anniversary of the Crépeau Centre

When: February 12, 2016, 1:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: Room 100 (Moot Court), New Chancellor Day Hall

Things, Rights and Animals: La situation juridique de l'animal au Québec

Who: Alexandra Popovici, Lionel Smith, Gaële Gidrol-Mistral and Daniel Weinstock (moderator)
When: March 8, 2016, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where:  McGill Faculty of Law, Moot Court (room 100)

In collaboration with the Notarial Chair of the University of Montreal and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund of McGill University, the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law invites you to a panel on the reform of the legal status of the animal in Québec. The event will be followed by a reception in the Atrium. For more details, please click here.

BLG Student Research Mini-Conference

Who: McGill Law Students
When: April 1, 2016, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Rooms 312 & 316, New Chancellor Day Hall

Programme:PDF icon Mini-conference 2016

 


FALL 2015

2014-2016 Civil Law Workshops series - "L'abnégation en droit civil"

L'abnégation comme fondement de l'ordre juridique et social : l'expérience des femmes mariées du Québec

Who: Thierry Nootens, UQTR
When: November 20, 2015
Where: Room 202, NCDH

De l'entrée en vigueur du Code civil du Bas-Canada (1866) à la Crise des années 30, l'abnégation féminine constitue l'un des piliers de l'ordre social au Québec. Le sacrifice de soi, doublé de l'obligation d'obéissance, figure alors en bonne place dans le droit positif, les réalités familiales et la morale promue par les groupes dominants. Bref, l'abnégation fait système, du point de vue des rapports entre droit et société. Des causes rapportées et des procès ordinaires permettent de mieux comprendre comment le fait de « prendre sur soi » a été vécu par les femmes mariées en diverses circonstances (problèmes financiers, ruptures conjugales, etc.) et de rendre compte de sa régulation par la magistrature. Les juges, comme nous le verrons, étaient partagés entre leur volonté de sévir à l'égard des épouses oublieuses de leurs devoirs et la nécessité de secourir des femmes confrontées à des situations intolérables. Si on ne peut pas tirer de leçons pour le temps présent à partir de ce matériel, ce chapitre de l'histoire des femmes permet néanmoins de réfléchir à un enjeu bien contemporain, celui de la juridicisation et judiciarisation des rapports sociaux. La faible institutionnalisation de la vie sociale, avant l'apparition de l'État providence, faisait en sorte que le droit et la justice présentaient une concrétude immédiate pour les populations, réalité dont le parcours des femmes en difficulté témoigne éloquemment.

Selflessness in the context of testamentary gift-giving: The case of testamentary promises

Who: Alexandra Braun
When: October 30, 2015
Where: Room 202, New Chancellor Day Hall

This paper investigates the role selflessness and more specifically altruism is playing in the context of testamentary gift-giving, with a particular focus on testamentary promises. It investigates the motives behind testamentary gifts and, especially, promises to benefit someone on death, by drawing on findings of economists, anthropologists and sociologists.

This paper explores the nature of such promises and the consequences that ensue when they are broken, and questions whether and, to what extent, the motives should influence how lawmakers perceive and tackle cases in which the promisee has relied upon the promise.

Inheritance and Family Values

Who: Dot Reid
When: October 2, 2015
Where: Room 202, New Chancellor Day Hall

The law of succession is on the reform agenda in the UK. Before the law was changed for England and Wales in 2014, the Law Commission worked with researchers to conduct a large survey of public attitudes.

Despite extensive social change and the acceptance of many different forms of being 'family', the nuclear family reigns supreme in attitudes towards inheritance. The Scottish government has not proposed making significant changes

This workshop will discuss recent developments in light of recent research and will examine the broader values underpinning inheritance in terms of government policy and public attitudes.