Jane Matthews Glenn

Professor Jane Glenn

Professor Emerita

(Jointly, with the McGill Faculty of Law)

D. de l'Université, Université de Strasbourg (France)
LL.B., Queen's University (Kingston)
B.A., Queen's University (Kingston)

Office: Chancellor Day Hall, Room 26


Professional and research interests

Land-use planning and agricultural law; land tenure and access to housing; socio-economic rights; water; mixed jurisdictions.


Recent and selected publications

Matthews Glenn, J. (in press). “Planning for Potable Water: Public interest and property rights”, in Smit, Anneke & Marcia Valiente, eds., Private Property, Planning and the Public Interest (Vancouver: UBC Press).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2015). “The Canadian Wheat Board, Socio-economic Vulnerability and the Neo-liberal State”, Oñati Socio-legal Series [online], vol. 5(1), pp. 135-161 (Spain).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2014) “Saint Lucia: The Quebec Connection – Parallelism, convergence and divergence”, pp. 185-212 in Farran, Sue, Esin Örücü & Seán Patrick Dolan, eds., A Study of Mixed Legal Systems: Endangered, entrenched or blended (Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing).

Matthews Glenn, J. & José Otero (2013). “Canada and the Kyoto Protocol: An Aesop fable”, pp. 489-507 in Hollo, Erkki, Kati Kulovesi & Michael Mehling, eds., Climate Change and the Law: A global perspective, in Ius Gentium: Comparative perspectives on law and justice Series, vol. 21 (Berlin: Springer).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2013). “Reconceptualising Social and Economic Rights: The right to housing and intersecting legal regimes”, pp. 187-204 in Sheppard, Colleen & René Provost, eds., Dialogues on Human Rights and Legal Pluralism / Dialogues sur les droits humains et le pluralism juridique, in Ius Gentium: Comparative perspectives on law and justice Series, vol. 17 (Berlin: Springer).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2012). “Troubles de voisinage législative: L’exemple de la Loi sur l’aménagement du territoire et de la Loi sur l’eau saine dans l’Ontario, Canada”, pp. 169-183 in Collart Dutilleul, François, dir., De la terre aux aliments, des valeurs au droit (Programme Lascaux) (Costa Rica : INIDA).

  • Also published (2010) as “Sibling Rivalry: The example of the Planning Act and the Clean Water Act in Ontario”, in Vermont Law Review, vol. 34, pp. 903-915.

Matthews Glenn, J. & José Otero (2012). “Addressing Climate Change in Canada: ‘(Un)cooperative federalism?’, Finnish Journal of Environmental Law (Ympäristö-Juridiikka), vol. 32, pp. 82-114.

Matthews Glenn, J. (2011). “GMOs and Environmental Damage in Canadian Law”, pp. 293-304 in Carretero García, A., ed., Agricultura Transgénica y Calidad Alimentaria Análisis de derecho comparado, Colección Estudios #133 (Cuenca: Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) (Spain).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2010). “Crown Ownership of Water in Situ in Common Law Canada: Public trusts, classical trusts and fiduciary duties”, Cahiers de Droit, vol. 51, pp. 493-519.

Matthews Glenn, J. (2010). “Damage Caused by GMOs under Canadian Law”, pp. 663-714 in Koch, Bernard A., ed., Damage Caused by Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative survey of redress options for harm to persons, property or the environment, Tort and Insurance Law, vol. 27 (Berlin: de Gruyter Publishing).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2010). “GM Agriculture in Canada: A courtroom drama”, pp. 254-273 in Bodiguel, Luc & Michael Caldwell, eds., The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative Approaches (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2010). “Mixed Jurisdictions in the Commonwealth Caribbean: Mixing, unmixing, remixing”, pp. 78-108 in Örücü, Esin, ed., Mixed Legal Systems at New Frontiers, JCL Studies in Comparative Law (London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing).

  • Also published (2008) in 3:1 Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 3:1, pp. 53-76 (UK).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2009). “Mont-Tremblant, Quebec: Canadian Law and the Ecological Footprint of a Four-Season Resort” (four-chapter case study), pp. 329-415 in Milne, Janet E., Julia LeMense & Ross A. Virginia, eds., Mountain Resorts: Ecology and the Law, Ecology and Law in Modern Society Series (Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2008). “Informal Formality: Tenantries, Ejidos and Family Land”, International Journal of Law in Context, vol. 4:2, pp, 135-148 (UK).

Matthews Glenn, J. (2008). Book review of Bakker, Karen (ed.), Eau Canada: The future of Canada’s water (Vancouver-Toronto: UBC Press, 2007), in McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, vol. 4:2, pp. 231-236.

Matthews Glenn, J. (2004). “Enforceability of Economic and Social Rights in the Wake of Gosselin: Room for Cautious Optimism”, Canadian Bar Review, vol. 83, pp. 929-957.

Matthews Glenn, J. & Véronique Bélanger (2003). “Informal Law in Informal Settlements”, pp. 281-304 in Holder, Jane & Carolyn Harrison, eds., Law and Geography, Current Legal Issues vol. 5 (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Matthews Glenn, J. (2003). Book review of Alterman, Rachelle (ed.), National-Level Planning in Democratic Countries: An international comparison of city and regional policy-making, Town Planning Review Special Study No. 4, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, in: Journal of the American Planning Association, vol. 69, pp. 207-208.

Matthews Glenn, J. & Anne Drost (1999). “Aboriginal Rights and Sustainable Development”, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 48, pp. 176-186 (UK).

Matthews Glenn, J. & Christine Toppin-Allahar (1997). “Chattel Houses and Mobile Homes: Fixtures in Caribbean and Canadian Law”, Caribbean Law Review, vol. 7, pp. 368-391 (Barbados).

Matthews Glenn, J. & Jeanne M. Wolfe (1996). “The Growth of the Informal Sector and Regularisation of Spontaneous Development: Lessons from the Caribbean for planning law reform”, Third World Planning Review vol. 18:1, pp. 59-77 (UK).

Matthews Glenn, J., Ronald P. Labossiere & Jeanne M. Wolfe (1993). “Squatter Regularisation: Problems and Prospects - A case study from Trinidad”, Third World Planning Review, vol. 15:3, pp. 249-262 (UK).

Matthews Glenn, J. (1990). “La protection des biens culturels en droit public interne québécois: Les biens immobiliers” 24 Revue juridique Thémis 37-50.

Matthews Glenn, J. & Robert G. Doumani (1989). “Property, Planning and the Charter” (with Robert G. Doumani) 34 McGill Law Journal, vol. 34, pp. 1036-1062.

Matthews Glenn, J. & Jeanne M. Wolfe (1996). “New Town Planning, Land Acquisition and Betterment Value: The Case of Lebourgneuf, Quebec”, pp. 15-46, in Byczewski & Ptaszynska-Woloczkowicz, eds., Land Use Management under Different Political Systems (Warsawa: TUP).

Matthews Glenn, J. (1988). “L'administration régionale et locale au Québec: La Rébellion de 1837” 66 Revue Historique de Droit Français et Étranger, vol. 66, pp. 211-219 (France).

Matthews Glenn, J. (1986). “La décentralisation de l'aménagement du territoire: Mythe ou réalité?”, Les Cahiers de Droit, vol. 27, pp. 355-370.

Matthews Glenn, J. (1980). “La coexistence de la Loi sur la protection du territoire agricole et la Loi sur l'aménagement et l'urbanisme”, pp. 279-315, in Poirier, M., ed., Droit québécois de l'aménagement du territoire (Éditions Revue de Droit, Université de Sherbrooke)

Matthews Glenn, J. (1980). “La protection du territoire agricole au Québec”, Revue Générale de Droit, vol. 11, pp. 209-232.

Matthews Glenn, J. (1977). “L'aménagement du territoire en droit public québécois”, McGill Law Journal, vol. 23, pp. 242-261.


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