The Friends of the McGill Library present the 2019 F.R. Scott Lecture - a conversation between The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, P.C., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Shauna Van Praagh, Professor of Law at McGill University. Some topics to be explored include interactions of Canadian law and contemporary society, changing roles and responsibilities of jurists and judges, and future challenges for law and justice.
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About the speakers
Chief Justice Richard Wagner was called to the Quebec Bar in 1980 and practiced law until being appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in 2004. He was a partner in the law firm of Lavery, de Billy from 1980 to 2004. He argued cases before all the Quebec courts and quasi-judicial tribunals, as well as before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. Chief Justice Wagner was elected First Councillor of the Bar of Montréal for 2000-2001 before being elected Bâtonnier of the Bar of Montréal for 2001-2002. In 2004, he was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court for the District of Montréal, where he sat in the Civil Division, the Commercial Division and the Criminal Division. He was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal in 2011. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2012 and appointed Chief Justice of Canada on December 18, 2017.
Shauna Van Praagh is a Professor of Law at McGill University, where she has taught since 1993 and served as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies in Law from 2007 to 2010. A graduate of University of Toronto (BSc 1986, LLB 1989) and Columbia University (LLM 1992, JSD 2000), she clerked for the Right Honourable Brian Dickson, Chief Justice of Canada, in 1989-1990. Her areas of research and writing include religious communities and law, identity and integrity in law, religious diversity and education, children and the law of civil wrongs, comparative legal traditions and methodology, law and literature, and stories in legal education. She has been involved in the design and implementation of innovations in programmes and pedagogy at McGill, and is active in McGill’s Institute for Comparative Law, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law.