In early February, the Concours Mignault moot team (Julien Morissette, Lana Rabinovitch, Jean-François Bisson-Ross and Caroline Briand) returned from Ottawa with the Best Pleader Prize (Julien Morissette). Our appellants team, Julien Morissette and Lani Rabinovich, came in second, but did not make it to the finals because the first place team (Laval) was also representing the appellants. This year, the moot revolved around issues of contract law and arbitration. Congratulations to our four students and to their coaches, Jean Lortie and Greg Moore (McCarthy Tétrault).
Professor Catherine Walsh of McGill's Faculty of Law, with her co-authors Profs. R. Cuming and R. Wood, has just published "Personal Property Security Law in Canada" (Irwin Law, 2005). This is the first Canadian book to examine the law and policy of secured lending at the national level. Professor Walsh is a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group charged with the preparation of a Secured Transactions Legislative Guide. She has played an advisory or consultative role on a number of other secured transactions reform initiatives outside Canada, and co-authored (with Professor Cuming) a guide on secured transactions registration systems for the Asian Development Bank.
Benjamin Perrin, a master's student, received the University of Ottawa International Law Students Association Award for his presentation on promoting compliance with international humanitarian law by private military and security companies. The award was given during the second annual Global Generations Conference, held in Ottawa on February 17. The conference was hosted by U. Ottawa's Faculty of Law and the Canadian Lawyers Association for International Human Rights. Mr. Perrin's research work was undertaken following Professor René Provost's seminar on international humanitarian law last term.
On February 24, Professor Marie-Claude Prémont will be presenting a lecture titled "Quel jugement porter sur le jugement Chaoulli?" at the "Le privé dans la santé - Après le jugement Chaoulli" symposium. This symposium will examine the effects of the Chaoulli vs. Quebec court decision regarding private care on essential medical and hospital services in the province and discuss possible options and scenarios. Professor Prémont was also a speaker at the Canadian Health Coalition's Roundtable on Wait Times on January 16, 2006.
The main floor reference area of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library will not be accessible from Thursday, August 10, until early September. The Reference Collection will remain accessible. Other computers and study spaces are available in the complex. Please feel free to ask Library staff for details.
If you're interested in organizing your references and creating hassle-free formatted bibliographies, the Humanities and Social Sciences Library is offering an EndNote session on Tuesday, August 15, at 12:30 pm. No registration is required. Please note that this software is available for downloading to your own computer for free: come to a Library session to find out how.
The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs has awarded a one-year, $150,000 grant to the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism to finance an internships programme.
Professor Stephen Smith has produced a new edition of the landmark textbook "Atiyah's Introduction to the Law of Contract."