Using Private Law Models to Revitalize Indigenous Law: Anishinaabe Law and Dispute Resolution - A Proposal


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 202, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

The Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law continues its 2016-2018 Civil Law Workshops series, “Le public en droit privé”, with a talk by John Borrows (UVic).


In some jurisdictions, private arbitration processes allow parties to resolve disputes by constructing their own choice of forum and guiding laws. This paper will consider how Indigenous peoples might revitalize their own legal traditions through voluntary fora where Indigenous processes and principles guide dispute resolution. 

About the speaker

Professor John Borrows is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. He is currently a Distinguished Tomlinson Visiting Professor at McGill's Faculty of Law, in residence for the 2017-2018 university year.

Borrows teaches in the area of Constitutional Law, Indigenous Law, and Environmental Law. His publications include Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002); Canada's Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011); and Drawing Out Law: A Spirit's Guide (2010), all from the University of Toronto Press.

Borrows is a recipient an Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, and a Fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC), Canada's highest academic honour, and a 2012 recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Counsel from the Indigenous Bar Association, for honour and integrity in service to Indigenous communities. He is Anishinabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

Civil Law Workshops

In order to promote fundamental research in private law, the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law initiated the “Civil Law Workshops” series, bringing together jurists from Québec and beyond to work on related research topics. With their cross-disciplinary focus, the “Civil Law Workshops” contribute to enriching and stimulating fundamental research in private law.

The 2016-2018 series of Civil Law Workshops presented by the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law explore “Le public en droit privé”.

The workshops are presented with financial assistance from Justice Canada’s Support Fund for Access to Justice in Both Official Languages.

Registration is not required. Each workshop has been accredited for 1.5 hour of continuing legal education by the Barreau du Québec and the Chambre des notaires du Québec.

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