Faculty Highlights


UAlberta Law Communications - 11 June 2018

Eric Adams

Professor Eric Adams spoke as a panelist at the Alberta School of Business conference Pipelines, Provinces, and the Constitution on April 4, 2018, moderated by the Hon. Anne McLellan, PC, OC. Professor Adams spoke about the constitutional ground rules governing interprovincial pipelines and the constitutional principles that help mediate conflicts between provinces. He was also cited extensively by the media over the course of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline debate in early 2018.

Annalise Acorn

Professor Annalise Acorn authored a paper entitled "Reclaiming a restorative understanding of the victim-offender dichotomy," which was published in the December 2017 edition of Restorative Justice: An International Journal.

Catherine Bell

Professor Catherine Bell spoke on the subject of "Collaborative Research with Indigenous Peoples: Legal Contexts and Ethical Aspirations," with a focus on key challenges identified by the First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law Project and the Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage Project.

Tamara Buckwold

Professor Tamara Buckwold participated in the 15th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference at the University of British Columbia in February 2018 together with Professor Roderick Wood.

Timothy Caulfield

Professor Timothy Caulfield received a $9.7 million grant from Genome Canada to study the effectiveness and ethics of kidney transplants, in partnership with Metabolomics Innovation Centre Director David Wishart. Caulfield will co-lead the project together with researchers from the University of British Columbia and McGill University, which aims to reduce the rate of rejected kidney transplants through improved genomic tools.

Hadley Friedland

Assistant Professor Hadley Friedland published a new book entitled The 'Wetiko' Legal Principles: Cree and Anishinabek Responses to Violence and Victimization, which was released in the spring of 2018. Based on research stemming from her LLM thesis, Friedland argues that the 'wetiko' myth in Cree and Anishinabek culture serves as a useful framework for addressing societal ills, and can serve as a legal principle aimed at addressing intimate violence in Indigenous communities and beyond.

Joanna Harrington

Professor Joanna Harrington participated in the March 2, 2018 joint conference "Battleground Metropolis: Urban Warfare and International Humanitarian Law" focused on current and future challenges for the protection of civilians in urban conflicts, with a focus on the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Cameron Jefferies

Assistant Professor Cameron Jefferies was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation for his project "Subsidiarity in Action: Effective Biodiversity Conservation and Municipal Innovation," with support from the Alberta Land Institute, which seeks to explore the environmental implications of recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act expanding municipal jurisdiction over the environment and biodiversity.

Eran Kaplinsky

Professor Eran Kaplinsky was awarded a four-year $467,740 grant by Future Energy Systems at the University of Alberta for a project entitled "Existing capacity and best practices for the integration of future energy systems into Canadian cities and First Nations Communities" together with co-investigator Professor Sandeep Agrawal of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Malcolm Lavoie

Assistant Professor Malcolm Lavoie published a paper entitled "Aboriginal Title Claims to Private Land and the Legal Relevance of Disruptive Effects" in the new book Business Implications of Aboriginal Law, published on March 8, 2018, which focused on the highly contentious issue of Aboriginal land claims to privately owned land. Assistant Professor Anna Lund also contributed a paper to the book.

Matthew Lewans

Professor Matthew Lewans published two papers during the 2017-2018 academic year: "Damages for Unconstitutional Administrative Action? A Comment on Ernst v Alberta Energy Regulator" in the October 2017 edition of Canadian Journal of Administrative Law & Practice and "Administrative Constitutionalism and the Unity of Public Law" in the Osgoode Hall Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series in March 2018.

Anna Lund

Assistant Professor Anna Lund received a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant in December 2017 to support a research project into the relationship between medical bankruptcy in Canada and public programs such as the federal employment insurance sickness benefit and provincial workers' compensation programs. Lund also contributed a paper entitled "Judgment Enforcement Law in Indigenous Communities - Reflections on the Indian Act and Crown Immunity from Execution" in the new book Business Implications of Aboriginal Law, published on March 8, 2018, to which Assistant Professor Malcolm Lavoie also contributed.

Ubaka Ogbogu

Assistant Professor Ubaka Ogbogu co-authored three new health law-related papers published during the 2017-2018 academic year: "Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy: The Road to the Clinic in Canada" (Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, October 2017), "Promotion and marketing of bioidentical hormone therapy on the internet: a content analysis of websites" (Menopause, October 2017) and "Research on Human Embryos and Reproductive Materials: Revisiting Canadian Law and Policy" (Health Policy, February 2018). A further paper "The involvement of Canadian physicians in promoting and providing unproven and unapproved stem cell interventions" is set to be published in December 2018 in BMC Medical Ethics.

George Pavlich

Professor George Pavlich published a new book, Criminal Accusation: Political Rationales and Socio-Legal Practices, in January 2018. The book analyzes the ideas and political patterns that influence how people first enter the criminal justice system and how this influx could be reduced, while arguing for more democratic ways of determining what types of wrongdoing should be treated as criminal. He also co-authored the paper "Recalibrating victimhood in the European Union and Canada" with UAlberta political scientist Lori Thorlakson, which was published in the December 2017 edition of Restorative Justice: An International Journal.

Steven Penney

Penney published a paper entitled "Should Prosper Warnings Be Given to Non-Diligent Detainees Who Waive the Right to Counsel?" in the December 2017 edition of Criminal Reports.

Linda Reif

Professor Linda Reif published a paper in the November 2017 edition of Human Rights Law Review. The paper, entitled "The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Networked Governance: Improving the Role of Human Rights Ombudsman Institutions as National Remedies," focused on how to better empower national human rights institutions in the face of private sector activity that compromises human rights.

Roderick Wood

Professor Roderick Wood participated in the 15th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference at the University of British Columbia in February 2018 together with Professor Tamara Buckwold.